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Gregory Wanamaker: Light and Shadows, Waves and Time


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An exploration of the unique timbral characteristics and technical extensions of wind instruments, Gregory Wanamaker’s LIGHT AND SHADOWS, WAVES AND TIME is comprised of eight compositions that collectively illustrate the composer’s ability to integrate various genre influences into a distinctive whole. His music has been lauded as “pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “achingly beautiful” by the Palm Beach Daily News. The album’s first track, “des ondes et les temps,” which translates to “of waves and time,” explores the saxophone’s full range of possibilities. A solo piece performed by Casey Grev, “des ondes et les temps” waxes and wanes and rises and falls. Wanamaker expands to a quartet setting for “…unsettled, unphased…,” whose rhythmic roots can be found in genres ranging from Eastern European folk and dance music to jazz and progressive rock. The somber, poignant “Elegy,” written for and performed by the Akropolis Reed Quintet, was originally composed in memory of those who died in the September 11 attacks, while the virtuosic musical fantasy, “Ragahoro Breakdown” intricately weaves elements of North Indian Raga with characteristics of a Bulgarian Horo and subtle hints of American folk music. The track that represents the second half of the album’s title is a sonata in two contrasting movements, the first a quiet nocturne, the second its polar opposite, each exploring the extended timbres of the saxophone and extreme ranges of the piano, while the dynamic “Out of Mind, Into Body” travels a similar path taken by John Friedrich’s solo bass clarinet. While less than two minutes in length, the spirited “Counterpunch” effectively alternates elements of driving American-style minimalist with a fusion of jazz and funk. The album concludes with a concrète version of its opening track, transforming it into the form of experimental music in which sound identities are intentionally manipulated to appear unconnected to their source, creating an ambient, layered soundscape.
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Item number NV6154
Barcode 896931004541
Release date 4/13/2018
Category Classical Music
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
Des Ondes et Les Temps00:06:00
1 Des ondes et les temps 00:05:57 Grev, Casey
… Unsettled, Unphased …00:09:00
2 ...Unsettled, Unphased... 00:09:45 Sullivan, Tim Geggie, John Young, Robert Howard, M. Maxwell
Elegy (version for reed quintet)00:04:00
3 Elegy 00:03:58 Akropolis Reed Quintet
Ragahoro Breakdown00:08:00
4 Ragahoro Breakdown 00:08:21 Duo Entrè-Nous
Of Light and Shadows00:20:00
5 Of Light and Shadows: I. Luminant Shadows 00:13:23 Page, Stephen Ames, Liz
6 Of Light and Shadows: II. Flickering Beams, Perpet 00:06:40 Page, Stephen Ames, Liz
Out of Mind, Into Body00:12:00
7 Out of Mind, into Body 00:12:37 Friedrichs, John
Counterpunch00:02:00
8 Counterpunch 00:01:48 Eos Sextet
Des Ondes et Les Temps00:06:00
9 Des ondes et les temps (Remix) 00:06:57 Grev, Casey
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