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The Calls of Gravity

by David Laganella

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"Gravity, magnetism, waves, wind — the common denominator in these natural phenomenon is a strong, forceful core of power. Much music that draws inspiration from nature is visually evocative, and paints a picture of natural scenes. David Laganella’s work is focused on a more elemental approach, opting instead to build the texture of the music itself around a fundamental energy that is the essence of the relationship between the earth, the oceans, and the heavens. A sense of gravitational force drives these compositions, pulling and pushing in sound and gesture around an elemental, immovable presence.

For Laganella,“The Calls of Gravity is a reference to a technique that is prevalent in many of my works in which musical objects are attracted towards each other, some objects with greater mass than others. The tidal cover image is an apt metaphor for my musical process, where gravity dictates the movement of sounds that swirl like waves around a central core of energy or the power that pulls waves on to the shore line then decimate to transparency, ultimately pulled back to repeat the process.” - Peter Burwasser


released January 1, 2011

Recorded 5/42006 in Rock Hall, Temple University (The Hidden River and Persistence of Light) and 8/7/2006 (Sundarananda), 6/20/2009 (Unattainable Spaces), and 6/52010 (Leafless Trees) at Rose Recital Hall, University of Pennsylvania.
Produced by David Laganella
Engineering and Digital Editor: Eugene Lew, Equal Loudness Recording
Post Production: Ryan Streber www.oktavenaudio.com
Liner Notes by Peter Burwasser and David Laganella
Design by Tina Laganella www.interactivedesigner.com
Leafless Trees: The Prism Quartet
The Hidden River, The Persistence of Light: Marilyn Nonken
Unattainable Spaces: Beverly Shin, violin; Sang Hyun Mary Yong, viola; Naomi Gray, cello; Joshua Kovach, clarinet; Gabe Globus-Hoenich, percussion; Jeremy Gill, conductor
Sundarananda: Erin Lesser, flute; Joanne Lin, cello; Daniel Lippel, guitar




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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