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Milana Zilnik | Notte

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by Milana Zilnik

...Notte... Night.. the time of silence, dreams, reflections.. the time when the music happens in between notes more than in the notes themselves. Enjoy this minimalistic piano album painting the music of the Night.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 8PM: Shadows
4:07 $0.99
2. 9PM: Sunset
3:53 $0.99
3. 10PM: Twilight
5:33 $0.99
4. 11PM: Calmness
4:32 $0.99
5. 12AM: Midnight
4:06 $0.99
6. 1AM: Longing
4:41 $0.99
7. 2AM: Echoes
5:23 $0.99
8. 3AM: Silence
4:51 $0.99
9. 4AM: Dreams
3:38 $0.99
10. 5AM: Quietude
2:57 $0.99
11. 6AM: Reflections
5:15 $0.99
12. 7AM: Dawn
4:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
When my husband asked me to compose a minimalistic album, I felt like he is putting me through yet another challenge. My usual style is anything but minimalistic: lush and jazzy, turbulent and rocking. But sometimes "less is more" and it felt great to step out of my comfort zone while composing this album. We called it "Notte", which means "Night" in Italian. I don't speak Italian but many musical terms come from this melodic language, so I feel attracted to it.

...Notte... Night.. the time of silence, dreams, reflections.. the time when music happens in between notes more than in the notes themselves.

It's 8pm on my musical clock. The Night is yet to fall onto the Earth. It's time for Shadows and Sunset, Twilight and Calmness all the way to Midnight.

The time goes by, my musical clock shows 1am and the Night is here, bringing Longing, Echoes and Silence.

The hour hand is pointing to the right, it's 3am, it's time for Dreams, Quietude and Reflections.

It's 7am and the Night is over, giving the way for a new Dawn.



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Kathy Parsons

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The one thing that is consistent in Milana Zilnik’s various albums (other than the high quality of her work!) is change. I have had the pleasure of reviewing nine of her previous releases, and they have all been very different from each other, as is "Notte." In addition to exploring various styles of music, Milana has used some unusual pianos for some of her recordings, so I always expect the unexpected when she lets me know she has a new album coming out. Milana’s husband, Artyom Tchebotaryov, has also been very influential in her music as he often comes up with interesting ideas for Milana to explore while he records her improvisations. For "Notte" (Italian for "night"), Arty wanted her to play in a very ambient, minimalistic style - a bit out of her comfort zone, but you’d never know that from the beauty and ease of the music! Arty also came up with the title and concept for the album, which is an improvisation for each of the twelve hours between dusk and dawn (8 PM-7 AM).

While listening to the album, I could tell that the piano Milana recorded on was somewhat muted and asked her what she used to soften the sound of the piano hammers hitting the strings (a technique that is becoming very popular). Her response: “this is... a virtual piano :) Specifically, ‘Noire’ from Native Instruments. Arty purchased it for its ‘felty’ sound and built-in FX (echoing loops of mechanical noises from a piano) specifically for recording this ambient album. He also spent over a week playing around with note velocities and EQ to get the sound in the style of Nils Frahm or Olafur Arnalds.” With some recordings, those “mechanical noises” can be distracting, but that isn’t the case here. There are ambient “floaty” sounds and echoes (reverb) that truly add to the peaceful, serene quality of the music. Virtual pianos can often be much less expressive than a “real” piano, but, again, that is not the case here at all. The sound quality is smooth and velvety and wraps around the listener like a soft, warm blanket.

All twelve piano solos on the album have descriptive one-word titles such as “Shadows,” “Twilight,” “Longing,” “Silence,” and “Dreams.” Each piece is a gem by itself, but the album plays so beautifully as a continuous (almost) hour that I highly recommend the full album rather than individual tracks. It sustains a mood of quiet reflection throughout, soothing and relaxing the mind as well as the body. That effect deepens the more you listen to the album and would be a terrific non-medicinal sleeping aid as well as a musical enhancement to any quiet setting or activity.

Pam Asberry

A must for lovers of ambient, minimalistic solo piano!
Milana Zilnik is no shrinking violet. According to her website, “soulful singing and complex piano melodies are [her] signature, but she embraces a variety of styles – everything from folk, blues, opera and Middle Eastern, to her soft spots for rock and jazz.” Now, in her latest album, “Notte” (release date June 1, 2019), she explores the genre of minimalism.

As the name suggests, minimalism involves stripping down music to its barest essence. First developed in the early 1960’s, minimal music has entered the mainstream, with such composers as Philip Glass, John Adams and Michael Nyman enjoying long and distinguished careers. Although it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, minimalism is currently experiencing a surge in popularity. Often, pianists composing in this style perform on a “prepared” piano - a piano with objects placed on or between the strings, or some strings retuned, to produce unusual tonal effects. Milana recorded “Notte” on the new piano from Native Instruments, “Noire,” sampled from Nils Frahm’s concert grand, custom intonated and augmented with a felt damper, and featuring an innovative particles engine – loops of mechanical noises, triggered by the notes themselves and following the tempo, adding unique and atmospheric percussive elements to the album.

The Italian word “notte” means “night,” a setting that provides the perfect context for Milana’s experiment; each of the twelve tracks of the album is an improvisation for the twelve hours between dusk and dawn.
In effect, this is a free-floating, ambient chronicle of nighttime. With expressive titles such as “Reflections,” “Quietude,” “Longing” and “Calmness,” this music is diaphanous, gentle and atmospheric. Favorite tracks are “Twilight,” with an ever so slight jazz vibe; the faintly haunting “Longing”; and “Dreams,” with soft wind chimes in the background. However, I believe this album will be best enjoyed as a whole, from beginning to end, perhaps as a soundtrack for sleeping.

What do you get when you combine creative genius, technical prowess, a willingness to explore new frontiers, and the utilization of the best of music technology? “Notte,” that’s what. This album is a must-hear for lovers of ambient, minimalistic solo piano. Recommended!