Featuring electronically-augmented vocal interpretations of lieder songs by such composers as Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, New York vocalist Judith Berkson also presents purely electronic pieces engaging noise and feedback-oriented vignettes, the evolution of her project started in 2016 as she re-contextualizes classical music in powerfully expressive ways.
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Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR066
Squidco Product Code: 30437
Recorded at The Thousand Caves, in Queens, New York, by Colin Marston.
Judith Berkson-voice, electronics, synthesizer
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"Judith Berkson is a soprano, pianist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York.
She studied voice with Lucy Shelton and composition with Joe Maneri at the New England Conservatory.
She has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire and City Opera and has presented work at Picasso Museum Malaga, Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, Joe's Pub, The Stone, Barbès and the 92 Street Y. She has received a Six Points Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation grant, Meet The Composer grant and support from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her solo album "Oylam" (ECM Records) was called "Standards and Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences, a beautiful Satie-like piece to open and close the record" by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times."-Judith Berkson Website (http://judithberkson.info/bio)
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1. Der Doppelganger 04:16
2. Monotonfin 02:49
3. Castle 03:38
4. Harpers 03:03
1. NeuDeux 02:52
2. Suns 02:26
3. Bundt 02:25
4. Der Kreuzzug 04:32
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"Judith Berkson, a composer, singer, and pianist based in NYC, has been honing her Liederkreis project since 2016, which features electronically-augmented vocal interpretations of lieder by such composers as Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, as well as purely electronic pieces engaging noise and feedback-oriented vignettes.
This new release finds Judith continuing a more song-oriented approach, as previously explored on her 2010 ECM release Oylam. The pieces contained on Liederkreis II are deeply haunting, timbrally sensuous, and a notably divergent aesthetic for Notice Recordings. Judith is taking her electronically-processed vocals and conforming them to the slowly dripping, contorted melodies of Schubert and Schumann's lieder, firmly within the lineage of such artists as Klaus Nomi and Kraftwerk.
Liederkreis II exists as a commentary of a hypermodern relationship with classical music: both an admiration and a recontextualisation. This is music that is at once both personal and emotional, and formal and mechanical. It is both beautiful and anxious. It is within this contrast that the album retains such an alluring presence, and we are honored to facilitate its existence. "-Notice Recordings
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