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Andel, Laura: Somnambulist (Red Toucan)


 

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Pamelia Stickney-Theremin

Sam Furnace-Soprano saxophone, Baritone Saxophone

Oscar Noriega-Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

Taylor Ho Bynum-Cornet

Ursel Schlicht-Piano

Reuben Radding-doublebass

Tatsuya Nakatani-Drums, Gongs, Percussion

Danny Tunick-Vibraphone, Percussion

Kyoko Kitamura-Vocals, Electronics

Julie Kalu-Bass Trombone

Kenta Nagai-Fretless Guitar

Carl Maguire-Accordion

Jamie Baum-Flutes, Electronics

Stephanie Griffin-Viola

Laura Andel-Composition, Conducting


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UPC: 620675182926

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9322
Squidco Product Code: 1924

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live on October 25th, 2002 in New York and on March 22nd & May 5th, 2002 in Boston.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

Somnambulist is Laura Andel's new work for 14 musicians and conductor. It was premiered on October 25, 2002 at the Consulate of Argentina. Through the act of conducting, Laura Andel shapes and forms her music, combining actions and sounds that are both well-defined and open. Somnambulist walks the fine line between real and surreal in the space and time between subtle and subversive.

Artist Biographies

"Pamelia Stickney (formerly known as Pamelia Kurstin) is an American theremin player. She has performed and recorded with many artists including David Byrne, Yoko Ono, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Seb Rochford, Otto Lechner and Simone Dinnerstein, and was instrumental to the final design of Robert Moog's Etherwave Pro Theremin, for which she was the primary test musician. Kurstin has made various film, television and radio appearances, most notably on Saturday Night Live, and in the 2004 documentary Moog.

Pamelia has also presented talks at events such as TED. Her background as a jazz musician on the upright bass has led to develop a "walking bass" theremin technique. She was based in New York until 2005; she now lives in Vienna, Austria.

Ms. Stickney was first introduced to the theremin during production of the album Into the Oh in 1999 by Luaka Bop duo Geggy Tah - singer/writer Tommy Jordan and keyboardist Greg Kurstin. She recorded Gymnopedie in 2000 as a member of the theremin/keyboard duo called "The Kurstins" with her then-husband, Greg. Her first solo album Thinking Out Loud was released in 2007 on John Zorn's Tzadik label. In 2011 the London-based label Slowfoot released Ouch Evil Slow Hop, a collaboration between Pamelia and Seb Rochford.

In 2013, Pamelia formed Blueblut with Mark Holub and Chris Janka. The Vienna-based trio released their first album hurts so gut on Bandcamp in 2014."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamelia_Kurstin)
7/10/2024

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"Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Oscar lives in Brooklyn since 1992.

He has worked with Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemingway, Dewey Redman and Paul Motion.

He is currently performing with Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Endangered Blood (Chris Speed, Jim Black, Trevor Dunn) and colead with Jacob Garchik, the Mexico-inspired Banda De Los Muertos.

He plays alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and drums."

-Oscar Noriega Website (http://www.oscarnoriega.com/contact/)
7/10/2024

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"Taylor Ho Bynum (b. 1975) has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation - through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and through production, organizing, teaching, writing and advocacy. As heard on over twenty recordings as a bandleader, Bynum's expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention as one of the singular musical voices of his generation. He currently leads his Sextet and 7-tette, and works with many collective ensembles including a duo with drummer Tomas Fujiwara, the improv trio Book of Three, the UK/US collaborative Convergence Quartet, the dance/music interdisciplinary ensemble Masters of Ceremony, and the trans-idiomatic little big band Positive Catastrophe.

His varied endeavors include his Acoustic Bicycle Tours (where he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles) and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation (which he serves as executive director, producing most of Braxton's recent major projects). In addition to his own bands, his ongoing collaboration with Braxton, past work with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, and current collective projects with forward thinking peers, Bynum increasingly travels the globe to conduct community-based large ensembles in explorations of new creative orchestra music. He is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker's Culture Blog, has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide, and has served as a panelist and consultant for leading funders and organizations. His work has received support from Creative Capital, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, USArtists International, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation."

-Taylor Ho Bynum website (http://taylorhobynum.com/)
7/10/2024

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"Reuben Radding is a bassist, free improviser, teacher, and recording engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Washington DC in 1966. After relocating to New York City in 1988 he studied the double bass with Mark Dresser and quickly became a busy stalwart of the so-called "Downtown" scene, performing with many of the most prominent new Jazz musicians of the time. Radding has taught master classes on extended bass techniques and free improvisation workshops He is also an accomplished recording engineer and producer, and owns Studio STATS, in Brooklyn, NY."

-Nuscope Recordings (http://nuscope.org/musicians/reuben-radding/)
7/10/2024

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"Tatsuya Nakatani. Acoustic Sound Artist, Master Percussionist. b. 1970, Osaka Japan

Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has released over eighty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since the mid-nineties, he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and independent venues. Infamous for his constant touring, Nakatani criss-crosses the country every year inspiring audiences with his pioneering sound. In addition to his solo performances, he conducts the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), a mobile community engagement project which organizes local ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs.Nakatani teaches master classes and workshops at universities, giving students an opportunity to share his unique musical approach and philosophy for creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. Utilizing drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, wooden sticks, metal objects, and the bows and mallets he handcrafts in his Kobo; he creates an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music that defies genre. His work references improvised-experimental music, free jazz, and noise, while still retaining the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music."

-Tatsuya Nakatani Website (http://www.hhproduction.org/tatsuya_bio.html)
7/10/2024

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"Percussionist/conductor/composer Danny Tunick is active in the classical, rock, and jazz scenes in and around New York City. He has worked closely with many dance companies, including Karole Armitage's Armitage Gone! Dance, Juliette Mapp ("One" and "Anna, Ikea and I" at Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church), Tanya Calamoneri's Company SoGoNo ("Two by Two"), and is currently working in collaboration with his wife, Action Theater performer Cassie Tunick, as "The 13th Hour of the 26th Day." He's also worked in the theater with directors such as Rinde Eckert Macarthur Award-winning playwright John Jesurun. He has composed the score for artist/director Jorge Columbo's film entitled 'Fishnet Minute.'

In the classical realm, he has performed in the premieres of works by innumerable composers, including Julia Wolfe, Annie Gosfield, Herbert Brun, Tania Leon, Arnold Dreyblatt, Charles Wuorinen, Eleanor Hovda, Glenn Branca, and Evan Ziporyn. As conductor, he has conducted works by the likes of Pierre Boulez, Charles Wuorinen, Zhou Long and 'New-Complexitist' James Boros.

As percussionist, he performs with the Violinist Lydia Forbes in the violin/percussion duo Entropy, which has played throughout America and the Netherlands, most recently giving a recital at Princeton University. He has performed regularly with the Elliott Sharp's 'Orchestra Carbon,' Princeton Composers Ensemble, the Ne(x)tworks Ensemble, the Common Sense Composers Ensemble, the Mellits Consort, the Dan Joseph Ensemble, and the Bang On A Can Festival, as well as being a member of Bang On A Can's Spit Orchestra. He has performed world-wide, including at Mexico's Cervantino Festival with the New Music group Cuicani, at which he was invited to give a talk on Contemporary Percussion performance as part of the 'Confrencias Magistrales' lecture series. He has toured Israel as a guest of the Israel Contemporary Players, performing the Israeli premier of Iannis Xenakis' "Okho," and premiered music of Bun-Ching Lam at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. He was resident in Berlin, where he played music to accompany the premiere of John Jesurun's new production of "Chang in a Void Moon," and has performed throughout Europe and Russia with the groups Barbez, Rebecca Moore's Prevention of Blindness, and Guv'ner.

In the rock music sphere, he's played with Merge and Flying Nun recording artists The Mad Scene, Important Records recording artist Barbez, and Rebecca Moore's 'Prevention of Blindness', whose albums appear on both the Tzadik and Knitting Factory labels. He is also a member, along with Kitty Brazelton and Dafna Naphtali, of the Digital-Chamber-Punk trio "What Is It Like to Be a Bat," with whom he has performed as part of Newfoundland, Canada's 'Sound Symposium' Festival and at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, among other venues.

Within the 'jazzy realm', he is a member of the Laura Andel Creative Orchestra, and has performed with Craig Harris, Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, the Peter Zummo Group, and Lukas Ligeti, among others.

He received his BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied with William Winant and was awarded the Hertz traveling fellowship and the UC Regents Eisner Prize for the Creative Arts. He received an MM from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying under Raymond Des Roches.

OTHER ENSEMBLES:

Hated Principles, Stukas Over Bedrock, Wedge of Chastity, The Singing Nuns, Faun Fables, Guv'ner, Idiot Flesh, Ponyride, Flaming Fire, Rebecca Moore's Prevention of Blindness, Beat the Devil, Bee and Flower, H*E*R (Yvette Perez), Flower of Flesh and Blood, Cassis and the Sympathies, Dan Joseph Ensemble, Mellits Consort, Moe! Staiano, David First's The Western Enisphere."

-New Music USA (https://www.newmusicusa.org/profile/dannytunick/)
7/10/2024

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"A former journalist (Fuji Television Network Japan) with childhood piano training at Juilliard Pre-College and a stint as a Gulf War reporter on her résumé ('90-'91 working in Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia), Kyoko Kitamura is an oddball vocalist, composer and bandleader who has worked with many distinguished musicians including Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Steve Coleman, William Parker and Reggie Workman.

She is a featured vocalist on Anthony Braxton's opera Trillium J (New Braxton House 2015), 12 Duets (DCWM) 2012 (NBH 2014), Trillium E (NBH 2011, the first-ever studio-recording of an Anthony Braxton opera), and the Syntactical GTM Choir (NYC) 2011 (NBH 2012). Also known for her interdisciplinary projects, she released her first solo album Armadillo In Sunset Park in 2012, a collection of songs written for and choreographed by Mark Lamb Dance. She can also be heard on the critically acclaimed Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings release Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records 2009), Jamie Baum's Solace (Sunnyside Records 2008), and Steve Coleman's Lucidarium (Label Bleu 2004) among others.

She currently works with Anthony Braxton as a vocalist in his Tri-Centric Orchestra and as the Director of Communications for his Tri-Centric Foundation. She studies counterpoint and Schoenberg harmony with Paul Caputo.

As for her own current projects, she leads Tidepool Fauna (Ingrid Laubrock on sax, Ken Filiano on bass) and co-leads Armadillo In Sunset Park (collaborative project with dancers of Mark Lamb Dance).

Kitamura has garnered critical praise for her "great vocal range, veering from wordless vocalese to near operatic feats" (AllAboutJazz) and All Music Guide describes her as "an expressive vocalist who knows how to be quirky and eccentric but is also quite musical." Most recently, in a performance with the Anthony Braxton Trio at the Angel City Jazz Festival in L.A. (Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Kyoko Kitamura), Robert Bush of AllAboutJazz wrote, "Enough cannot be said about the stunning abilities of Ms. Kitamura-she functions at the highest instrumental level and was able to deal with pages of dense notation, acrobatic intervals and intricate layering with devastating surety." "

-Kyoko Kitamura Website (http://www.kyokokitamura.com/biography/)
7/10/2024

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"Stephanie Griffin is an innovative violist/composer based in New York City. She founded the Momenta Quartet in 2004, is a member of Ensemble Ipse and the Argento Chamber Ensemble, and has received prestigious composition fellowships from the Instituto Sacatar (Brazil), the Bronx Arts Council, the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She holds a doctorate from The Juilliard School and teaches at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges."

-New Music USA (https://www.newmusicusa.org/profile/stephaniegriffin/)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



SomnambulisT 46:06

In The Midst 4:22

Murmur 6:02

Related Categories of Interest:

NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
The Americas
Compositional Forms
Large Ensembles
Before April-2006

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