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Composer Scott Wollschleger releases his second album with New Focus, Dark Days, chronicling solo piano repertoire written between 2007 and 2020 and featuring his longtime close collaborator, pianist Karl Larson. Aspects of style that are heard on his first album Soft Aberration are present again, but now filtered through the introspective immediacy of the solo piano medium, as we hear coloristic harmonies, a penchant for using displaced rhythms and repetition to subvert phrasing expectations, and an intuitively driven approach to form and structure.


released April 23, 2021

All music composed by Scott Wollschleger

Dark Days, Tiny Oblivion, Brontal No. 6, Lyric Fragment, Blue Inscription, Music without Metaphor published by Project Schott New York (BMI)

Brontal No. 2 “Holiday”, Brontal No. 11 “I-80”, Secret Machine No. 4, Secret Machine No. 6 published by Scott Wollschleger Music, New York (BMI)

All tracks recorded at Oktaven Audio, Yonkers and Mount Vernon, New York

Tracks 5, 7, 8 were recorded December 22, 2020
Tracks 3, 4, 6 were recorded November 21, 2019
Tracks 1, 2, 9 were recorded June 17, 2017
Track 10 was recorded May 15, 2015

Recording engineer: Ryan Streber

Editing, mixing, and mastering: Ryan Streber and Scott Wollschleger

Editing assistant: Charles Mueller

Piano technician: Dan Jessie (Hamburg Steinway D)

Produced by Scott Wollschleger and Karl Larson

Executive Producer: Scott Wollschleger

Painting on cover: River of Silence by Theresa Musatto, used with permission from the artist

Album design by Traci Larson

Photo of Karl Larson and Scott Wollschleger by Greg Manis, used with permission

Art photography by Jennifer Dworek, used with permission




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), 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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