Barbary Coast

by Red Light New Music

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Red Light New Music's Barbary Coast presents five works written for the ensemble by the group's founding composers: Christopher Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Vincent Raikhel, Liam Robinson, and Scott Wollschleger. The album begins with Vincent Raikhel’s Cirques, a stunning ensemble piece that explores contrasting perceptions of time. Liam Robinson’s Chamber Concerto is a playful three-movement work, which draws on a wide range of musical influences from American minimalism to the works of Charles Ives. Throughout the piece, the piano part, played masterfully by Yegor Shevtsov, leads the listener through unexpected environments and beautiful horizons, presenting equal parts humor and profundity. The Night Mare by Christopher Cerrone is an appropriately haunting work, which takes inspiration from a lecture by Jorge Louis Borges, in which he describes nightmares as chaotic series of images, from which we later construct a narrative. Ted Hearne’s raucous Crispy Gentlemen is constructed of fragmented percussive grooves, ecstatic string shrieks, and a powerful bass clarinet line, brilliantly performed by Christa Van Alstine. The album's final work, Scott Wollschleger’ Brontal No. 3, is an epic piece for viola and ensemble. A nod to Feldman’s masterpiece The Viola in My Life, Brontal No. 3 features violist Erin Wight’s powerfully expressive playing, set within Wollschleger’s otherworldly sonic spaces.

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released August 10, 2015

Roberta Michel, flute; Christa Van Alstine, clarinet; Kate Sheeran, French horn; Kevin Sims, percussion; Yegor Shevtsov, piano; Esther Noh, violin; Erin Wight, viola; John Popham, cello; Ted Hearne, conductor

Executive Producers: Jane Blameuser, Brock Robinson, Stella and Sam Johnson, Scott Wollschleger
Recorded February 7-11, 2014 at Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY
Recording engineer - Ryan Streber
CD design - Jessica Slaven
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Photography - Christa Van Alstine

Funded by New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Amphion Foundation, Copland Fund for New Music

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New Focus Recordings New York, New York

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) and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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