I love everything about this piece. It's a complete departure from the sound of Grapefruit, but it's just as brilliant. Kiran is an artist whose versatility never ceases to amaze me.
Favorite track: The Cure for Pneumothorax.
my first commission, written in 2014 for manchester central library. a piece in five movements for voice, piano, and strings, later recorded with great fidelity by brendan williams of low four and released with compassion by moshi moshi in september 2017. each movement is about an individual author, why i enjoy their work, and also their value in connection with the library as an institution, something which not only democratises books but makes widely available 'difficult books' (that is, flies in the face of the notion that you have to have a PhD to be worthy of appreciating james joyce, or lispector, or what have you).... if you download the album it comes with a pdf booklet where i explain the project and why i chose particular authors in more detail, but for what it's worth i have left below the spiel i wrote when this LP first came out
“DEREVAUN SERAUN” is a piece I wrote a couple years back in five movements for voice, piano and string trio. Each movement is written about a different piece of literature, exploring the value I see in each work and the impression it has made on me, and there is nothing more to it than that. The pleasure of books – of good verse and stories and ideas – is a very simple thing, and I felt that some lofty unifying theme for the entire piece would be a betrayal of that belief. I think that when a work resonates with you it is an instinctive response to something. You can be taught to understand a challenging book, but not to feel affection for it; I think a lot of conversation around art, especially around literature, sometimes forgets this. In my experience, the art I like the most, irrespective of its 'difficulty', is the art I can advocate most directly and plainly, and about which I can say: “I read this piece and now I do not read or think in the same way that I did before”, or: “This is a story that I could not explain to someone; I do not understand it word-for-word, yet I feel like innately I understand the whole, and that the whole spoke to me”. This is a piece about five books that I like and why I like them." - Kiran Leonard
released September 15, 2017
Kiran Leonard - voice, piano
Prabjote Osahn - violin
Adam Robinson - viola
Greg Morton - cello