Feather Hammer is a collection of short pieces that explore the composer's relationship with the piano, her first instrument, as a source of familiarity, expressing warmth, pain, repetitive stress injuries, muscle memory, and a way to communicate with the outside world. The music crosses genre boundaries between contemporary classical, folktronica and ambient styles, and has been constructed from acoustic and prepared piano sounds and location recordings, making special use of the unique strummed, plucked, ambient and percussive tones of the instrument.
'The music is a mixture of styles and influences from Debussy to Tavener, Shostakovich to Bryars with pop elements from Bowie, Brian Eno ... from this rich tapestry we are given a sonic-scape that transports us into a distant world of colours, shapes and sounds like nothing I've heard before. At times the music is opaque and difficult to see clearly all that's happening, while at other times there is a clear lyric glide to the musical lines that float over the listener with utter beauty.' Chamber Musician Today, Chip Michael
Composed, arranged, performed and
produced by Leah Kardos
Recorded at The Hat Factory, Luton and
various locations around Bedford, Cambridge and London.
Mastered by Matt Roles at Glory Box
Artwork by Kristian Purcell
Dedicated to my mother Robyn, and my
childhood piano teachers Mrs Kearnes and Ms McCormack