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A miracle named Aydin Esen
Of all the music I have heard in my lifetime, the music of Aydin Esen is among those, who left the deepest impression on me. I got to know the Turkish Pianist about 20 years ago, while we both were studying in Boston. It has always been a kind of mystery how this man creates music, seemingly effortless and groundbreaking.
The CD Dialogo consists of music composed in real-time. In many respects Aydin accomplishes that rare thing: to make new music. To make music that did not exist before. Nevertheless the soundscapes of his imagination are always sensuous and accessible. What he plays is never abstract but formally and harmonically extremely stringent. The Turkish musician has been developing his music since he was a child and has arrived at a timeless mastery. Born with enormous talents he has steered his music away from the classical and Jazz tradition into his own cosmos of sound.
We as listeners get to hear what he finds in the rich musical world he alone travels.
Naturally Aydin Esen does not fit into categories. It can be said, that his music draws from influences of the classical music of the 20th century as well as from Jazz and improvised music. He started playing piano when he was two years old and studied the instrument in Istanbul, Boston and Oslo.
He has received numerous awards for composition and piano, such as the 1st prize at the International Piano Competition of Paris in 1989. At Berklee College of Music in Boston he took one year to study a course that usually takes four years. He later received his masters in piano and composition at New England Conservatory with honors.
As someone who has followed his music for a while I can say that it is one of a kind and easily recognizable as Aydins work. His musical language is the exact opposite of arbitrary. Many colleagues of mine such as Mick Goodrick and David Liebman draw major inspiration from Aydin Esen. At a jam session with Aydin in Boston, Pat Metheny just asked: „How did you get so good?“
Material Record is proud to present this work on the label.
Wolfgang Muthspiel, Vienna, August 2005