Lubomyr Melnyk

Recital reviews: Lubomyr Melnyk and Igor Lipinski

Mysticism and magic tricks at the piano recital

Lubomyr Melnyk

Lubomyr Melnyk

By JANA HANCHETT

Portland recently experienced two eccentric piano concerts that relied less on pianism than on non-musical elements: mysticism and magic tricks.

“The sound of a piano has taught me a lot about the universe, about existence, and about my life,” said Lubomyr Melnyk. “Sound is a miracle, a mystery, and it dismantles the fairy tales that science tells us about the nature of sound.” The Ukrainian-Canadian pianist’s concert at Portland’s Yale Union last month was a philosophical foray into the effect of sound on the body.

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