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Limpe Fuchs

Pianoon (LP)

Label: Futura Resistenza

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental

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"The Piano’s been one of the instruments Limpe Fuchs received an academic education for when attending the Music Academy in Munich during the early 1960’s. In the early 1970’s Friedrich Gulda, the world-famous classical pianist, who was eager to leave behind the orthodoxies, limitations and restrictions of the classical music world, got to know Limpe and was inspired by her fearless approach towards music. They started improvising and performing together and their musical dialogue lasted until the end of the 1980’s. But despite being trained on the piano and playing frequently with a famous pianist she seldomly played the instrument herself, focusing on percussion instruments instead. She also recorded very little piano music during all these years. Until recently, the only known documents of Limpe playing the piano were recorded as “Piano Toscano”, an improvisation played on Gulda’s Bösendorfer (released on “Monte Alto”, 1977) and her solo-record “Pianobody 2002” (released in 2006).

So, what does it all mean, when it comes to “Pianoon”? Well, it’s all of importance to a certain degree – and it’s not. Of course, Limpe’s playing inherits more than half a century of experience as an improvising musician, but on the other hand, Limpe’s music has always been and is about the very moment she’s playing. When engaging with an instrument she’s in the now, performing aware of what is going on around her now, not thinking about the past nor the future. And it’s recommended to act accordingly as a listener. Don’t think about the history of the piano as such or Limpe’s musical history, stop listening for clues, there are no inside-jokes to find, no notes dropped tongue-in-cheek. It’s all about the sound of the instrument, Limpe’s fingers hitting the keys. But yeah, talk about hitting the keys – there’s indeed a certain very peculiar quality of her playing: she’s been and still is a drummer and percussionist, for the most, and her percussive approach shines through when playing the piano. That much can be said, for sure. Other than that, just sit back, relax and enjoy every single note played on “Pianoon”, Limpe’s raw and curious encounter with an instrument she’s known for a long time but started to explore more and more just recently and rather late into her ongoing career. It’s an adventure for her and you are invited to experience it, too!" - Holger Adam

Cat. number: RESLP022
Year: 2024