Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nataliya Medvedovskaya

This months cover by K.K.W
& Aleksandar Ares, original photos by K.K.W
Nataliya Medvedovskaya: Composer in review. By K.K.W
Nataliya Medvedovskaya, photo courtesy of David Abrams.
Nataliya Medvedovskaya is a professional, versatile, and award winning concert pianist who communicates with a sound that never need be translated. She doesn't just play the music, but radiates it through the piano and her compositions. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (1974), she has been a classical pianist starting at 6 years old, and performing in public by 8. Since 2003 she's been based in New York City , performing at established venues and in many fine recording projects.

There's a distinct devotion to Nataliya's pianism, compositions, an energetic pattern between the notes, the sound, tempo, and the feeling that comes over you listening to it. She draws the music out of its slumber, beyond the page, and into the air. The keys are struck with a light,firm touch as she brings the music to life, directing it at you effortlessly, like "the wind in the willows". Her devotion comes from passion, the passion from devotion, both guided by natural talent. 

Nataliya Medvedovskaya Performing "Aphrodite's Dance"
@ Drom for Composer Concordance Festival 2 ("Evolution").
Photo by K.K.W 
Aside from being a stunning pianist, Nataliya is also an amazing composer of contemporary classical music (95, with one not yet finished), and Pop genre (41 songs & over 70 without lyrics), both of which makes a for a wonderfully creative paradox. At a first listen it was obvious she had talent, though repetitious listening made it clear that Nataliya is seriously gifted in a beautiful way."First Snow" for Oboe, Bassoon, Violin and Piano in A minor (2007) is a sweeping, dramatic piece that takes its time at first, Nataliya's delightful playing easing you in, with Oboe following (light & playful), Bassoon soon after (deep & melodic), the careful pluck of the violin and the sweet aching of its strings melding perfectly with Nataliya's playing. Its overall pace increasing, decreasing, intensifying like its namesake, obliterating all else until...its abrupt end. "Adventures of Nils", "Fantasy for viola and piano", or "String Quartet #2 in 3 movements in C minor", the verdict would be the same, wonderful compositions. 

The first thing that came to mine when listened to Nataliya's Pop-musical creations? Total contrast and how pleasurably odd it was that she created these songs. And the 2nd feeling was, she's got talent. The beats, tempo, flow, lyrics and general quality is damn good. The Track "Mine" is so heartfelt and draws you into her feelings. It has an excellent flow and groove that works in great combination with the lyrics, reinforcing the soft pleasing sound of her voice. "Sold Out" has a catchy electro-pop feel, tinged with just little "industrial" vibe that makes for an interesting sound. The chorus mirrors the beat nicely reinforcing the whole think. The bands playing is extremely good, showing serious promise for even greater things to come. "Forever or for now", "Fairytales About You" and "City of Dreams" are fairly good songs also showcasing her abilities as a song writer and composer. 

Nataliya Medvedovskaya Performing "Aphrodite's Dance"
@ Drom for Composer Concordance Festival 2 ("Evolution").
Photo by K.K.W 
Nataliya Medvedovskaya Performing
@ Bargemusic. Photo by 
Alex Federov
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