Phantasmagoria

 
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ArpaViva CD005: PHANTASMAGORIA
By Michael ZT Rose

PHANTASMAGORIA is the debut recording by Michael ZT Rose, in which this exceptional composer explores the piano virtuosic territory by using keyboard merely as a MIDI input device.

Fifteen piano miniatures of Phantasmagoria embody the quintessential piano you always wished you could play – but you could play it only in your dream. In the absence of physical limitations in the digital age, Brooklyn based composer and visual artist Michael Zachary Thompson Rose redefines pianism by turning this dream into reality.

Michael ZT Rose soaks up music of legendary American minimalist composers, such as Glass, Reich, and Riley and sets out to bridge the dichotomy between change and repetition. His music is infused with Baroque harpsichord virtuosity of Scarlatti, the pathos of Geminiani, and the sound synthesizer vocabulary from the early video games of his childhood.