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Album Review

Soho Square is composer Daniel Biro's first CD, and also his least satisfying effort. The album presents two instrumental pieces, "Soho Square" and "Beauty and the Beast," both originally written to accompany choreographies by Jane Turner. Biro performs all instruments (piano and synthesizers). Véronique Joly appears on the second piece, adding vocal sounds (kisses, sighs) that don't even give a shadow of an idea of her real talent. "Soho Square" follows an interesting dark atmosphere. The first and last parts are strongly reminiscent of Art Zoyd (although less claustrophobic), mainly because the cyclic lines are backed by synthetic percussion stomping an insisting martial beat. But the repetitiveness doesn't build up to something entrancing, leaving the piece in a state of half-hearted commission. "Beauty and the Beast," although not a bad composition, lacks imagination. The three main movements present a melodic structure, a harmonic structure, and the final fusion of the two. The interpolated "Interplay" sections are synth pop tunes based on a weak theme. Knowing the originality Biro will show in his next albums, Soho Square can only disappoint; it is not inhabited by the composer's vision and stays at the level of an easy soundtrack. It lacks panache. On the other hand, listeners not familiar with avant-garde music will find it his most accessible release. ~ François Couture, Rovi


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Composer Daniel Biro studied jazz music, but quickly turned to more experimental forms of expression. Since the early '90s he has thrived on finding new applications for the minimalist techniques of Philip Glass. He released three CDs on the U.K. label Sargasso during the '90s. Biro was born in Rome, Italy, of Hungarian parents. He grew up in the south of France, where he studied keyboards at the Jazz Conservatory of Monaco and Nice University. The latter city's famous poet, Jean Cocteau, had a...
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