The autobiographical account of an older man from age 1 to 84 in Robert Ashley's 2014 work for six voices, performed in six 15-minute acts of quickly spoken articulations reflecting on three characters, while the other singers perform as a vocal orchestra.
Crash [2 CDs]
Label: Lovely Music
Released in: USA
"Scored for six voices and performed in six 15-minute acts, Crash (2014) is the autobiographic account of an older man from age 1 to 84--his attitudes and prejudices as the member of a certain economic and social class. His thoughts are delivered through three levels of mediations, each featuring a different character and distinct vocal style.
Character One, singing with the intimacy that comes in phone conversations, muses on the "Seven Ages of Man" that drives the human race, the problem of being small in our society, and the pros and cons of having neighbors.
Character Two, singing in the detached, deliberate style one takes to read a classic poem, shares the older man's peculiar physical and mental problems.
Character Three, with an almost unnoticeable stutter, describes, very briefly, the important events and ideas this man has lived through.
The music of Crash is entirely vocal, soft, but amplified, and with a fast elocution, which produces a haunting soundscape audiences will have rarely experienced before. The six singers, sitting at identical tables and chairs, rotate through the three characters, showcasing their unique vocal qualities as in the aria technique in traditional opera, while the other singers perform as a vocal 'orchestra.'"-Robert Ashley.com
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Label: Lovely Music
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Recorded live at Roulette during the four-concert presentation April 15-18, 2015 by Tom Hamilton.
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1. Act I (Years 1-14) 15:15
2. Act II (Years 15-28) 15:11
3. Act III (Years 29-42) 15:15
1. Act IV (Years 43-56) 15:15
2. Act V (Years 57-70) 15:12
3. Act VI (Years 71-84) 15:21