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From The Left Edge - Hartke, Knoles, Dresher, Et Al / Ray


Release Date: 11/16/1999 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 830   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stephen HartkeAmy KnolesPaul DresherArthur Jarvinen,   ... 
Performer:  Vicki RayAmy KnolesShaun Naidoo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pianist Vicki Ray performs avant-garde piano works with success that hinges on her vibrant style. She plays with gusto, exuberance and humor, making the most of these post-modern compositions.
A definite Asian influence pervades FROM THE LEFT EDGE, Los Angeles-based Ray's collection of new music from Californian composers. However, the novelty of the recording comes from unique and adventurous ideas of how a piano can sound.
A particularly interesting composition, Amy Knoles' "Belgo," involves sampled spoken text and birdcalls. Building from these simple motifs, the piece culminates in a frenzied drumming, incorporating every part of the piano. Stephen Hartke's Sonata is structured in a fairly classical manner, but takes a distinct,
Read more syncopated, playful step beyond the traditional.
These works shake a listener's way of thinking. Bringing fresh air to the concert hall, FROM THE LEFT EDGE is invigorating throughout. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano by Stephen Hartke
Performer:  Vicki Ray (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Studio A, Abell Pianos, Los Angeles 
Length: 14 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2. Belgo by Amy Knoles
Performer:  Vicki Ray (Piano), Amy Knoles (Tapes)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Studio A, Abell Pianos, Los Angeles 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection also features a sample tape of text, bird calls and percussion. 
3. Blue Diamonds by Paul Dresher
Performer:  Vicki Ray (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Studio A, Abell Pianos, Los Angeles 
Length: 17 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4. The Meaning of the Treat by Arthur Jarvinen
Performer:  Vicki Ray (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Studio A, Abell Pianos, Los Angeles 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5. Pilgrimage by Donald Crockett
Performer:  Vicki Ray (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Studio A, Abell Pianos, Los Angeles 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6. Bad Times Coming by Shaun Naidoo
Performer:  Vicki Ray (Piano), Shaun Naidoo (Tapes)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; South Africa 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Studio A, Abell Pianos, Los Angeles 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This selection also features a sample tape made using factory presets on a Roland JV1080 synthesizer module. 

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