Kali Malone – Organ Dirges 2016 - 2017
Originally released on tape via Ascetic House in early 2018, Organ Dirges 2016-2017 are four, meditative works recorded in a studio at Kali Malone’s school, the Royal College of Music, in Stockholm. Removing the organ from its powerful and hyper-resonant / reverberant “home” of the church, the resulting recordings convey a profound intimacy and simplicity. Composed through a restrained and diligent process of layering individual static drones dictated in length by metronome and recorded by Zoom, but without grand plan for the eventual whole, each feels improvised without being overly expressive. Malone’s fascination with different tuning systems and her apprenticeship under an organ tuner are both embraced and shed in this unfiltered approach to organ playing. The pieces are extremely beautiful.