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Maroney, Denman With Bleckmann / Hirsch

Music For Words, Perhaps: The Poetry of W B Yeates and Wallace Stevens

Maroney, Denman  With Bleckmann / Hirsch: Music For Words, Perhaps: The Poetry of W B Yeates and Wal (Innova)

Hyperpianist Maroney in "Music for Words" using the poetry of Yeats; and 2 works for Maroney's reunited 1980's band Iota Jot Yod band with Shelley Hirsch and Herb Robertson.

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product information:

UPC: 72670861723

Label: Innova
Catalog ID: Innova 717
Squidco Product Code: 12068

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded, edited and mixed by Michael Brorby and John Guth


Denman Maroney-hyperpiano

Arthur Kell-bass

David Simons-percussion

Herb Robertson-trumpet, cornet

Shelley Hirsch-voice

Theo Bleckmann-voice

Special Guest

Sheila Schonbrun-voice

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track listing:

Music for Words Perhaps

1. The Song of the Happy Shepher 5:15

2. The Second Coming 5:19

3. The Crazed Moon 1:03

4. The Song of Wandering Aengus 6:29

5. A Drinking Song 1:04

6. A Drunken Man's Praise of Sobriety 0:59

7. The Cap and Bells 4:29

8. Three Songs to the One Burden 4:31

9. The Two Trees 5:19

10. The Lamentation of the Old Pensioner 2:04

A Thoughtful Revolved

1. The Mechanical Optimist 7:04

2. Mystic Garden & Midling Beast 4:34

3. Romanesque Affabulation 5:26

4. The Leader 3:17

15. I'm Yours 5:13

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Compositional Forms
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Unusual Vocal Forms
Spoken Word
Hirsch, Shelley
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"This is a CD of songs written by Denman Maroney to words by William Butler Yeats, Wallace Stevens and himself, sung by Theo Bleckmann, Shelley Hirsch, Sheila Schonbrun, and himself, accompanied by Herb Robertson (brass), Arthur Kell (bass), David Simons (drums), and himself (piano). They might be jazz, or they might be classical; suit yourself.

The group known as Iota Jot Yod performs the Stevens and Maroney settings."-Innova

Artist Biographies:

"The music of "hyperpianist" Denman Maroney (born 1949) is inspired by nature and the music of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Henry Cowell, Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Scott Joplin, Olivier Messiaen, Thelonious Monk, Conlon Nancarrow and Karheinz Stockhausen among others. Maroney plays what he calls hyperpiano, which involves bowing and sliding the strings with copper bars, steel cylinders, Tibetan prayer bowls, rubber blocks and CD cases and gives him a unique sonic vocabulary. He also uses a system of temporal harmony based on the undertone series that allows him to improvise and compose in several tempos at once.

Maroney also has worked with musicians Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Jon Deak, John King, Garrett List, Roger Miller, Michael Moore, Bob Ostertag, William Parker, Bobby Previte, Ed Schuller, Elliot Sharp and Peter Zummo among others, and dance and theater artists Davidson Lloyd, Sin Cha Hong, Tom Keegan, Tom Lillard, Erin Martin, Wendy Osserman and Mel Wong among others.

Maroney was educated at Cal. Inst. of the Arts (MFA '74), Bennington College and Williams College (BA '71). His teachers included John Bergamo, Alan Chaplin, Bill Dixon, Jimmy Garrison, Leonid Hambro, Ingram Marshall, Steven Mosko, Morton Subotnick, and James Tenney."

-Denman Maroney Website (

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