|dancing on water (marty walker, clarinets) CB0005|
As Is Thought/Aurora, a casually dramatic work for bass clarinet, harp, and vibraphone, is like a miniature concerto in its structure, contrasting solo bass clarinet phrases with tutti lines.
Song(s) of the Sirens, a lush work for clarinet, piano, and womans voice, gradually and systematically builds in texture, harmonic richness, and melodic continuity as new musical elements grow on earlier elements, which reappear and cascade upon one another via digital delay processes.
Among Simple Shadows, a quiet work for two bass clarinets, trumpet, and piano, slowly undulates with hauntingly thin wind textures and muted rushes of piano tremolo.
Dancing on Water, a light, rhythmically quirky two-movement piece for clarinet and marimba (4 hands), alludes to fragments of Mexican folk music as it develops its melodic and rhythmic cells.
Elegant Detours, a solo bass clarinet work, develops an ascending three-octave figure from puffs of quiet pointillism through raucous sweeps of the instruments full range to a final exclamation of loud sustained tones.
On Tuesday, a gently rhapsodic four-movement work for bass clarinet and the rarely heard contra-alto clarinet, has a somewhat eerie feel to it, which is due in part to the unique combined timbre of two clarinets in their lowest ranges.
Michael Jon Finks music has been presented at the Green Umbrella Series of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, New Music L.A., the Monday Evening Concerts, the SCREAM Festival, the L.A. Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New Music America, Festival Commune di Chiesa, the Martes Musicales, the Marquette Festival of New Music, the CalArts Contemporary Music Festival, and other festivals and concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe. His orchestra works have been commissioned and performed by the Antelope Valley Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic, the Symphony of the Canyons, and the Santa Monica Symphony. He has works released on the Cold Blue, Raptoria Caam, Bare Bones, and CRI record labels. Fink
Daniel Lentzs works have been commissioned and performed by noted ensembles and soloists around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Since the early 1970s, he has led ensembles that have toured his music throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Lentz has been the recipient of many awards and grants, including five National Endowment for the Arts grants. Video presentations of his work have been seen on Alive from Off Center (PBS), the Preview Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver, BC, NHK-TV in Japan, NOS-TV in Holland, BBC-TV in England, West German Television, Czech Television, and many local TV stations in the U.S. and abroad. Recordings of his music have been released on the New Albion, Angel/EMI, Fontec, Aoede, Les Disques du Crepuscule, Gyroscope/Caroline, Icon, Cold Blue, and ABC labels. Lentz
Peter Garlands music been commissioned and performed by noted new music ensembles and soloists around the world, including pianist Aki Takahashi and the Kronos Quartet. Garland is the author of two books on American music and culture and was the editor and publisher of Soundings Press (a primary outlets for scores by American composers during the 1970s and 1980s). He has lived in New Mexico, California, Maine, Michoacan, Oaxaca and Puebla (Mexico) and maintained long-term friendships with Lou Harrison, Conlon Nancarrow, Paul Bowles and Dane Rudhyar. A lifelong student of Native American musics, his own music after 1971 was marked by a radical consonance and a simplification of structure. His music have been released on the New Albion, Tzadik, Mode, Avant, Toshiba-EMI/Angel, Cold Blue, and Opus One labels.
Jim Foxs music has been commissioned and performed by groups and soloists throughout the U.S. and presented at the Monday Evening Concerts, New Music America, Real Art Ways, Wires, the SCREAM Festival, the CalArts Contemporary Music Festival, Podewil, the Ventura Chamber Music Festival, L.A.C.E., and many similar venues. He has also scored feature films. His music, which has been described by critics as both "austere" and "sensuous," has been recorded on the CRI, Advance, Cold Blue, Grenadilla, Raptoria Caam, and Citadel labels and published in such new music anthologies as Soundings and Scores. He has been a guest composer/lecturer at universities from coast to coast. His recent Cold blue recording Last Things (CB0001) was chosen as a record of the year (2000) by the Italian music magazine Blow Up and The Wire magazine (U.K.) described it as "an austere, ethereal experience." International Record Review wrote of it: "Foxs music invites one to believe that if the stars, constellations and galaxies emitted sounds, these unearthly harmonics are what one might hear." Fox
Michael Byrons works have been performed around the world. As a performer, he has worked in conjunction with composer/performers David Rosenboom, Peter Garland, and William Winant in various new music and experimental improvisation ensembles. Byron has also been a member of the American Gamelan ensemble Son of Lion. He has taught at York University and served on the Board of Directors of the Aesthetic Research Centre of Canada, where he edited the first issue of Journal of Experimental Aesthetics. He was the editor/publisher of Pieces, a series of books of music scores by influential contemporary composers. Byron has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and has had his music recorded on the Cold Blue and Neutral labels.
Rick Cox is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. As a featured performer (woodwinds, guitar, and samplers), he can be heard on such popular film scores as The Shawshank Redemption, The Horse Whisperer, and American Beauty (scores by Thomas Newman) and on two recent recordings by jazz/new-music trumpeter Jon Hassell. He has also collaborated with guitarist/composer Ry Cooder, arranging, composing and performing on the film scores Last Man Standing and Wim Wenderss End of Violence. Coxs own scores include Inside Monkey Zetterland and the popular Corrina, Corrina. He regularly performs in the Los Angeles area with experimental rock and jazz-oriented ensembles. His compositions have been recorded on the Grenadilla, Advance, Raptoria Caam, and Cold Blue labels.
Marty Walker is a clarinetist who specializes in the performance of new music. (He has premiered more than 90 works written especially for him.) Among the labels for which he has recorded are Cold Blue, CRI, O.O.Discs, Tzadik, Grenadilla, Echograph, New World, and Rastacan. Walker has tourded and recorded with various new-music ensembles, including the Robin Cox ensemble, the California E.A.R. Unit (the in-residence ensemble at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Some Over History, eXindigo, Viklarbo, and Ghost Duo. As a soloist, he has presented live radio concerts on NPR, Pacifica, and other radio venues and has performed at numerous new music festivals, including New Music America (Miami and Houston), the International Festival of New Music (Los Angeles), and New Music International (Mexico City), and various new music venues, including Real Art Ways, FaultLines, the Monday Evening Concerts, Knitting Factory West, Podewil, and Wires. The Los Angeles Times has called Walkers playing "masterfully expressive;" El Nacional (Mexico City) has said that his playing "took the audience to another musical dimension;" and Option magazine called him "one of the finest new-music clarinetists in the country." In 2002, Cold Blue released Walker's CD Adams/Cox/Fink/Fox, about which Fanfare magazine wrote, "The performances are about as ego-free as one can find, and they seem indivisible from the compositions themselves." Walker also appears on Cold Blue CB0001 (Last Things/Fox), CB0004 (I Hear It in the Rain/Fink), and CB0010, The Light That Fills the World/Adams).
William Winant, "one of the best avant-garde percussionists working today" according the Los Angeles Times, has collaborated with many innovative musicians, including John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Keith Jarrett, Cecil Taylor, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, and the Kronos Quartet. Among the composers who have written works for him are John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Terry Riley. Winant is principal percussionist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the John Zorn Chamber Ensemble. He has performed as a guest artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and at the Ravinia Music Festival. Winant has made over 100 recordings. His recording of Lou Harrison's La Koro Sutro (New Albion) was the New York Times Critic's Choice for best contemporary recording of 1988. His recent recording of 20th-century avant-garde compositions with the rock band Sonic Youth (Goodbye 20th-Century) was heavily praised by the Los Angeles Times and the Village Voice. Winant
". . . mild-mannered, soul-filling collection of contemporary meditations. . . think Satie and Morton Feldman, and you come close to the overall mood. Delicate textures prevail . . . the thinking-listener's slow lane." Michael Barone, Minnesota Public Radio