‘Speak Your Body’ by Rok Zalokar | Album Premiere
Exclusive album premiere of ‘Speak Your Body’ by Slovenian pianist, composer and producer Rok Zalokar, out May 6th, 2022 on all digital platforms via Nature Scene Records.
The material comes from different sources; sound sculpting, beat making, spontaneous sessions with friends and moments of exploration with a given instrument, which Rok connects with a surrealist cut-up narrative.
Rok Zalokar led his jazz piano trio for a decade, experimenting with the Zhlehtet collective while continuing to develop a personalised solo piano expression, this recently culminated in the release of a solo pipe organ album ‘Spaces VIII’.
Now he presents his debut electroacoustic album ‘Speak Your Body’ – 20 tracks made between 2019 and 2021. The material comes from different sources; sound sculpting, beat making, spontaneous sessions with friends and moments of exploration with a given instrument, which he connects with a surrealist cut-up narrative. The album has a strong foundation in synths and piano sounds but each song features different instrumentation, modern orchestration, jazz solos, field recordings and vocals that appear as an inner-voice.
There is an improvisational approach injected into this of which the complexity of free improv moments are left unedited. Added layerings act as an additional stimulus to underline the idea of every song and connect these with the rich sonic landscape. Topics range from childhood memories, body / mind duality, reflections of emotional pain and the idea of this music serving as an archive of moods and thoughts that can translate to others.
“This album was a personal search to unify my expressions and bridge the gap between improvised and produced music. For me all these different expressions naturally interact, but it’s much harder to create a coherent work from them. Do we accept the beautiful complexity of the moment or is there a way to carry the change with us and let it grow?”
Rok Zalokar is playing a release show at Cukrana Bar in Ljubljana on May 5.Doors opening at 8PM. Show info here.