Young American Inventions

by Steven Ricks

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Composer Steven Ricks's music reflects a sophisticated and complex relationship to modernism, vernacular language, musique concrete, and conceptualism, creating works that mashup these different strains with the finely tuned sense of collage and the irreverence of remix. In these probing electroacoustic and ensemble works, Ricks observes and occasionally lampoons the detritus of American sonic culture, but ultimately finds hope and beauty within it.

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released June 9, 2015

Scott Holden, piano (tr 2, 13)
Keith Kirchoff, piano (tr 14)
Flexible Music (tr 3-6) (Haruka Fujii, percussion; Tim Ruedeman, saxophone; Eric Huebner, piano; Daniel Lippel, guitar)
Hexnut (tr 8) (Michaela Riener, mezzo soprano; Ned McGowan, flutes; Susanna Borsch, recorders; Anton Weeren, trumpet; Ere Lievonen, piano)
Canyonlands New Music Ensemble (tr 10-12) (Carlton Vickers, flutes; Noriko Kishi, cello; Jason Rabb, percussion; Morris Rosenzweig, conductor)

Producers: Steven Ricks, except Tracks 3-6, Judith Sherman

Engineers: Jon Holloman (tracks 2, 14), Judith Sherman (tracks 3-6), Micha de Kanter (track 8), Carlton Vickers (track 10-12), Jeanne Velonis (assistant on tracks 3-6)

Mastering: Troy Sales

Track 2 - Recorded at Madsen Recital Hall, BYU, 4/26/2007
Tracks 3-6- Recorded at Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 2/24/2009
Track 8 - Recorded at de Jong Concert Hall, BYU 9/25/2013
Track 10-12- Recorded at de Jong Concert Hall, BYU, 5/8/2008
Track 14- Recorded at de Jong Concert Hall, BYU 7/26/2011

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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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