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strange forcesHCR03

Because of their age and their cultural ubiquity, brass instruments, more than most members of the Western orchestra, carry a host of cultural associations: angelic trumpets, royal fanfares, hunting calls, Last Posts and Louis Armstrong. No composer can be insensitive of that back story, yet it need not impose sterility of conservatism… Hübler opened up numerous possibilities in the controlled, structured parametrisation of instrumental practice.  This disc records a recent period of attention to virtuoso brass music, to which Cercar is an ancestor.

 

‘An excellent start to the HCR CD Project’ Classical CD Review. Full Review here.

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TRACKLISTING

1 Liza Lim: Wild Winged One

ELISION Ensemble | Tristram Williams trumpets

2 Richard Barrett: Aurora

ELISION Ensemble | Benjamin Marks alto trombone | Tristram Williams quarter-tone flugelhorn

3 Klaus K. Hübler: Cercar

ELISION Ensemble | Benjamin Marks trombone

4 Evan Johnson: Apostrophe 2 (pressing down on my sternum)

ELISION Ensemble | Benjamin Marks alto trombone | Tristram Williams quarter-tone flugelhorn

5 Aaron Cassidy: Because they mark the zone where the force is in the process of striking (or, Second Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion)

ELISION Ensemble | Benjamin Marks trombone

6 Aaron Cassidy: What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile (or, First Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion)

ELISION Ensemble | Tristram Williams trumpet

7 Timothy McCormack: Disfix

ELISION Ensemble | Richard Haynes bass clarinet | Benjamin Marks trombone | Tristram Williams piccolo trumpet

 

Cat# HCR03CD

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

As a solo clarinettist Richard Haynes has performed various concerti of the classical and contemporary repertoire with orchestras and ensembles. Alongside Mozart and Copland, works by Rankine, Scelsi, Smetanin, Westlake and Xenakis are cornerstones of his experience as a soloist. Richard performs regularly as a versatile clarinettist with ELISION Ensemble, Ensemble Garage, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble musikFabrik, Ensemble Praesenz, ensemble proton bern, Klangforum Wien, MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik and Stroma. With the symphony orchestras of the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg and WDR Cologne he has appeared as Guest Principal Clarinet and Guest Principal Bass Clarinet respectively. Important projects have been realised in collaboration with interdisciplinary arts organisations such as Aphids and not yet it's difficult (NYID). Richard Haynes' performances take place within the framework of international festivals and concert series, as well as events both boutique and high-calibre.

Benjamin Marks is a member of ELISION Ensemble and specialises in the performance of contemporary music, including collaborations with visual artists and free improvisation. With ELISION, Benjamin has been involved in many recording and performance projects, including the recent KAIROS release of chamber music by Brian Ferneyhough, a CD of solo and chamber music by Richard Barrett, Aaron Cassidy, Klaus K Hübler and Timothy McCormack on the CeReNeM label and HCR (Huddersfield Contemporary Records). In 2013 Benjamin gave the premiere of a triple concerto by Ann Cleare with the ITÉ Orchestra in Dublin, Ireland. Benjamin also performs with other Australian and international ensembles, including the Camerata of St John’s and the Queensland and Singapore symphony orchestras, and has been a guest performer at the Australian Chamber Music Festival and Bangalow Music Festival. His compositions have been premiered by the Libra Ensemble, Mark Knoop, Ensemble Offspring, ELISION (Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music) and the QCGU Brass Ensemble, with various pieces being broadcast on ABC Classic FM. He is currently teaching trombone, directing the brass ensemble and pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

Tristram Williams maintains a busy international career as a leading young soloist, ensemble musician, improvisor and educator. He has appeared as a soloist in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Britain, USA, Japan, China and many times around Australia, with orchestras such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta,  Het Brabants Orkest, the Queensland Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra,  Beethoven Academy Orchestra (Antwerp), Orchestra Victoria, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has been a guest of international Arts or Music Festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Berlin, Warsaw,  Huddersfield, Aix-en-Provence, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Canary Islands. Williams is particularly interested in new music, and has worked with composers including Karlheinz Stockhausen, James Dillon,  Richard Barrett, Liza Lim, James McMillan, Matthias Pinscher, Chris Dench, and John Rogers. He has had solo works composed for him by Liza Lim, James Dillon, Aaron Cassidy, David Chisholm, Evan Johnson and others. Williams has given Premieres in Australia of solo trumpet works by Stockhausen, Zimmermann, Carter, Eötvös,  HK Gruber, Lim and Robert Erikson, and as a member of the New Music Ensemble ELISION, many first performances including works by Ferneyhough, Lim, Barrett, and Dillon. Williams is also an avid improvisor, and has an electro-acoustic group, based at SIAL sound studios at RMIT, called DIODE.

 

RECORDING INFORMATION

Wild Winged One, Aurora, Cercar and Apostrophe 2 (pressing down on my sternum) were recorded at Sendesaal Radio Bremen, Germany on 3 September 2009 (Wild Winged One), 9 June 2010 (Aurora) and 4 September 2009 (Cercar and Apostrophe 2 (pressing down on my sternum)).

Because they mark the zone where the force is in the process of striking (or, Second Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion) and What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile (or, First Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion) were recorded at St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, on 26 November 2009.

Disfix was recorded at Hall Two, Kings Place London, on 8 February 2010.

Engineering                   Gisela Kniemeyer (Tracks 1-4), Aaron Cassidy (Tracks 5-6) and Bruno Silva (Track 7)

Editing                           Christine Potschkat (Tracks 1-4)

Mastering                      Christoph Romanowski

Recording producers     Renate Wolter-Seevers (Tracks 1-3-4), Fabian Frank (Track 2), Aaron Cassidy (Tracks 5-6) and Bruno Silva (Track 7)

Executive producer        Marita Emigholz RADIO BREMEN

 

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