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Æsopica: Music of Marcos Balter



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ICE's new release on it's in-house label, Tundra, highlights a fruitful seven-year collaboration between the ensemble and Brazilian born composer Marcos Balter, featuring five world premiere recordings of works commissioned and championed by the group. Balter's music absorbs techniques and aesthetics from across the compositional spectrum, adapting them to a sensibility that is consistently sensual, colorful and immediate. The connection between ICE and Balter runs through Chicago, where he served on the composition faculty at Columbia College. Wicker Park, written for ICE saxophonist and former Chicago residen tRyan Muncy, celebrates a Chicago neighborhood known for it's bohemian spirity and CIY arts scene. Codex Seraphinianus, for flute, soprano saxophone, viola and bassoon is an eleven movement suite inspired by an encyclopedia of imaginary objects by Italian designer Luigi Serafini. The Art Institute of Chicago asked Claire Chase to commission a composer to write a work inspired by the museum's permanent collection. The result, inspired by Cy Twombly's Return from Parnassus, is Balter's Descent from Parnmassus, a tour de force solo flute work that is two pieces happening simultaneously - a virtuoso fluote solo and a breathless recitation of Book One of Dante's Canto Paradiso at the same time. Ligare for six instruments employs subtle microtones and whistling to create an atmospheric, disembodied soundscape. The final work, Aesopica, was Balter's first large ensemble piece for ICE. Based on Aesop's fables, Aesopica sets this famous work for children through contemporary music, as Balter draws on his wide pallette to paint whimsical vignettes of sound and fantasy. This album, then, is a partial compendium of Balter's work over recent years, indeed, in the liner notes, he writes "My music for ICE is very much like a diary of my own trajectory as a composer."
Facts
Item number TUN004
Barcode 747565635048
Release date 11/11/2016
Category Classical Music
Label TUNDRA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Karre, Ross
Ensemble International Contemporary Ensemble
Disc: 1
Wicker Park00:10:00
1 Wicker Park 00:10:23 Muncy, Ryan
Codex Seraphinianus00:17:00
2 Codex Seraphinianus: I. Flora 00:01:25 Karre, Ross International Contemporary Ensemble
3 Codex Seraphinianus: II. Fauna 00:01:22 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
4 Codex Seraphinianus: III. Bipeds 00:00:59 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
5 Codex Seraphinianus: IV. Hermetica 00:00:32 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
6 Codex Seraphinianus: V. Machinery 00:01:59 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
7 Codex Seraphinianus: VI. Anthropology 00:02:04 Karre, Ross International Contemporary Ensemble
8 Codex Seraphinianus: VII. Register. Albertine Gone 00:00:59 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
9 Codex Seraphinianus: VIII. Linguistics 00:01:01 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
10 Codex Seraphinianus: IX. Culture 00:01:01 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
11 Codex Seraphinianus: X. Games 00:03:27 Karre, Ross International Contemporary Ensemble
12 Codex Seraphinianus: XI. Architecture 00:02:37 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
Descent from Parnassus00:12:00
13 Descent from Parnassus 00:11:57 Chase, Claire
Ligare00:07:00
14 Ligare 00:06:31 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
Æsopica Suite00:18:00
15 Æsopica Suite: I. Prologue 00:01:30 International Contemporary Ensemble Tantsits, Peter Karre, Ross
16 Æsopica Suite: II. Overture 00:02:37 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
17 Æsopica Suite: III. The Fly and the Mule 00:01:49 International Contemporary Ensemble Tantsits, Peter Karre, Ross
18 Æsopica Suite: IV. The Boastful Lamp 00:02:26 International Contemporary Ensemble Tantsits, Peter Karre, Ross
19 Æsopica Suite: V. The Mountain in Labor 00:01:41 Greenberg, Jacob Tantsits, Peter Karre, Ross
20 Æsopica Suite: VI. The Rabbit and the Dog 00:01:10 International Contemporary Ensemble Tantsits, Peter Karre, Ross
21 Æsopica Suite: VII. The Wind and the Sun 00:02:51 International Contemporary Ensemble Tantsits, Peter Karre, Ross
22 Æsopica Suite: VIII. The Cicada and the Ant 00:02:36 International Contemporary Ensemble Tantsits, Peter Karre, Ross
23 Æsopica Suite: IX. Epilogue 00:01:32 Karre, Ross Tantsits, Peter International Contemporary Ensemble
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