Ilić adds a quiet, intellectual dimension to his pianism rare in today’s cut-throat classical scene. He bases his interpretations on careful research into the composer’s most intimate intentions. He spent many months searching unfamiliar repertoire for these compatible pieces.
I can’t think of any other living pianist who would match up eight Scriabin miniatures with works of John Cage, Morton Feldman and a young New Yorker named Scott Wollschleger. Ilić found musical relationships among them that make for a glove-like fit.
Ilić succeeds in transcending the clamor of modern life with his exquisite quietude."
Michael Johnson, Facts & Arts - 1 June 2014
In his classic novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Douglas Adams presented a parable in which a race of extraterrestrial entities debated the subject of the most intelligent species to have lived on Earth: humans or dolphins.
One group held that humans had achieved the greatest feats of will and intelligence through their building buildings and fighting of wars while the secondary candidate, dolphins, simply splashed about carelessly in the sea.
The second group, however, maintained that Dolphins should rightly be considered the Earth’s most intelligent occupants as they had managed to splash around carelessly in the sea while humans were preoccupied with building buildings and fighting wars.
Serbian pianist Ivan Ilić’s program of meditative music, inspired by the american musical avant-garde as well as transcendentalist philosophers, celebrates the “pro-dolphin” in all of us.
These works are remarkable for their ability to thoroughly explore microcosms forgotten in much of western classical music, and are sure to evoke tranquility in any listeners willing to slow down and smell the musical flowers as they sprout.