Maya Beiser has performed and premiering modern works for the cello across four continents since the early 1990s. Composers as diverse as Steve Reich, John Zorn and Tan Dun have written works especially for her, and she has been a consistent member of Bang On A Can All-Stars ensemble. Beiser has tremendous technique--she is at ease with Haydn as with Meredith Monk--and a soulful, passionate approach that never allows even the most "austere-sounding" work lapse into sterility. Here, she presents an eclectic yet unified program of pieces written by composers touched by ethnic/traditional folk music, many of whom are performers themselves. "Khse Buon," by Cambodian-American Chinary Ung, is a heartbreaking threnody drawing upon CambodianRead more folk motifs, modality, sustained drones and microtonality, evoking the deep spirituality of John Tavener and Arvo Pärt without ever sounding like either. Palestine-born Simon Shaheen (a frequent collaborator of Bill Laswell) contributes the exhilarating "Samai Nahawand," which (without resorting to mere pastiche) shows the common ground shared (rhythmically and melodically) by European and Arabic classical music, Indian raga and Gypsy/Rom folk melodies. This album is virtually solo cello (unaccompanied as well as multi-tracked), with accompaniment on two tracks by Simon Shaheen (oud) and Glen Velez (frame drum). This "minimal" approach--along with the emotive yet subtle performance of Beiser, of course--gives the superb KINSHIP its axis, the focal point that shapes a cohesive listening experience. REVIEWS: Newsday (5/28/00, p.24) - "...KINSHIP is remarkably free of cuddly sentiments or anodynes about global healing...Beiser plays these disparate pieces with an unmistakably urban blend of lyricism and aggressiveness..." Read less
Works on This Recording
Trayra Boiaby Nana Vasconcelos Performer:
Maya Beiser (Voice),
Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century Written: Brazil Date of Recording: 10/1999 Venue: Master Sound Astoria Studios, NYC Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs.
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