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Four compositions depicting the John Muir Trails, a high-quality set of biking trails near Madison and Milwaukee two hours from Chicago, composed by Eva-Maria Houben and performed by the West Coast percussion duo DesoDuo of Katie Eikam and Kevin Good, portraying the trails through bowed cymbals, marimba & vibraphone along with field recordings from the outdoor ambiance.
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Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 2117
Squidco Product Code: 31525
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in Pasadena, California, on February 16th, 2021, by Richard An.
Kevin Good-percussion, marimba, vibraphone
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"Eva-Maria Houben (born 1955) studied Music Education at Folkwang-Musikhochschule Essen and the organ with Gisbert Schneider. Following her exams she taught both German and Music Education at Secondary School. She received her doctorate and postdoctoral lecturing qualification in musicology and was called for lectures at Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg and Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. Since 1993 Professor Houben has been lecturing at Dortmund University`s "Institut für Musik und Musikwissenschaft", with both music theory and contemporary music as her focus. Up to now many books were published, concerning contemporary music, contemporary composers and traditional music, listened to with 'new ears'.
Eva-Maria Houben has been performing works for the organ for more than 30 years. As she is related to the "wandelweiser-group" of composers, her compositions are published by "edition wandelweiser", Haan. Her list of compositions up to now includes works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, works for voice and piano, for wind and chamber ensembles, for orchestra and for voice and orchestra, works for choir (www.wandelweiser.de). She publishes on subjects of contemporary music (Steiner, PFAU, Edition Howeg, bis-label Oldenburg)."-Eva-Maria Houben Website (http://www.evamariahouben.de/)
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"Katie Eikam is a percussion who performs in all styles of music ranging from classical, contemporary, world. Primarily, she specializes in music of the 20th and 21st century, live performances, recordings, and teachings. Her engagement in the music world has involved a number of various competitions , collaborations, festivals, and workshops. Such activities include the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, The Southern California International Marimba Competition, the Nief-Norf summer festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, recording at Capitol Records, the Monday Evening Cconcert Series at Zipper Hall. She currently performs with DesoDuo, a percussion duo collaboration with Kevin Good and Quartet Friends, a two-piano and two- percussion collaboration with Richard An, Wells Leng, and Kevin Good.
EIKAM is a graduate of Chapman University, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, and holds a Bachelor of Music-Instrumental Performance (BM). At Chapman, she studied with Dr. Nicholas Terry and Dr. Justin DeHart. Recently, she attended the California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Jonathan Hepfer, Amy Knoles, and Houman Pourmehdi. Eikam graduated in the spring of 2018 with a Masters of Fine Arts, Instrumenal Arts (MFA)."http://www.katieeikam.com/about.html) ^ Hide Bio for Katie Eikam
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1. John Muir Trails 1 (In The Fullness Of Time) 20:22
2. John Muir Trails 2 (So Little A Time) Version 1 1:02
3. John Muir Trails 3 (No Evil From "Waste Of Time") 5:07
4. John Muir Trails 2 (So Little A Time) Version 2 1:03
5. Among Flowers And Sunshine (John Muir Trails 4) 11:01
sample the album:
all quotations from: John Muir In His Own Words. A book of quotations. Compiled And Edited By Peter Browning, California 1988
john muir trails 1 (in the fullness of time) (var.) (2008)
"by forces seemingly antagonistic and destructive nature accomplishes her beneficent designs - now a flood of fire, now a flood of ice, now a flood of water; and again in the fullness of time an outburst of organic life."
john muir trails 2 (so little a time) (var.) (2008)
"a lifetime is so little a time that we die before we get ready to live."
john muir trails 3 (no evil from "waste of time") (var.) (2008)
"no evil consequence from 'waste of time'".
among flowers and sunshine (john muir trails 4) for marimba-/vibraphone (2008)
"drifting about among flowers and sunshine, I am like a butterfly or bee, though not half so busy or with so sure an aim. but in the midst of these methodless rovings I seek to spell out by close inspection things not well understood. still, in the work of grave science I make but little progress."
The John Muir Trails:
"High-quality single-track mountain bike trail system within an hour Madison and Milwaukee and two hours of Chicago make these trails the most popular in the state. Add top-notch trailhead facilities, ample rider services in area communities, plus the attractions and hospitality of the region and you've got an unbeatable riding destination. A big part of the attraction is one-way trails in the challenging terrain of the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest. The one-way trails make the experience seem almost private. You may pass or be passed by a few people, but you won't believe you're sharing the trails with a thousand other riders. The rugged terrain, hills and kettle-like depressions make for some tough riding, and may not be for everyone. But for riders looking for challenging, technical riding - this is the place. These trails are not suited for road or touring bikes, or bikes with trailers. During the winter, these trails are open to hikers and snowshoers. Fat-tire bikes do use this trail in the winter as well. A state park vehicle sticker is required. Anyone 16 years and older riding a mountain bike will require a state trail pass as well."
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