Composer Mikel Kuehn, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, writes music that is deftly structured, exquisitely orchestrated, and imbued with an ideal balance between deep pathos and intellectual rigor. Heard here in performances by Chicago based Ensemble Dal Niente, Flexible Music, percussionist Gregory Beyer, guitarist Daniel Lippel, cellist Craig Hultgren, and BGSU Saxophone Ensemble, and with in depth liner notes by flutist/composer/new music icon Harvey Sollberger, Kuehn's music takes the high modernist tradition as a starting point, creating works of rich depth that reward repeat listenings.
released November 11, 2016
Track 1: Ensemble Dal Niente; Michael Lewanski, cond.
Track 2: Gregory Beyer, marimba
Track 3: Craig Hultgren, cello
Track 4: Flexible Music (Haruka Fujii, vibraphone; Tim Ruedeman, saxophone; Eric Huebner, piano; Daniel Lippel, guitar)
Track 5: BGSU Saxophone Ensemble; Mikel Kuehn, cond.
Track 6: Daniel Lippel, guitar
Track 7: Ensemble Dal Niente
Design/CD Layout: Stefan Kuehn www.skuehndesign.com
Engineers: Dan Nichols (Tracks 1, 2, 7), Mark Bunce (Tracks 3, 5), Ryan Streber (Track 6), Christopher Jacobs (Track 4)
Mixing, Mastering, Post-Production: Ryan Streber, OktavenAudio.com
Digital Editors: Dan Nichols (Track 1, 2, 7), Mikel Kuehn (Track 3, 5), Christopher Jacobs (Track 4); Ryan Streber (Track 6)
Recording Locations/Dates: Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL, 1/31/2015 to 2/12/15 (Tracks 1, 2, 7); Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 10/19/2008 (Track 3) and 11/13/2010 (Track 5); Lippes Concert Hall, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (Track 4); Southcrest Studio, Huntington, NY (Track 6)
Executive Producers: Mikel Kuehn and Daniel Lippel
Session producers: Mikel Kuehn, Michael Lewanski (Track 1); Gregory Beyer, Mikel Kuehn (Track 2); Mikel Kuehn (Track 3); Flexible Music, Christopher Jacobs (Track 4) Christopher Chandler, Mikel Kuehn, Andrew Martin Smith (Track 5) Daniel Lippel, Ryan Streber (Track 6); Mikel Kuehn, Michael Lewanski, Chris Wild (Track 7)
Edit producers: Mikel Kuehn (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7), Daniel Lippel (Tracks 4, 6)
Liner Notes: Harvey Sollberger
Websites: mikelkuehn.com www.dalniente.com