Lee Weisert: Wild Arc

by Lee Weisert

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Composer Lee Weisert, faculty member at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, writes acoustic and electro-acoustic music that seeks to find, through experimentation, tinkering, and unconventional approaches, a ritualistic and expressively deep world of sound. From Triangle Umbrella Octopus, a collage of sounds made from rewired children’s toys, to Hohle Fels, recorded with Weisert playing only key click sounds on flutes and clarinets, his music manages to both excavate fresh timbral territory while still retaining a sense of narrative and architecture, something often lost when composers dig deep to unearth new textures. Pianist Clara Yang’s poignant performance on the Messiaen-esque Erard stands out on this disc as a monologue amidst the otherwise electronics dominated program, but also reveals another rich side of Weisert’s writing, and one that provides context for the lush verticalities we hear in the electro-acoustic work Shirt of Noise. Also notable is saxophonist Matthew McClure’s performance on the dystopic track, Any thing that is Strang, intentionally mixed as if the performer found himself underwater or behind a thick curtain. Each work on this engaging recording comes from a finely considered starting point, making these pieces not just fascinating end products, but also documentations of a composer interested in rigging up unlikely processes as the genesis for new work.

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released April 29, 2014

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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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