**300 copies** "There have been quite a few releases of Antoine Beuger’s music over the past several years and it’s an odd, and very pleasurable thing to consider them en masse. On the one hand, his music is so diaphanous, so air-suffused that you’d think it might be difficult (not to mention unnecessary) to differentiate them mentally. On the other, they’re always very different. There’s that old AMM aphorism: “as alike or unalike as trees” that conveys something of my feelings about Beuger’s work. In his liner notes, Guy Peters writes that Traces of Eternity..., inspired by David Patterson’s Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought, takes the form of a 288-page score with minimal notation on each page, the performer able to dip in and out as desired, to interpret as seen fit. Pianist Dante Boon, one of the very finest proponents of Beuger’s music (as well as that of many other composers associated with the Wandelweiser collective) chose to begin where he’d previously left off on his own journey through the score. Single notes are struck, pure and lambent, strings gently caressed, suspended in silence, or near-silence as the rooms is heard, faintly, as are adjustments by Boon, including pedaling. As is often the case with Beuger’s music, there’s a combination of spareness and, if not always apparent, sensual beauty, a resilient softness and warmth. The connective tissue is gossamer but surprisingly strong. Now and then, the piano sounds more forcefully, deeply; once in a while a fragment of a melody emerges, but just as a glimmer, something seen out of the corner of one’s eye (or ear), then vanishing as the music flows past, around the corner. The same and different. Boon’s degree of sensitivity is profound, pacing the work perfectly, varying his approach subtly, maintaining the piece’s vibrating sense of life throughout, reading his text. One only hopes that, someday, the work might be heard in its entirety." - Just Outside
Dante Boon : piano
Performed, recorded, mixed & mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. studio, Anderlecht (Belgium) on May 26th 2019.