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Vasallo, Nick: The Burning (Ars Nova Classics)

The 1st release on the Ars Nova Classics label presents 'Eclecticism' composer Nick Vasallo in genre–blurring avant and electro-acoustic works performed by several ensembles.
 

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UPC: 877569008293

Label: Ars Nova Classics
Catalog ID: 0105
Squidco Product Code: 9270

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray

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"This debut release by contemporary composer Nick Vasallo truly blurs the line between the concert hall and rock club. Vasallo's musical vocabulary ranges from extremely minimalistic to radically chromatic and tonally adventurous. Aspects of archaic (Middle Age and Renaissance polyphony), post-Romantic, Minimalist, Impressionist, Heavy Metal, and Taiko are all present within this CD. His unique style has been dubbed as "Eclecticism", which is his (generation's) reaction to the long winded and patriarchal Western Art music tradition. Although each track showcases Vasallo's ever-changing technique and thought process, he consistently reveals his distinct voice clearly. This CD is not just for the adventurous, but is suitable for anyone that craves variety and drama."-Ars Nova

"This CD is a varied grab-bag of works for different ensembles by a young composer who, before undertaking any formal musical training, performed and wrote material for a hardcore thrash metal rock band. The three electro-acoustic pieces (Vertigo series) are the only ones here that suggest the sort of thing one might hear in a rock club, apart from a general tendency toward 'dark' subject matter in the texts performed or alluded to in some works; the other pieces are highly accomplished pastiches of various styles from Baroque and classical keyboard music to minimalism to polyphonic chant, and so on. In general the pieces are short, tonal and uncomplicated; Vasallo has a gift for melody and striking sonic textures, though it is perhaps a little hard to point to anything entirely original, apart from the Vertigo pieces. The CD is produced and presented in a 'pop' style, including an unlisted 'bonus track', an agreeable Scarlatti-ish pastiche on synthesizer. Definitely intriguing; one wonders what Vasallo might do in an extended work for large ensemble - maybe we'll find out in due course."- Records International.com

Ars Nova Classics is an independent record label and distributor dedicated to new music by American composers. Founded in 2003, Ars Nova was originally a small classical music distributor mainly dealing with hard to find imports around the world. Based in Minnesota USA, Ars Nova Classics is managed by Paul Manfield, a music lover with an affinity for contemporary classical. A software analyst by day and an amateur pianist by night, Manfield's passion for discovering new and eccentric talent has encouraged him to expand his small distribution company into a fully fledged independent record label. His goal is to champion new classical music not bound by tradition and academic rigidity."-Paul Manfield, Ars Nova


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Track Listing:



1. Vivi In Infernum

2. Lumen et Tenebras

3. De civitatibus

4. The Vertigo Series I. Monolith

5. The Vertigo Series II. Necromantic Dances

6. The Vertigo Series III. Confrontations

7. Never Odd or Even

8. The Atheist

9. Lamentation

10. Inconsolable

11. The 5 Stages of Grief

12. Falling Into You

13. Howling Winds

14. Emergence of the Kraken

15. The Network

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