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by Ryan Muncy

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Saxophonist Ryan Muncy's groundbreaking, virtuosic recording Hot presents works that highlight the shifting and increasingly prominent role that his instrument plays in the cutting edge works of the avant-garde. Featuring premieres of works written for him by Chaya Czernowin and Marcos Balter, as well as definitive performances of works by Franco Donatoni, Georges Aperghis, Anthony Cheung, and Aaron Cassidy, Muncy explores the full range of the saxophone’s capacity, appearing here on each member of the instrument’s family – from baritone to the rarely heard sopranino saxophone. From Donatoni's searing and chaotic title work Hot, to Anthony Cheung's lush, detuned, and melodic Refrain from Riffing, to Georges Aperghis' hyper, playful duo, Rasch, the works on this recording engage with and push past the limitations of the saxophone's historical associations with jazz and wind ensemble music, breaking into new territory.

This recording also features several of contemporary music's most prominent performers; alongside Ensemble Dal Niente, masterfully conducted by Michael Lewanski, Muncy joins MacArthur Foundation Genius grantee flutist Claire Chase, acclaimed violist Nadia Sirota, and new music harpist Ben Melsky for duo performances. The range of Muncy's playing is extraordinary, from powerful soloistic playing over the ensemble in Donatoni's big band inspired work, to delicate, timbral sound painting in the introspective solo works by Czernowin and Cassidy. The saxophone becomes a chameleon-like device, proving equally at home in both sensitive chamber settings and wild soloistic displays.


released April 2, 2018




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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