The Power of Indifference

Maya Fridman

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After performing works by the greatest contemporary composers of the 20th and 21st Century, Maya Fridman releases another kind of debut, an album featuring her own music.

Dark, ambient-like dissonant drones, angelic voices, acoustic and electric cello; The Power of Indifference is a truly unique album by a truly unique artist. The album also marks the first release on the newly-founded TRPTK X label a sublabel of TRPTK where complete and utter freedom in production methods and techniques are combined with extraordinary musicianship.

This album was produced with the support of the Anner Bijlsma Award and the Cello Biennale Amsterdam. Using the prize money from the 2018 Anner Bijlsma Award, cello phenomenon Giovanni Sollima set up an intensive development program for four young international cellists – Ayşe Deniz Birdal (Turkey), Maya Fridman (Russia), Abel Selaocoe (South Africa) and Chiara Trentin (Italy). They all were looking to become far more than just soloists playing the standard repertoire. Sollima went with them in search of their musical identity. Who did they want to become in the world of music? What did they want to create? What did they want to convey to their audiences? This album is the result of the journey that Maya, Ayse & Chiara made during this project.

Maya Fridman – Cello & Vocals

Tracklist

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1.
I Think About Fate
06:17
2.
Day That Never Ends
03:55
3.
Mayim
02:47
4.
Balance Scales
04:41
5.
Fury
03:25
6.
Snake
04:27
7.
Once For Me There Was No More Place [feat. Konstantyn Napolov]
03:24
8.
The Power of Indifference
06:35

Total time: 00:35:31

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Release DateMarch 24, 2023

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There are some artists whose music I find so compelling they force me, compel me, to stop and listen and absorb. Such is the impact of Maya Fridman—cellist, composer, singer… Maya is a unique voice in whatever artistic venture she undertakes. Her new album The Power of Indifference is a darkly powerful, compelling, challenging presentation of music, poetry, ideas, and sounds.

In The Power of Indifference, Maya has created an album that his purely her own, exploring the depths of emotions dealing with anger, loss, regret, fate and indifference. This is a dark album. There is no sunshine and light. But instead there is intensity and power and utter commitment. It is an album that many will not like (Ann is unsure of her reactions to it). But it is an album that I find utterly compelling and engaging.

I am now on my fifth listen—and I find more and more within it upon each listen. I encourage you: give this music your full attention when you listen to it. And come back to listen to it a second time. Don’t do a “one and done” and think you’ve heard enough to make up your mind about it—you will only have skimmed the surface of what are very deep waters.

Positive Feedback

What a haunting and brilliant recording! Maya is an amazing composer and performer, with a unique presence. If you can take the power of her work here, then she will repay repeated listening sessions.

Much like her earlier work, Reid, deeply loved by me and played repeatedly in DSD 256.

 

Positive Feedback

There are some artists whose music I find so compelling they force me, compel me, to stop and listen and absorb. Such is the impact of Maya Fridman — Cellist, Composer, Singer. Born in Russia, making her home in the Netherlands, fierce advocate of support for Ukraine in this current war of Russian aggression, Maya is a unique voice in whatever artistic venture she undertakes. Her new album The Power of Indifference is a darkly powerful, compelling, challenging presentation of music, poetry, ideas, and sounds.

Maya Fridman is best known for her genius as a Cellist, winner of multiple awards. But she has not been willing to pursue the typical artistic avenue of performing the standard repertoire in concert or recital. Instead, she has regularly searched to express her own voice as an artist championing contemporary music (works by De Graff, Schnittke, Vasks, Andreissen, Cassado, Tanaka, Sollima, Shalygin) and her own musical expressions (such as her transcription for Cello and Piano of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel and her many improvisations on Cello).

In The Power of Indifference, Maya has created an album that his purely her own, exploring the depths of emotions dealing with anger, loss, regret, fate and indifference. This is a dark album. There is no sunshine and light. But instead there is intensity and power and utter commitment. It is an album that many will not like (Ann is unsure of her reactions to it). But it is an album that I find utterly compelling and engaging.

I am now on my fifth listen — and I find more and more within it upon each listen. I encourage you. Give this music your full attention when you listen to it. And come back to listen to it a second time. Don’t do a “one and done” and think you’ve heard enough to make up your mind about it — you will only have skimmed the surface of what are very deep waters.

The production of this album is a very different venture for Brendon Heinst and TRPTK. All of my experience with TRPTK over the years has been with purely acoustic instrument recordings in natural acoustic venues, all superbly captured and produced. This album is far more produced. Using electronic sounds and effects, multiple overlapping tracks, combining acoustic instruments and electronic effects. Maya has integrated her cello and voice, multiple additional cellists, chorus, percussion, ambient sounds and manipulation of acoustic sounds (including voices) to create a unique listening experience that is both strange and strangely compelling and beguiling, if you will. If I recall correctly, Maya and Brendon said they spent over 60-days in the studio mixing this album. I can believe it.

Kudos to Maya for her bravery and vision in creating this album. Congratulations to all involved for this excellent result. I recommend the album to all who are willing to undertake some challenging musical exploration.

If you are unsure and wish to explore before making the investment in the album, full track previews are available to stream on NativeDSD in 48kHz resolution. Just keep in mind that the power of the album is in the whole — the tracks build and build over the course of the album for a very immersive experience.

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