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by Van Stiefel

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Van Stiefel's Solaris explores the fragile and delicate world of electric guitar played with a classical technique. Featuring performances by guitarists Daniel Lippel, David Nadal, and the composer himself, violinist Nurit Pacht, vocalist Holly Nadal, and flutist Ed Schultz.

"Solaris, the first piece on this CD, employs computer-generated sounds and loops triggered by MIDI/electric guitar; however most of the pieces simply use a clean, finger-style electric technique. Recalling classical guitar music, these pieces explore an inward, fragile soundworld inherent in a simple physicality; fingers plucking amplified strings. With or without interactice technology, they embrace a wired reality of the electric guitar as amplified and electric, while referencing the intimacy of the instrument in chamber music - or as simply, a guitar."

- Van Stiefel, from The Liner Notes


released January 1, 2011

Producer: Van Stiefel
Recorded at Soft Landing Studios
Engineered and Mixed by Stephen Griesgraber
Mastered by Ryan Streber
Cover image: installation by Caroline Lathan Stiefel
Photo: Adam Blumberg




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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