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Andel, Laura

Andel, Laura: Somnambulist (Red Toucan)
Label: Red Toucan    
Released in: Canada    

Somnambulist is Laura Andel's new work for 14 musicians and conductor. It was premiered on October 25, 2002 at the Consulate of Argentina. Through the act of conducting, Laura Andel shapes and forms her music, combining actions and sounds that are both well-defined and open. Somnambulist walks the fine line between real and surreal in the space and time between subtle and subversive.

"Taylor Ho Bynum (b. 1975) has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation - through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and through production, organizing, teaching, writing and advocacy. As heard on over twenty recordings as a bandleader, Bynum's expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention as one of the singular musical voices of his generation. He currently leads his Sextet and 7-tette, and works with many collective ensembles including a duo with drummer Tomas Fujiwara, the improv trio Book of Three, the UK/US collaborative Convergence Quartet, the dance/music interdisciplinary ensemble Masters of Ceremony, and the trans-idiomatic little big band Positive Catastrophe.

His varied endeavors include his Acoustic Bicycle Tours (where he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles) and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation (which he serves as executive director, producing most of Braxton's recent major projects). In addition to his own bands, his ongoing collaboration with Braxton, past work with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, and current collective projects with forward thinking peers, Bynum increasingly travels the globe to conduct community-based large ensembles in explorations of new creative orchestra music. He is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker's Culture Blog, has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide, and has served as a panelist and consultant for leading funders and organizations. His work has received support from Creative Capital, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, USArtists International, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation."

-Taylor Ho Bynum website (

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NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
The Americas
Compositional Forms
Large Ensembles
Before April-2006

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Product Information:

UPC: 620675182926

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9322
Squidco Product Code: 1924

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live on October 25th, 2002 in New York and on March 22nd & May 5th, 2002 in Boston.


Pamelia Kurstin-Theremin

Sam Furnace-Soprano saxophone, Baritone Saxophone

Oscar Noriega-Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

Taylor Ho Bynum-Cornet

Ursel Schlicht-Piano

Reuben Radding-Double Bass

Tatsuya Nakatani-Drums, Gongs, Percussion

Danny Tunick-Vibraphone, Percussion

Kyoko Kitamura-Vocals, Electronics

Julie Kalu-Bass Trombone

Kenta Nagai-Fretless Guitar

Carl Maguire-Accordion

Jamie Baum-Flutes, Electronics

Stephanie Griffin-Viola

Laura Andel-Composition, Conducting

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Track Listing:

SomnambulisT 46:06

In The Midst 4:22

Murmur 6:02