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Heirlooms: New Music Inspired by Young Children

by Trio Kavak

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The experience of becoming a new parent and raising a young family is a transformative one, both personally and artistically. As a result of winning a grant from the Yale School of Music alumniVentures program, the five composers featured on “Heirlooms” set out to capture the inspiration that they received from their young children in new compositions. The results showcase a fascinating range of aesthetics and express the complex and rich emotions that come with this point on life’s timeline. Carl Schimmel’s The Moon Rabbit Syllabary references his children’s part-Japanese heritage. Schimmel drew upon a Japanese story about “the rabbit in the moon” in which a God dresses as a beggar to test the kindness of a monkey, fox, and rabbit. Schimmel embeds some quotes of Japanese children’s songs and even references a Thom Yorke song, “Sail to the Moon” in this evocative “retelling” of a timeless tale. Orianna Webb’s The Love We Save captures the interplay between routine and growth that characterizes time with a small child. Familiar sounding passages are set off-kilter by rhythmic hiccups as flights of fancy take the listener, and presumably Orianna’s daughter, on brief journeys of self-discovery.
Armando Bayolo’s multi-movement Six Portraits in Flowing Time aligns with a long tradition stretching back to Bach. Bayolo uses the letters of the names of his family members to generate musical material. Dr. Seuss’ celebrated Green Eggs and Ham is the inspiration for Adam B. Silverman’s Would Not Could Not. Silverman loosely transcribes the text of the story onto the instrumental parts, with the viola “playing” the character Sam and the flute “playing” the unnamed, green-food detesting character. Daniel Kellogg’s Songs for Grandma celebrates the relationship between his daughter and her grandmother before she passed away. Kellogg’s tender, Coplandesque language is a fitting conclusion to this collection of pieces capturing a special moment in these artists’ lives.


released November 11, 2016

Trio Kavak:
Amelia Lukas, flute
Victor Lowrie, viola
Kathryn Andrews, harp

Engineering, Digital Editing, Mixing, Mastering: Ryan Streber, OktavenAudio.com
Producers: Carl Schimmel (Tracks 1-4), Orianna Webb (Track 5), Armando Bayolo (Tracks 6-11), Adam B. Silverman (Track 12), Daniel Kellogg (Track 13-15), Ryan Streber (all tracks)
CD design and layout: Memo Salazar foolfactory.com
Recorded at Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY October 15-16, 2015
This recording was partially funded by a grant from the Yale University alumniVentures program
Websites: www.triokavak.com




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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