MICHAEL BOREK

BIOGRAPHY/PRESS MUSIC VIDEOS CONCERTS MVB RECORDS








LIVE AT EREMITAGE 2015
MVB 9815
LIVE AT TREIBHAUS 2014
MVB 9811
LIVE AT TREIBHAUS
MVB 9810
MEDITATIONS
MVB 9807
BEYOND THE OCEAN
MVB 9804

 




WHAT IS BEHIND THE MOUNTAIN
MVB 9825

New CD project "What Is Behind The Mountain"

2020 represents a special jubilee year for me, as it marks the 30 years of my first home recordings (among which the piece Eternity was figuring already) and 20 years of the public release of my first CD Beyond The Ocean.

To celebrate this, I will go in September 2020 to the Studios La Buissonne (Pernes-les-Fontaines, France) to record a new CD there. I am looking forward to playing on their wonderful Steinway D!

Beside spontaneous improvisations that I plan to play on that day, I will also record new pieces, including some arrangements of French Chansons from Barbara and Trenet.

Finally, one personal note on the title of the CD and its current draft cover. It relates to my second passion, biking, and to a painful experience I made in 2019 when, due to a severe knee injury, I could not climb as planned on the Mont Ventoux, and could not see by myself what is behind the mountain...

Michael Borek, February 2020

   


LIVE AT EREMITAGE 2015
MVB 9815


YouTube Playlist

 

 

 

1  Remembrance  11:15

 

2  Blame It On My Youth - A Song For You   6:53

 

Every Time We Say Goodbye  4:16

 

Intro/Every Breath You Take/Extension  10:25

 

Eternity   4:42

 

Once Upon A Summertime - Your Mother And Mine  6:00

 

7  Beauty And The Beast  4:52 

 

Valse de Mai  7:51

 

Hatikva (in memory of my grand father Lajzer Borek)  11:38

 

10  Homelands  8:49

 

 

Michael Borek, piano

Compositions 1, 5, 8 and 10 by Michael Borek

 

Copyrights:

2- E. Heyman/O. Levant. The Welk Music Group

3- C. Porter. Chapell & Co. Inc

4- G. M. Sumner. EMI Music Publishing Ltd

6- J. Mercer/E. Barclay/M. Legrand. MCA Music Publishering; S. Cahn/S. Fain. Walt Disney Music Company

7- H. Ashman/A. Menken. Walt Disney Music Company

 

Recorded live December 6, 2015 at Eremitage, Schwaz

Engineer: Michael Borek

Remixed at MVB Records

 

©  2015 MVB Records
è 2015 MVB Records

   



LIVE AT TREIBHAUS 2014
MVB 9811

My concert in February 2014 at Treibhaus, was for me the opportunity to focus again on the part which stimulates me the most in solo performances: the improvisation.

Several pieces I played on that night were indeed either entirely improvised (e.g. for Improvisation in Eb I had asked the public in which tonality to start: Eb major), or at least in great part freely conceived, like Ballade in A, which is a largely improvised piece based on the final harmonies of my composition Valse de Mai (dedicated to my wife Valérie).

Improvisation in Mode 2 refers to the second mode of Olivier Messiaen’s modes of limited transposition. This 2nd mode, which corresponds to the semitone-tone/semitone-tone scale, allows evolving freely between the implicitly included minor and major tonalities, and offers in my view a fascinating harmonic environment, somewhere between classical and jazz musical languages. The two movements are in large parts improvised, and their titles are meant as obvious allusions to Debussy and Ravel…

YouTube Playlist

1  Remembrance  11:34

 

2  Improvisation in Eb  3:15

 

3  Once Upon A Summertime - Your Mother And Mine  5:01

 

Homelands  9:47

 

5  Blame It On My Youth - A Song For You   6:27

 

Improvisation in Mode 2 (Cloches sur le lac - La vallée des torrents)  10:05

 

Ballade in A (for Valérie) 6:06

 

8  Every Breath You Take  7:36

 

Over The Rainbow  5:48

 

 

Michael Borek, piano

All compositions by Michael Borek, except 3, 5, 8 & 9:

 

Copyrights:

3- J. Mercer/E. Barclay/M. Legrand. MCA Music Publishering; S. Cahn/S. Fain. Walt Disney Music Company

5- E. Heyman/O. Levant. The Welk Music Group

8- G. M. Sumner. EMI Music Publishing Ltd

9- E.Y. Harburg/H. Arlen. EMI Feist Catalog

 

Recorded live February 5, 2014 at Treibhaus, Innsbruck

Engineer: Tom Neumayr

Remixed at MVB Records

 

©  2014 MVB Records
è 2014 MVB Records

   

LIVE AT TREIBHAUS
MVB 9810

 My solo concert at Treibhaus was the most moving experience in my career so far. It was such an honor to play in this great location where famous artists like Carla Bley, Esbjörn Svensson, Tigran, Yaron Herman and Brad Mehldau himself performed before me!

Lofty Mountains, Remembrance and Homelands are so to say my concerts’ “classics”, insofar as they have been the cornerstone of most of my past performances. The pieces (which are improvised in some parts, especially the middle section of Remembrance), have continuously evolved over the years, and the present record documents, as a work in progress, their current status of musical development.

Valse de Mai (initially an improvisation that I had recorded in May 2011), was written for my wife Valérie, for the 30th anniversary of our first encounter, someday in May...

The Journey is conceived as an open piece; after the introductory rhythmical section, it is freely improvised. Its subtitle “Remember Rio” refers to Keith Jarrett’s sublime Rio Part XV, from which the final part of the piece is inspired.

Read the Live At Treibhaus CD reviews (french-german)

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1- Lofty Mountains  17:20

 

2- February  3:12

 

3- Remembrance  11:31

 

4- Homelands  11: 38

 

5- Valse de Mai (for Valérie)  7:40

 

6- Crystal Rain  7:08

 

7- The Journey (Remember Rio)  9:34

 

8- Summertime  3:56

 

9- Over The Rainbow  4:48

 

 

Michael Borek, piano

All compositions by Michael Borek, except 8 & 9

 

Recorded live January 14, 2013 at Treibhaus, Innsbruck

Engineer: Tom Neumayr

Remixed at MVB Records

 

©  2013 Michael Borek  AUSTRO MECHANA
è 2013 MVB Records

   


REMEMBER
MVB 9809








 

 

1- But Beautiful   5:19

 

2- Remember  4:19

 

3- I'm Through With Love  6:38

 

4- My Story  3:25

 

5- Valse de Mai  4:44

 

6- Meditation (December 19th)  5:02

 

7- Improvisation in D  3:32

 

 

Michael Borek, piano

All compositions by Michael Borek, except 1 & 3

 

Recorded 2011 & 2012 and remixed May 2013 at MVB Records

 

©  2013 Michael Borek  AUSTRO MECHANA
è 2013 MVB Records

 

 

   

MEDITATIONS
MVB 9807

" In this new piano solo of Michael Borek one finds again the same qualities as in „Beyond The Ocean“, the touch of a romantic pianist, clear and soft accents, a phrasing that flows like a pure source, lyricism, reserve, everything one needs to let these “Meditations” reach the heart…
Is it jazz? Why not? We are between Chopin and Keith Jarrett, and it is anyway great piano and beautiful music. A moment of beauty and serenity." Serge Baudot, Jazz Hot (F)

"The quiet, sublime beauty of Michael Borek's Meditations is in its ability to reflect ripples in a pond. There is a fragile quality to Borek's piano playing, one that conjures soothing, dreamlike melodies... Meditations exists in a special place between piano jazz and classical music, needling together the warmth of the former with the timeless majesty of the latter." JazzCorner

Read the CD reviews (german/french)

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1- Meditation I   4:02

 

2- Meditation II   4:42

 

3- Meditation III   2:17

 

4- Meditation IV   4:35

 

5- Meditation V   3:11

 

6- Meditation VI    2:42

 

7- Meditation VII   1:49

 

8- Meditation VIII   5:27

 

9- Tristesse     4:52

 

10- Rain Song  3:26

 

11- Waltz    3:38

 

 

Michael Borek, piano

All improvisations by Michael Borek

 

Recorded 2001-2009 at MVB Records

 

©  2009 Michael Borek  AUSTRO MECHANA
è 2009 MVB Records

   

REMEMBRANCE
MVB 9806

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1- Remembrance   10:11

 

2- I'm Through With Love   3:29

 

3- Lofty Mountains, Part II   10:46

 

4- You Must Believe In Spring   3:56

 

5- February   3:13

 

6- Snow Over The Ocean   4:05

 

 

 

 

Michael Borek, piano

All compositions by Michael Borek, except 2 and 4

Snow Over The Ocean is an entirely improvised Encore

Recorded live January 28, 2003 at ORF Studio, Innsbruck

 

 

©  è 2003 ORF Radio Tirol
 

   

LOFTY MOUNTAINS
MVB 9805

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1- Crystal Rain  8:36

 

2- Lofty Mountains, Part I  21:48

 

3- Lofty Mountains, Part II  12:22

 

4- Blame It On My Youth/A Song For You  5:41

 

5- Homelands  15:00

 

6- Remember The Ocean  2:57

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Borek, piano

All compositions by Michael Borek, except Blame It On My Youth (Heyman/Levant)

Remember The Ocean is an entirely improvised Encore

 

Recorded live February 22, 2002 at Komma Wörgl

Engineer: Hanno Ströher

Remixed at Tonstudio Ströher, Innsbruck

 

©  2002 Michael Borek  AUSTRO MECHANA
è 2002 MVB Records

   

BEYOND THE OCEAN
MVB 9804

"In our search for the ultimate expressiveness in music,
we leave behind the silent shores of our homeland
and find ourselves flying over the rainbow,
trying to reach the impossible,
somewhere beyond the ocean..."

 

Beyond The Ocean
Several pieces of the present record are entirely improvised music which "came out" on certain days, mostly at night, in moments of immediate inspiration. Recorded without further cuts, these acts of "instant composing" have been kept in all their original spontaneity, as lasting testimonies to the fleeting glimpses of grace that we may experience through the magic of improvisation.

Spontaneous expression of music is indeed one of our most precious gift, as it speaks from the depth of our inner personality - from our heart.

Michael Borek

Read the CD reviews (german/french)

 

 

 

1- When You Were So Far Away  5:41

 

2- I Remember Keith  4:23

 

3- My Story  6:11

 

4- I'm Through With Love  3:45

 

5- Dancing  2:37

 

6- Recitative  3:18

 

7- You Must Believe In Spring  4:24

 

8- Valley Of Silence  8:25

 

9- Cantilena  3:20

 

10- Over The Rainbow  6:59

 

11- Homeland  5:32

 

12- The Seashore  6:44

 

13- Beyond The Ocean  6:25

 

 

Michael Borek, piano

All compositions by Michael Borek, except 4, 7 and 10

 

Recorded 1999-2000 at MVB Records

 

©  2000 Michael Borek  AUSTRO MECHANA
è 2000 MVB Records

   

ETRETAT
MVB 9802

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1- Reflets   3:00

 

2- Interlude I   1:37

 

3- Etretat  4:30

 

4- Memorial Waltz  4:04

 

5- Interlude II  1:37

 

6- Le vieux port I  1:52

 

7- Carillons  5:06

 

8- Interlude III  1:18

 

9- Le vieux port II  1:14

 

10- Etoiles sur la falaise  6:13

 

11- Epilogue  2:23

 

 

Michael Borek, Clavinova CLP 670

All compositions by Michael Borek

 

Recorded 1991-1994

Digital remastering 1998 at Tonstudio Ströher, Innsbruck

 

 

©  1998 Michael Borek AUSTRO MECHANA 
è 1998 MVB Records