We hear Egor Grushin on piano through the album, sometimes accompanied by Roksolana Pakholkiv on cello, and Yaroslav Dzhus on bandura. I love the dynamics and warmth of the combination of these acoustic instruments, but the piano-only pieces to me are equally magical. There's a good balance on Dominicano because only in a few composition the other instruments are dominantly present.
After a listen or ten of this self-released 2014 album, it finally occurs to me that Egor Grushin transforms my mood constantly. The general atmosphere is melancholic and warm, but there's a whole rainbow of feelings to explore.
Whenever I try to finish this review, track three, 'Vento Domani' takes my breath and words away, maybe because it reminds me of Chopin's 'Raindrop Prelude' so much. The atmosphere is equally sad, fragile yet hopeful. And then, 'Kalsemarsch' makes me forget all about this sadness and also throws me back in time. My memory doesn't succeed in fixing this link, but it was a rather obscure DIY neoclassical album that was all about The Lord Of The Rings and which had one track with the same rhythm and playfulness. So I'm mentally in a medieval fantasy world when I listen to this one, where the sun shines, we got some food in our bellies and the trolls are miles away so no one in our party pays attention to our badly healing wounds.
Everywhere through the album there's tenderness, longing, love, grief, hope, celebration and more, often combined in each track. The emotional effect of this music is so intense that it's very hard to find words to describe it for a reviewing rookie like me.
So if I managed to arouse your curiosity, don't hesitate to check Dominicano out. If you want more, you don't have to wait long because in June Grushin will release a new album. I think it's time for his life work to cross the Ukrainian borders so that the rest of the world can go check him out live. I'm pretty certain that you would remember the height of your gooseflesh forever...