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Wanamaker: Light & Shadows, Waves & Time


Release Date: 04/13/2018 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6154  
Composer:  Gregory Wanamaker
Performer:  Casey GrevRobert YoungJohn GeggieHoward M. Maxwell,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akropolis Reed QuintetDuo Entrè-NousEos Sextet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An exploration of the unique timbral characteristics and technical extensions of wind instruments, Gregory Wanamaker’s LIGHT AND SHADOWS, WAVES AND TIME is comprised of eight compositions that collectively illustrate the composer’s ability to integrate various genre influences into a distinctive whole. His music has been lauded as “pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “achingly beautiful” by the Palm Beach Daily News. The album’s first track, “des ondes et les temps,” which translates to “of waves and time,” explores the saxophone’s full range of possibilities. A solo piece performed by Casey Grev, “des ondes et les temps” waxes and wanes and rises and falls. Wanamaker expands to a quartet Read more setting for “…unsettled, unphased…,” whose rhythmic roots can be found in genres ranging from Eastern European folk and dance music to jazz and progressive rock. The somber, poignant “Elegy,” written for and performed by the Akropolis Reed Quintet, was originally composed in memory of those who died in the September 11 attacks, while the virtuosic musical fantasy, “Ragahoro Breakdown” intricately weaves elements of North Indian Raga with characteristics of a Bulgarian Horo and subtle hints of American folk music. The track that represents the second half of the album’s title is a sonata in two contrasting movements, the first a quiet nocturne, the second its polar opposite, each exploring the extended timbres of the saxophone and extreme ranges of the piano, while the dynamic “Out of Mind, Into Body” travels a similar path taken by John Friedrich’s solo bass clarinet. While less than two minutes in length, the spirited “Counterpunch” effectively alternates elements of driving American-style minimalist with a fusion of jazz and funk. The album concludes with a concrète version of its opening track, transforming it into the form of experimental music in which sound identities are intentionally manipulated to appear unconnected to their source, creating an ambient, layered soundscape. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Des Ondes et Les Temps by Gregory Wanamaker
Performer:  Casey Grev (Saxophone)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
... Unsettled, Unphased ... by Gregory Wanamaker
Performer:  Robert Young (Saxophone), John Geggie (Double Bass), Howard M. Maxwell (Piano),
Tim Sullivan (Drums)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Elegy by Gregory Wanamaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akropolis Reed Quintet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Ragahoro Breakdown by Gregory Wanamaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Entrè-Nous
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Of Light and Shadows by Gregory Wanamaker
Performer:  Stephen Page (Saxophone), Liz Ames (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Out of Mind, Into Body by Gregory Wanamaker
Performer:  John Friedrichs (Clarinet)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Counterpunch by Gregory Wanamaker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eos Sextet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
8.
Des Ondes et Les Temps by Gregory Wanamaker
Performer:  Casey Grev (Saxophone)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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