Rebekah Heller (“an impressive solo bassoonist” The New Yorker) releases her debut recording on Tundra, the new imprint for recordings by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). This recording features works written for Heller by composers Dai Fujikura, Marcos Balter, Nathan Davis, Edgar Guzman, and Marcelo Toledo, with a bonus track by Du Yun. Focusing on electro-acoustic music that pushes the boundaries of extended technique, the repertoire on 100 Names suggests influences of spectral music, noise styles, and performance art, by mining the bassoon's uniquely rich wealth of multiphonics, unconventional timbres, and incorporating auxiliary instruments.
Praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by The New York Times, bassoonist Rebekah Heller is a uniquely dynamic chamber, orchestral and solo musician. Equally comfortable playing established classical works and the newest of new music, Rebekah is a fiercely passionate advocate for the bassoon. Called an "impressive solo bassoonist" by The New Yorker, she is tirelessly committed to collaborating with composers to expand the modern repertoire for the instrument.
As a member of the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Rebekah has played concerts all over the world. She has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and has played solo works in cities both near and far - including São Paolo, Rio, Paris, Berlin, Köln, Chicago, New York, Boston, Minneapolis, and many more.
Before moving to New York, Rebekah completed a one-year appointment as Principal Bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony and has served as Principal Bassoonist with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and the Utah Festival Opera.
From 2005-2008, Rebekah was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. During her time there, she worked with some of today's most innovative and electrifying musical minds, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Oliver Knussen, Yo-Yo Ma and Christian Tetzlaff.
released January 1, 2014
Executive Producer, Session Producer: Claire Chase
Editing producer: Jacob Greenberg
Engineer, Post-production: Ryan Streber
Liner Notes: Doyle Armbrust
New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as
new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers....more
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Everything about it is superb: the composition, the playing, the recording. To hear the violin played with a glass-cutting purity, and to hear the melodies unfurl one not at a time is a sublime experience. This is immaculately crafted music, with a power and control that belies it monophonic delicacy.
Easily my top modern classical release of 2018 Michael Mueller
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