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Shepard, Craig: Broken Silence (Music For Contemplation, Inc.)

The music to composer Craig Shepards performance work that presents listeners with text drawn from court testimony in the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, here concentrating on the quiet long tones generated by wind instruments and ebow strings, where pure tones pass between the musicians to build a pulsating chord that then drops away tone by tone.

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UPC: 700261470856

Label: Music For Contemplation, Inc.
Catalog ID: None
Squidco Product Code: 28601

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Degraw Sound, in Brooklyn, New York, by Nicholas Prout.


Craig Shepard-composer

Katie Porter-clarinet

Erin Rogers-saxophone

Alex Lahoski-steel string acoustic guitar, e bow

Elisa Corona Aguilar-steel string acoustic guitar, e bow

Dan Joseph-dulcimer, e bow

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"Wandelweiser composer Craig Shepard makes music related to stillness and designs silent walks. He grew up in Connecticut, where he went for long walks in the middle of snowy nights, stopping to listen to the sheen of millions of snowflakes coming to rest.

Recent projects include Broken Silence, in which music supports listeners engaging with text from the scandal in the Catholic Church, On Foot: Aubervilliers, a twenty-four day residency in which Shepard lead groups in silent walks lasting three to fourteen hours, and Trumpet City, a live, outdoor installation of forty trumpets.

Shepard studied trombone performance at Northwestern University and completed post-graduate studies at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich, where he served as a Lecturer and Listening Researcher. His teachers include Frank Crisafulli (trombone), Ulrich Eichenberger (sacbut), Corrado Bossard (trumpet), as well as Amnon Wolman, Alan Stout, and Michael Pisaro (composition). He has participated in a Deep Listening course with Pauline Oliveros and Guitar Circle courses with Robert Fripp.

His work has been performed at the Festival d'Automne Paris, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Experimental Intermedia New York, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, and Roulette, NYC among many others. He has joined installations at the Guggenheim and Whitney Museums in New York. He has received commissions from the Präsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, the Quartour Bozzini, the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and many others.

His work has been published by Edition Howeg, the Schweizerische Musikzeitung, Antennae and Edition Wandelweiser. His recordings appear on Edition Wandelweiser Records. Articles appear in the Brooklyn Rail. He lives in Brooklyn."

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"Katie Porter plays clarinet, bass clarinet, sings, writes songs and curates performances. She exists mainly in the experimental realm, but can sometimes be found elsewhere."

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"Based in New York City, Erin Rogers is a Canadian-American composer, saxophonist, and performance artist dedicated to new and experimental music. Named a "rising star" (Broadway World), her music has been described as "whimsical, theatrical" (Brooklyn Vegan), "a wild ride" (An Earful), and "so complex, it's primitive." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Her work explores the intersection of chamber music, sound alchemy, and theatre, moving freely between acoustic and electronic worlds, with performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Roulette, The Knockdown Center, MATA Festival,Ecstatic Festival, Prototype Festival, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, wasteLAnd, and internationally, at the Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City), Resonanzraum (Hamburg), Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid); NyMusikk Bergen (Norway), Edmonton Fringe Festival (Canada), Splendor (Amsterdam), and the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. Crossing genres, from theatre-to-installation-to-silence, through collaborations with Orange Theatre, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Harvestworks, Experiments in Opera, Decoder, and Music for Contemplation, Rogers' music has been featured on the French Quarter Festival (New Orleans), Continuum Music Festival (Memphis), Charlotte New Music Festival, SPLICE Festival (Kalamazoo), Bowling Green New Music Festival, Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva Manuel Enriquez (Mexico City) and the mise-en Festival (NYC). She has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, Copland House, and wildUp, and is co-artistic director of the experimental performance ensembles: thingNY, New Thread Saxophone Quartet, Hypercube, and Popebama."

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Alex Lahoski is a NYC guitarist, known for his work with Tilted Axes, and his part in Craig Shepard's "Broken Silence".

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"Elisa Corona Aguilar [Born 1981, Ciudad de México] is a writer, translator, composer and guitarist from Mexico City. As a kid, she felt left out when her brother got a guitar and she didn't. In this episode, she tell us how she finally got her own instrument, and how it still influences the music she makes today.

Elisa has won several literary prizes and her most recent book is Doctor Vertigo and the Temptations of Imbalance and she's translated Mingus & Mingus, the autobiography of Sue Graham Mingus and her life with Charles Mingus in Mexico. She's been a member of Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, Music for Contemplation, the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, Música y Letras at El Taller Latinoamericano de Nueva York, Tilted Axes: Music For Mobile Electric Guitars and the guitar duet Doble vida. She has a solo project called Sierpe and Other Stories, a series of compositions with electric guitar, loop, iPhone, music box, poetry and spoken word in different languages. She's pursuing her PhD in music (NYU) and is a member of the prestigious National Endowment for Art Creators of Mexico (SNCA)."

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"Dan Joseph: Composer - New York City

In his solo works for electroacoustic hammer dulcimer, for which he uses the title Duclimer Flight, Dan constructs contemplative soundscapes that slowly unfold over the course of 30-minutes to one-hour. With roots in early minimalism, ambient music and acoustic ecology, these long-form "journeys" combine composed elements, often in the form of a fixed melodic pattern, with extensive improvisation while exploring the dulcimer's rich harmonic properties. Using a mix of traditional and experimental (extended) techniques in combination with his self-designed laptop-based processing system, Dan gives this ancient instrument and entirely new and contemporary identity. Two such performances are documented on his new double-CD release Electroacoustic Works on XI Records, New York (March 2017)

Past performances include Human Resources (LA), CNMAT (Berkeley), Harrison House (Joshua Tree), Rhizome DC, Experimental Intermedia (NY), Issue Project Room (NY), Meridian Gallery (SF), Somarts Cultural Center (SF), Center for New Music (SF), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), Highwire Gallery (PA), The Center, Corvallis (OR), Deep Listening Space (NY), Fringe Space (DC) and others."

-Dan Joseph Website (

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track listing:

1. Silence 0:55

2. Broken Silence, Part I 18:02

3. Broken Silence, Part II 17:41

4. Broken Silence, Part III 14:27

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"In Broken Silence, music supports listeners engaging with text drawn from court testimony connected with the scandal in the Catholic Church. The 75-minute live performances includes spoken word and quiet long tones from winds and ebow strings.

In the live presentations, musicians sit in a circle surrounded by listeners in concentric rings. The music has three fifteen to eighteen minute parts with silence in between. Each part begins with a pure tone, which is passed between the musicians across the circle. Over five to ten minutes, tones are added one at a time, building a pulsating chord. Then tones drop out one at a time, often imperceptibly.

Shaping the flow of the piece, the speaker pays attention to the resonance with the musicians and listeners, moving forward or slowing down as needed."-Music for Contemplation

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