Walden Pond’s Monk
Artwork by Gwendolyn van der Velden
2011 – Immune Recordings – CD, LP. Itunes
Available at concerts, at immune recordings website and music stores worldwide.
Walden Pond’s Monk is a piece that was composed and heavily influenced by the idealism
and revolutionary spirit of Henry David Thoreau. The album is a natural evolution of the
aesthetics already present in the previous album Insónia, while at the same time it reveals
the maturity of a composer who consistently challenges himself. In this album, Tiago Sousa
maintains the same intuitive and spontaneous approach to the piano and remains
convincingly impermeable to the normative formalisms of genre and academism.
With Ricardo Ribeiro (clarinet) and Baltazar Molina (percussion), Sousa builds a piece
in a continuous momentum, anchored on impressionist melodies of disarming simplicity
and interrupted by a stormy improvisation. During the thirty two minutes of Walden Pond’s
Monk, Tiago Sousa nourishes a romantic narrative based upon the essential ideas that
Thoreau documented in works like Walden or Civil Disobedience: the profound respect
for freedom and for the infinite expression of the possibilities of men. An unexpected
encounter that outdoes the limits of an album and becomes roundly an artistic and
personal manifest for Tiago Sousa. Walden Pond’s Monk stands out not only because
of the mature composition work, but also for the natural but yet surprising confluence
between the aesthetics of the composer and the ideological concepts that he absorbed
Tiago Sousa: piano, organ, harmonium, tape
Ricardo Ribeiro: soprano clarinet
Baltazar Molina: percussion
Recorded at Namouche Studios, Lisbon, by Pedro Magalhães and Eduardo Vinhas (www.goldenponystudio.com) Mastered by Patrick Klein Lacquers cut by Andreas (LUPO)
Lubich at D&M, Berlin. Thanks to friends and family. Special thanks to erik, Rita Tomás,
Gwen, Magalhães and Eduardo, Joaquim Monte, Vera Marmelo, Nádia, Inês, Marta, Ariane,
Cláudia varejão, Sara Garcia and Paulo Gaspar.
If you wnat to use this music for any “non-comercial” purpose please get in touch. I’d be glad
to authorize it: tiagomacedosousa at gmail dot com.