Five original chamber works for saxophone and ensemble by composer and saxophonist Tim Brady for his second release on Ambiances Magnetiques.
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Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 110 CD
Squidco Product Code: 1718
Packaging: Cardstock 4 page foldover
Recorded between November 1998 and December 2001 in Montreal, CA by Morris Apelbaum.
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1 Unison Rituals (1991) 12:34
2 Double Helix (1994) 13:11
3 Two Chords Less Than a Blues (1999) 10:21
4 Escapement (1997) 14:56
5 Sound Off (1983) 12:39
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"Unison Rituals is Tim Brady’s second release on Ambiances Magnétiques, and features five highly original chamber works for saxophone and ensemble which point to the increasing trend among new music ensembles to play music coming from a wide range of performance traditions, bridging the gap between musique actuelle and contemporary chamber works. Though Brady is perhaps best known for his virtuoso solo guitar works (see his "Twenty Quartet Inch Jacks") he is also a chamber and orchestral composer of great imagaination. The title track is a powerful work for saxophone quartet by the Quasar saxophone quartet. The next three performance are by Bradyworks, the composer’s own chamber ensemble. Double Helix is a quartet for saxophone (soprano, alto and baritone), combined with piano, percussion and cello and features complex ensemble playing and interlocking rhythmic counterpoint. Two Chords Less Than a Blues features solos for each of the performers on tenor saxophone, piano and percussion. The work’s title refers to the fact that the piece explores two very simple harmonic ideas - a 4-note cluster and the Cminor7 chord - spinning out elaborte textural and melodic ideas from two very primary musical ideas. Escapement is a quartet with Brady playing scordatura guitar. For this composition, the guitar is tuned to a differnet set of notes than usual, giving the work a distinctive harmonic colour. The final work on the CD is Sound Off, Brady’s 1983 outdoor performance piece for 100 wind instruments and 8 bass drums, done here in a studio version, using multi-track overdubbing to create an ensemble of 45 winds and 3 bass drums. The work moves from complex textures to simple unison drones to jazz-influenced ensemble counterpoint, creating a striking 12 and a half minute CD-version of Brady’s original 45-minute outdoor extravaganza."-Ambiances Magnetiques
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