New Kotebel Album – Progress to date
About a year ago I wrote a post about what we were up to for our next album. Back then, half of the second movement and the first movement of the Piano Concerto did not exist. I finished writing the Concerto during the backend of 2010, and since then a lot of work has been put into fine-tuning arrangements and studying each part (especially the soloist, of course). We have now gone through the more complex passages and hope to be prepared to go into the studio by mid September. The album will feature another beast left over when we selected creatures from the “Book of Imaginary Beings” to make Ouroboros. This one is a very common: The Hippogriff. “The Flight of the Hippogriff” will be presented in two parts, separated by one or two pieces. This work is intended as a contrast to the piano concerto; there is no acoustic piano and is much simpler in its overall conception. Both parts should not take too long to assemble, so we should also have them ready by mid September. After our gig in January we have not scheduled any concerts and still there are no plans for immediate ones. But we are already developing some very interesting alternatives and hope to be in action, live, in 2012. We had to devote exclusively to the preparation of the Concerto if we wanted to have it ready throughout this year.
Based on progress done with our rehearsals by the end of August, I will update the expected recording and release of the “Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble”.