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Life and Death

by Matias Bacoñsky

Debut solo piano album inspired in the stages of life.
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1. The Last Goodbye
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2. Death of a Dream
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3. Contemplation
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4. Never Lose Hope
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5. My Nightmare
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6. Believe
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7. Into the Light
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8. Stay with Me
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9. Painful Memories
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10. Remember Me
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11. Without You
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12. This Is Not the End
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Debut solo piano album.

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Alexander

Wonderful debut!
I loved it! Really an amazing piano album. I had chills in the entire album. And the final...wow. Simply EPIC
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
‘Life And Death’ is the debut album by Argentina based pianist and composer Matias Bacoñsky. Comprised of twelve solo piano compositions that span nearly fifty two minutes, ‘Life and Death’ seems to tell a dramatic and emotional story, presumably stemming from heartbreak and tragedy, which is perfectly conveyed by its rather desolate and gloomy artwork.

“The Last Goodbye” opens with bold and solemn strokes as Matias takes a rather steady hand to the keys. Inherently forlorn though not overtly dark, the piece sets the mood for the rest of the album, as its further unfolding compositions feel seemingly culled from sincere and heartfelt emotion. “Death of a Dream” is among the album’s highlights, which bears a repeating motif throughout that seems to move along like a procession of sorts. It picks up the pace in a more flowing manner about half way through the piece before winding down again, noting itself as one of most intriguing tracks on the album. Also particularly noteworthy is “Never Lose Hope”, which alternates between faster and slower paced motifs, initially beginning in the higher registers before being joined in accompaniment by stark lower keys. The especially emotive and seemingly tragic, “My Nightmare”, is easily one of my favorite tracks on the album, boasting lots of activity in the lower registers that lend the composition a characteristically somber atmosphere. It’s bold and brooding melody steadily climbs up and down the scales, bringing to mind that of ascending and descending a long and winding staircase of an old mansion or castle. Rounding things out is the album’s lengthiest composition, titled “This is Not the End”, which makes for an aptly forlorn though seemingly hopeful conclusion. Guided along by bold, sparse notes throughout, they eventually slip into the higher registers near the end of the piece in a tick-tock type of repetition.

An emerging artist with lots of potential, Matias often extends comfortable pauses to dramatic moments within these twelve lovely songs of solitude and surrender. Mostly enshrouded by a gloomy and overcast mood throughout, ‘Life and Death’ will appeal, especially, to those who appreciate melodic and straightforward solo piano music that boasts a more shadowy side!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Life and Death
Matias Baconsky
2016 / Matias Baconsky
52 minutes

"Life and Death" is officially the first album from young Argentine pianist/composer Matias Baconsky. As the title suggests, the music on this album is mostly quite dark and emotional, but it is not without hope. Composed in a classical solo piano style, the twelve original pieces are an exploration of some of the various stages of life. Baconsky released a demo album in 2014 called "Lonely Soul," but considers "Life and Death" to be his debut. He cites Amy Lee of Evanescence and Jennifer Thomas as the main inspirations for his music, which is powerful but not overly complicated. Baconsky started playing the piano when he was 16 years old after hearing Amy Lee play "My Immortal." He learned all of Lee’s songs and later discovered the music of pianist/violinist/composer Jennifer Thomas.

"Life and Death" begins with “The Last Goodbye,” a poignant and heartfelt piece about letting go. Sad and questioning, the graceful melody expresses so much. “Death of a Dream” conveys a range of emotions that include hurt, disappointment, reflection and loss. A repeated rhythmic pattern and accented notes from the deep bass of the piano help to express those feelings. “Contemplation” is more reflective and perhaps a bit nostalgic. Although subdued and dark, “Never Lose Hope” brings in a touch of warmth and optimism - a favorite. “My Nightmare” is one of the darkest and more turbulent of these pieces. The rolling broken chords on the left hand intensify the heartbreaking melody. “Stay With Me” is an impassioned plea - raw, spontaneous, and from deep within. “Painful Memories” is almost conversational - the soul-baring openness shared with only the closest of loved ones. “Without You” laments a painful loss - either by death or a difficult break-up - again with total honesty and sincerity. “This Is Not The End” begins with the darkest of emotions expressed in the depths of the bass of the piano. Quite suddenly, the lighter treble appears, but then is taken over by the bass-like dirge. Very gradually, the black clouds of despair start to open, letting in rays of light and hope. To my ears, this is the strongest piece on the album - a very powerful expression of working through a painful transition.

Presently only 21 years old, Matias Baconsky appears to have a very bright musical future ahead of him! Discover his music for yourself before everyone else does.
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Steve Sheppard

from One World Music Radio
Solo piano is one of the most popular genres to compete musically in, and here with his first album, Matias Bacoñsky ushers forth a deeply moving and emotional offering to the world, and does it with style.
The opening piece is called The Last Goodbye, it is an emotive pause at the end of a life. What’s clever about this track is that the artist’s style is deliberately laboured, like the last few moments before the end of life occurs and then as the release from human form nears, the tempo lightens to aid the release of the soul.
Death of a Dream has a repeating motif that creates a musical narrative that is so appealing, but there are also some rather clever nuances in this piece too and a nice tempo change, that gives us a really layered composition over all.
The track Contemplation, almost throws you in deep, right from the off. The refrains allow us to enter low down within our own minds, but listen carefully to this arrangement; it is very heavily layered with an emotive and passionate theme that beautifully categorises the musing of, contemplation.
I liked Never Lose Hope, not just because of the positivity of the title, but the performance was sublime, well thought out, cleverly crafted and arranged with a subtle hand on the keys and power when needed. The gentle, but optimistic tones in this piece were stunning; this is my favourite track from the album and one I will certainly be revisiting again.
The darker tones of My Nightmare are up next. There is a real classical element in this I adore, the real passion and depth on this performance is inspiring. The shadowy opaque energy on this arrangement is wonderful to allow the senses to immerse into, one could feel totally lost in the chaos of a nightmare, but the repeating constant driving power of this track, was the guide through the gloomiest dark nights of the soul.
We arrive at the half way point and find ourselves greeted by the piece called Believe, the artist has an amazing ability to create an atmospheric energy within his work and here on Believe, the tones and keys played really do give one a sense of musical expectation.
We slowly drift into the second half of the album and come across a really attractive piece called Into the Light, this is brilliantly composed, and its changing narrative and speed is created in a similar style, like an artist with a brush. The journey of the soul now takes flight, and Bacoñsky has really manifested something that contains apprehension, hope and enlightenment, all in one piece.
Stay with Me continued this balance between life and death, dark and light, shadow and brightness. This is a composition that has all of those elements and more, the melodic sense of this track made it in my opinion one of the most charming off the album.
Painful Memories finally nailed it for me, I had been trying to think whose style Matias Bacoñsky reminded me of, and through this track it came to me, non-other that award winning David Nevue, that ability to bring to life music by creating fantastic images within the mind, and this track illustrates that perfectly.
Remember Me brought my emotions to a peak, I once had someone close to me say that, and through this piece reminded me of those last words. This is so masterfully played and hit all the right emotional notes, but also a layer of memory and happy days gone could be found here also.
The penultimate piece is called Without You. This is almost the day after the preceding track; I found this album almost cathartic, I am sure others who have lost someone close will feel the same as well. The performance here was more determined, a slow and steady build that leads the melody through grief and onward into the light of a new life, the last two tracks have really tugged at the heart strings, but superbly played by the artist.
Now I love a happy ending and Matias Bacoñsky may have just created one with the final opus called, This is Not the End. At well over six minutes this is the longest piece off the album and is really worth a complete listen to over and again, it’s filled with passion, and once again both poignant and touching in content.
This was the first time I had come across the works of Matias Bacoñsky and I hope it won’t be the last; he set himself up with the hard task of Life and Death and, if you pardon the pun, has transcended it beautifully. There can be no doubt that fans of the solo piano genre should totally adore this release, but if you're a follower of really descriptive and emotional music, you may wish to try this album to, take it from me you will not be disappointed.
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