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Frey, Jurg

120 Pieces of Sound

Frey, Jurg : 120 Pieces of Sound (elsewhere)

Two distinct works by Swiss composer and bass clarinetist Jurg Frey: the 1st, recorded in Connecticut, a quintet composition from 2009 for bass clarinet, cello, violin, keyboard and electric guitar, Frey's harmonies creating an open instrumentation for the clarinet and cello; the second a 1997 composition for multitimbral field recordings and bass clarinet.
 

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Label: elsewhere
Catalog ID: elsewhere 003
Squidco Product Code: 26667

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Track 1 recorded at Wesleyan University, IN Middletown, Connecticut, on November 10th, 2017.

Track 2 recorded at Tonlabor, in Bern, Switzerland, in December, 2012.


Personnel:

Jurg Frey-composer, bass clarinet, field recordings

Ordinary Affects-ensemble

Laura Cetilia-cello

Morgan Evans-Weiler-violin

J.P.A. Falzone-keyboard

Luke Martin-electric guitar

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"Jürg Frey was born in 1953 in Aarau, Switzerland. Following his musical education at the Concervatoire de Musique de Genève, he turned to a career as a clarinetist, but his activities as composer soon came to the foreground. Frey developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. His work is marked by an elementary non-extravagence of sound, a sensibilty for the qualities of the material, and precision of compositional approach. His compositions sometimes bypass instrumentation and duration altogether and touch on aspects of sound art. He has worked with compositional series, as well as with language and text. Some of these activities appear in small editions or as artist's books as individual items and small editions (Edition Howeg, Zurich; weiss kunstbewegung, Berlin; complice, Berlin). His music and recordings are published by Edition Wandelweiser. Frey has been invited to workshops as visiting composer and for composer portraits at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Universität Dortmund and several times at Northwestern University and CalArts. Some of the other places his work has developed are the concerts at the Kunstraum Düsseldorf, the Wandelweiser-in-Residence-Veranstaltungen in Vienna, the Ny music concerts in Boras (Sweden), the cooperation with Cologne pianist John McAlpine, the Bozzini Quartet (Montréal), QO-2 (Bruxelles), Die Maulwerker, incidental music, as well as the regular stays in Berlin (where during the last years many of his compositions were premiered). Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble which has presented concerts for more than 15 years in Europe, North America and Japan. Frey also organizes the concert series moments musicaux aarau as a forum for contemporary music."

-Other Minds (http://www.otherminds.org/shtml/Frey.shtml)
12/12/2018

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"Cellist and electronic musician Laura Cetilia is a performer, composer, educator, and presenter. A daughter of mixed heritage, she is at home with in-betweeness. As a composer, her music has been described as "unorthodox loveliness" by the Boston Globe and and her debut solo album was hailed as "alternately penetrating and atmospheric" in Sequenza 21. The Grove Dictionary of American Music describes her electroacoustic duo Mem1 as a "complex cybernetic entity" that "understands its music as a feedback loop between the past and present." Mem1 has held artist residencies and toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. In her viola/cello duo, Suna No Onna, she has worked closely with and premiered works by composers André Cormier, Jürg Frey and Antoine Beuger, among others. As a product of the now-dwindling public school music program, Laura believes in the right to accessible music education and is a Resident Musician at Community MusicWorks, a non-profit organization that provides free after-school music education programs for children in urban neighborhoods of Providence, RI. There she teaches cello, is co-director of the media lab and the curator of the Ars Subtilior experimental music series. She is also a proud mother of one."

-Laura Cetilia Website (http://laura.cetilia.org/about/)
12/12/2018

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"Morgan Evans-Weiler, violinist, composer, improviser and teacher, is currently living in the Boston area working as a freelance musician and teacher.

He completed his bachelor's degree at Western Michigan University with a double degree in Music Composition and Performance studying with Renata Knific, Richard Adams, and Curtis-Curtis Smith. He studied violin further with Laura Bossert and jazz with Peter Cassino in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently he studies composition, theory, musicology, history and just about everything else with Peter Evans.

While in Michigan, he co-founded, performed with, and composed for the Nuevo tango band Barefoot Tango and the songwriting collective Blackwater Valley Songs. He also performed with the Traverse City and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras, and the annual New Music Project. While in the Boston area, he has performed with the Modern American Music String Quartet, Longitude and various jazz and free-jazz groups. He has played in and composed music for performances at The Regattabar, Lilypad, and Pickman Hall (Longy School of Music) in Cambridge, as well as numerous halls and art spaces throughout Michigan.

Recently, he performed a full concert of music at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The concert included performances of several of Morgan's new works as well as performances of the works of Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Steve Reich and Ornette Coleman.

He continues to compose and perform in the Boston area."

-Morgan Evans-Weiler Website (https://morganevansweiler.wordpress.com/about/)
12/12/2018

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"J.P.A. Falzone is a keyboard player and vibraphonist, a composer and song writer. He is the coordinator of Providence Research Ensemble and Providence Keyboard Ensemble."

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"Luke Martin is an experimental composer, musician, and poet currently living in Allston, MA (Boston). His work focuses on the concepts of silence, blandness, and community and is primarily interested in exploring the limits of perception. More specifically, he is interested in the combined use of poetry notation and graphic notation, silence and sound, and listening and active sound-making, as equally considered elements in the compositional practice; for instance, the composer's task is not only to consider the parameters of determined sound making, but also - particularly - the parameters of how we listen, and how we may interact with and frame silence. The composer, then, seeks to create situations of possible events which the audience, performer(s), and composer may experience concurrently. Further, it is essential to critically consider the hierarchical roles and power relations at work between composer, performer(s), and audience; or in other words, the nature of the political/social significance of that situation. In short, the composer is not simply someone who composes a musical performance, but rather someone who composes a social situation in which there is, regardless of their desire or intent, sound. Recently inspired by David Dunn's notations for listening and Lasse Thoresen's spectromorphological analysis of electronic music and sound, Luke is developing a notation for the performance and analysis of silence (i.e., incidental sounds, contingency).

Among his many influences, Luke is inspired by the work of Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Peter Ablinger, Deleuze and Guattari, Joseph Beuys, the Wandelweiser Collective, and Christian Bok. Luke performs (and has performed) with various groups on no-input mixer, guitar, objects, and other various odds-and-ends including sinecure (Andy Young, Ben Levinson, Isaac Aronson), Variant State (Michael Rosenstein, Howard Martin, Jesse Collins, Chris Johnson), DogStar Orchestra (large ensemble of experimental musicians led by Michael Pisaro), Ordinary Affects (ensemble of experimental musicians, led by Morgan Evans-Weiler), ample parking (trio with John Pax and James Bean), The Readers Chorus LA (a reading group led by Sara Roberts and Jordan Biren), and others. He has an M.F.A. in music composition from California Institute of the Arts, studying with Michael Pisaro, and a B.A. in English and Music from Colby College (magna cum laude, honors in music composition/theory).

Having recently relocated from Los Angeles to Boston, Luke spends his time composing, performing, writing, and working as the grant writer for Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles, CA) and The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale (Hanover, NH), in addition to being the operational assistant for Boston-based experimental music organization Non-Event (Boston, MA) and an associate producer at the Ojai Music Festival (Ojai, CA). Of particular note is his new experimental music residency: co-incidence, an experimental music residency. Developed with Aaron Foster Bresley, this program will have its first season in January 2017, hosted by Non-Event and Washington St. Gallery, in Somerville (Boston), MA. This project is based on an expanded view of what constitutes art, music, and the traditional concert. Following the example of the revolutionary arts community Black Mountain College, it will bring together a group of radical artists operating in the boundary-zones of their practice(s) to take part in a residency curated as 'social scultpure.' Attending will be Co-Directors Luke Martin and Aaron Foster Bresley, Resident Artist Michael Pisaro, and six Guest Artists chosen from a domestic and international pool of applicants (it is also fully open to the public).

On January 8, 2016, Luke released "residues," a CD of graphic score string quartets on FWD: rcrds; on December 7, 2016 he will be releasing a 72-minute piece on Edition Wandelweiser Records; and he has two more projects in the mixing stages, a 3-disc collection of noise and poetry/spoken works, to be released in Spring 2017, and a 72 min piece for solo trumpet to be released in Fall 2017.

Luke is from Massachusetts, has spent and continues to spend time in Maine with family and friends, has lived in L.A. studying and making music for the past couple years, and is currently residing in Boston, MA. He loves playing cribbage and is a sucker for superhero movies and mint chocolate chip ice cream. At one point in his life, he was a top-ranked junior tennis player and a head tennis professional on Cape Cod."

-Luke Martin Website (http://www.lukecmartin.com/about.html)
12/12/2018

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track listing:


1. 60 Pieces Of Sound 32:00

2. L'ame Est Sans Retenue II 40:03
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"Jurg Frey's unique compositional approach places him at the cutting edge of contemporary classical music while simultaneously maintaining a touch of impressionisticomantic aesthetics in its roots.

The album 120 Pieces of Sound contains two of Frey's significant compositions: "60 Pieces of Sound" (2009) and "L'ame est sans retenue II" (1997-2000). Frey and the Boston-based ensemble Ordinary Affects (Laura Cetilia, Morgan Evans-Weiler, J.P.A. Falzone, Luke Martin) performed and recorded "60 Pieces of Sound" in New England in 2017, in which Frey's clarinet and Cetilia's cello played the pitches in the two-part melody written in the score, while the rest played the open instrumentation part with undetermined sounds. The resulting music was a unique series of harmonies created by open instrumental sounds with a faintly recognizable melody hidden in the core of the ensemble's evenly tempered sounds. The impressions of the chords move along at the edge of consonance and dissonance with the afterglows of each chord in the subsequent silence, hovering somewhere between meditative calmness and disquieting shadow, while bringing an organic warmth and a feeling of breathableopen air into a minimal musical structure.

"L'ame est sans retenue II" was written for field recordings and bass clarinet. Frey first edited the field recording parts from the materials he recorded in Berlin in 1997, and later added his bass clarinet sound with a certain pitch as an underlying tone that would blend with the field recordings. Frey's bass clarinet is discreet and almost unrecognizable, often hidden under the complex layers of the field recordings, and yet clarifying the harmonization of the field recordings from inside.

Presenting these two pieces "60 Pieces of Sound" and "L'ame est sans retenue II" back to back on this album brings out the fundamental aesthetic of Frey's compositions in regards to how he approaches the 'harmonization' and 'openness' of the music."-elsewhere

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