Collective formed in El Cerrito 2005. Bowed cymbal, nylon string guitar, whispers, arpeggios, Ches Smith drum solo, hammered dulcimer, chanting cello magic.
Hemroid The Leader
Duo- Lukas Ligeti – drums & Thollem McDonas – piano
Seven spontaneous compositions. No ‘tunes’ here – the instruments are used as mechanisms for sound generation, rather than as instruments that produce music. The tendency here is towards sound rather than silence- sometimes it is very active.
Lots of other work from both of these artists in the library.
Antonin Dvorak (DVOR-jack) wrote the Quintet op. 97 in the summer of 1894 in Spillville, Iowa, a settlement of his fellow Bohemians. Dvorak loved folk music and here he takes rhythmic inspiration from the drumming of Iroquois indians. He would later say the summer in Spillville was his favorite time in America.
B side is the Cypresses For String Quartet – originally songs. Elaboraations on the classical string quartet.
Huang Ruo (b. 1976 Hainan, China)
Modern Classical from this young Chinese composer. Without much fanfare, these pieces are inquisitive, interesting, subtle. A fresh perspective.
Christina Mamakos, an artistic collaborator, describes his compositional technique “dimensionalism” as follows: “Using an inventive musical voice which draws equal inspiration from Chinese folk, western avant-garde, rock and jazz, Ruo creates a seamless series of musical works that do not necessarily exist in the sound world of our daily life.”
San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in 1976, conducting London’s Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Singers through Claude Debussy’s (DEB-u-see) La Mer and Nocturnes.
La Mer is an ode to the sea but also an attempt at a symphony. The usual narrative of a symphony is dispensed with. A vast seascape.
Nocturnes are 3 separate parts, often programmed with just the first two. Clouds, Parties, Sirenes.
Claude Debussy (DEB-u-see)
A1 Saxophone Rhapsody. In 1895 Mrs. Elise Hall, a wealthy Bostonian, commissioned this work for saxophone. Debussy was unfamiliar with the sax, cashed the check, and nothing more until 1903 when Mrs. Hall showed up at his Paris apartment. He was hounded until in 1911 he dropped off the soloist’s part, with unfinished orchestration. Debussy called her the femme-saxophone (saxophone woman). When he died in 1918, the French composer Roger Ducasse finished the orchestration and the work premiered at the Societe Nationale in 1919.
A2 Clarinet Rhapsody – Written as a clarinet entrance exam for the Paris Conservatoey.
Side B are 3 pieces by Honeggger that are very energetic, lots of brass and percussion. Very enjoyable.
The Holy Science is a book written by Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri in 1894. The book compares parallel passages from the Bible and Upanishads in order to show the unity of all religions. This album is dedicated to Eric Garner, the Staten Island loosie salesman whose last words, uttered to the policeman choking him to death were, “I can’t breathe.”
Amirtha Kidami is a 30 year old South Indian native of San Jose. Now in New York, this record finds her as bandleader, playing harmonium and singing wordless melodies. Mixed and mastered by Weasel Walter. Recalls Alice Coltrane, Meredith Monk, classical Indian vocal raga.
Out on Sun Ark, this is an old-fashioned jazz trip, two sidelong freakout dirges, spoken words, poetic transmission. With 50 releases out on his own Weird Cry, Rob Magill is a multi-instrumentalist, poet and painter living in Southern California.
Solo cello improvisations carefully recorded by Mel Dettmer in a cabin next to a creek. Longtime vet of Seattle’s heavy music scene, Goldston has played in Black Cat Orchestra, Earth, Nirvana and others. Great sound out on Mississippi records.
Duo- Leonid Kogan violin- Andrei Mitnick piano. Side A has Fritz Kreisler composition and transcription . Side B Russian composers and great violin technique. Great duo sound throughout, drop in anywhere.
Heartbreaker pianist. Bedroom eyes. Mop of hair. Great fingers. Plays the hard stuff. Side A & B1 with Boston Symphony Orch & Kousevitsky (ku- sev- IT- ski)
Died age 31, October 29, 1953. His plane clipped the treetops near Half Moon Bay. No survivors. Was there enough for a legend?
Birgit Nilsson, famous upper register. 7th generation Swedish farming stock, the first non- Italian to open the season at La Scala in Milan. Side A Beethoven. B3 from Don Giovanni is a shorter tune. Every track hits the high notes.
Tommaso Albinoni, self described dilettante, scion of paper-mill wealth, Venetian contemporary of Vivaldi. Known mostly in his time as a composer of operas. None were published so what is known of him are instrumental Sonatas and Sinfonias. Sounds like a car or diamond ring commercial, sounds like Vivaldi, sounds like Classical. B2 is notable for its lack of counterpoint, prefiguring the symphony
Heifetz, Friedman, Smith – “Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata, Bach Concerto For Two Violins” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]
Violin virtuoso Sascha Heifetz. Accompanied by his student Eric Friedman and Brooks Smith at the piano. Side A & B1 are Beethoven. Bach Concertos add symphony orchestra.
Great stuff. Heifetz is daring, attacking, penetrating
Prepared-piano impresario Magda Mayas leads a group of improvisers to experience their instruments as assemblages of resonant material. Sparse. Lots of scraping, fumbling, bowed cymbal. More Mayas in the library
trans: The Hand That Seeks The Light. It must be really dark in there. The band fumbles madly for their instruments. Somebody turn on the light! Strange ensemble, like a pot stirred non-stop, never allowed to simmer. Just steamy fumble. Bassist Del Piano leads two different bands through two CDs on the excellent Tokyo label Improvising Beings. Subtle electronics are more noticeable on CD1.
Silence / listening advocate Pauline Oliveros recommends 2 hours of silence per day for optimum brain function. During who’s show?
Compositions for orchestra. Recorded in Belgium. Many other works in the A library.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri and awarded a scholarship to attend the St. Louis School of Music, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich has lived in Los Angeles since 1973. His session resume includes films such as John Cassavettes’ Tempest.
Here, he leads a quartet in a creative improv setting. Jonathan Golove’s electric cello is alternately bowed and plucked, and along with David Mott’s baritone sax stands in for the bass. Chris Garcia on drums. Trombone, bari sax, and drum often conjure a second-line feel.
Violinist/Composer Farhadian plays solo violin processed through Max/MSP. Jagged. Sometimes creepy sounds. Meditative. Composition and improvisation blended together. Redolent of the Near East.
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