Dust is a collection of music for solo violin and electronics. Daniel describes the record as “a full exploration of the sound world a violin allows. The electronics meld with, lift, surpass and dance around the organic rawness of the strings. The piece is all my years of not conceding or diluting myself to the needs of others, compressed into one long musical expression. It is hope and birth and death and melancholy.”
A serial collaborator, album track Elsewhere was written for Pioro by renowned UK composer Edmund Finnis before its premiere at the Southbank Centre’s inaugural DEEP∞MINIMALISM Festival in 2015. Following a long period of close collaboration, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood wrote Horror vacui, a solo violin concerto for Pioro and 68 strings, to be performed for the first time at the BBC Proms in September 2019. Pioro’s repertoire also includes contemporary composer Thomas Adès’ cosmic violin concerto, Concentric Paths. And through his close work with Icelandic composer and producer (and founder / creative director of Bedroom Community), Valgeir Sigurðsson, a partnership of mutually fruitful creativity has taken his deep, learned musicality still further, both in the studio and onstage.
It’s from this deep, resonant understanding of contrasting sound and frequencies and the balancing of a broad palette of textures and style that Dust arises. The stunning “Particles” bears witness to a dramatic staccato battle with powerful electronic spasms, before “Rest” provides a breath of hope and abandon. This isn’t a record that tugs at heart strings, but music that sears into the soul, finding more complex emotional relationships. Daniel’s music finds solace in the inexplicable parts of us, the scar tissue left when conflicting emotions collide, and the willingness to explore what haunts and comforts us, deep within.
Daniel Pioro is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most groundbreaking violinists of his generation. Based in London and Edinburgh, he has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the London Contemporary Orchestra, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
His recording career has seen him collaborating with artists from different musical paths, and most recently he can be heard as soloist on Jonny Greenwood’s scores for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Phantom Thread, and Jo Yeong-wook’s acclaimed soundtrack to the BBC’s adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl.