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Duos and Trios

by American Wild Ensemble

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The intrepid American Wild Ensemble was formed around a project to perform new works in national parks in the US, and has continued to create exciting events outdoors in unconventional spaces, from caves to mountaintops. Their recording, Duos and Trios, features four works for combinations of cello, clarinet, and flute by Aaron Travers, David Liptak, Margaret Brouwer, and David Clay Mettens that reflect the ensembles penchant for deriving inspiration from the natural world.


released July 22, 2022

Recording, editing, and mixing:
Tracks 1-5: D. James Tagg, djamestagg.com
Tracks 6-8: Dave Schall, daveschallsound.com; additional mixing by D. James Tagg

Mastering: D. James Tagg

Recording locations:
Tracks 1-5: Stagg Sound Services studio, Bloomington, IN, September 2021
Tracks 6-8: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2021; originally recorded for presentation as a digital recital

Cover illustration: Henry Fording Eddins, instagram.com/henry.fording
Photography: Aaron Travers
Album design: Marc Wolf, marcjwolf.com

Aaron Travers is self-published (BMI)
David Clay Mettens is published by Mettens Press (ASCAP)
David Liptak is published by American Composers Edition (BMI) Margaret Brouwer is published by Brouwer New Music Publishing (BMI)

The commission of Two Nocturnes was supported by a 2017 New Music USA project grant. The recording of Two Nocturnes and Fear, Hiding, Play was supported by the Office of Research and Innovation at Western Michigan University.




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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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