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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Listen to the quiet voice

'Dominique Lawalrée (b. 1954) is a composer born and based in Brussels. First Meeting is Lawalrée's first archival release to date ... In this collection the listener finds the sounds of piano, synthesizers, percussion, Wurlitzer, organ, and voice, all performed by Lawalrée. Using these tools Dominique creates miniature themes that gallop across the speakers in slow motion, stretching our normal sense of dynamics and color, effortlessly widening the stereo plane. On “Musique Satieerique,” Dominique pays homage to the influence of Satie with simple repeated piano figures and a lush field of organs and flutes. And on other selections, like “La Maison Des 5 Elements,” he takes a more wistful, ambient approach,layering keyboard lines, and invoking found/tape sounds to create a hypnogogic world of his own. Childlike in its playfulness and surreal to the bone, the music spins like a carousel placed inside the Rothko Chapel. Lawalrée’s sense of timbre, tone, and overarching composition is like an impression of a home movie whose charm lies in its knowledge of intimacy, shared by few. An incantation of innocence.'

'With most of his output underpinned by strong spiritual tendencies, his music is an escape, a relentless search for inner space and serenity.'

'A keyboardist, he has given hundreds of concerts of his music in a dozen countries. A church musician, he is the initiator of Liturgical Music Festival in Rixensart.

He has published several books and is a renowned speaker. A music teacher, he has taught in secondary school and at the university. He produces 17 shows a month on RCF Brussels and Liege.

His music is widely heard in the film “Khadak”, which received a “Golden Lion” in Venice in 2006.'

'Lawalrée now spends his time playing piano and organ in church on a weekly basis, his musical focus having turned for the liturgical over the past two decades.'


Dominique Lawalrée - Listen to the quiet voice.

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