SoundBoard: New works for harp guitar duet
The harp and guitar; two instruments alike in sound, technique, and timbre yet unexplored as a formal ensemble. With the support of the City of Chicago's DCASE Individual Artist Program, myself and fellow string plucker, Jesse Langen, are thrilled to commission new works from Drew Baker, Fred Gifford, Tomás Gueglio, and Kasia Szczech. Check back soon for project updates.
Sommeil features original transcriptions of works for guitar by Astor Piazzolla, Carlo Domeniconi, and Leo Brouwer and showcases the culmination of a two-year collaboration with visual artist, Liz Albertson who created original artworks inspired by each of Gustavo Leone’s evocative Five Preludes for Harp. The album presents each of the five paintings alongside the music.
"The paintings are built around chance and accidents. Watered-down paint is poured and agitated to distribute it to different parts of the canvas. Sponges and towels cage the wash temporarily, causing a back-up of pigment, and more agitation. As the water starts to evaporate, patterns and textures are created as a result of the agitation. The paint is left as a record of where the water laid. " - Liz Albertson, Artist
HOT - Ryan Muncy
One of Alex Ross's 100 Notable Recordings and Performances of 2013 in the New Yorker. Featured on Anthony Cheung's Refrain from Riffing. Recorded for New Focus.