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Flexible Music

Andriessen / Muhly / Huebner / Ruedeman / Lippel
Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 105  
Composer:  Louis AndriessenJohn LinkNico MuhlyRyan Streber,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...fascinating textural, rhythmic, and colouristic terrain. The results are varied and vital, a feast of intimate musical possibilities. The members of Flexible Music are undaunted by the repertoire's formidable demands. Haruka Fujii (percussion), Eric Huebner (piano), Timothy Ruedeman (saxophones), and Daniel Lippel (guitars) appear to relish the sense of discovery that these composers have invested in their captivating creations." -- Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone [August 2009]

"This is the path the members of Flexible Music, a young and vigorous New York City-based quartet, have chosen for themselves. Aggressiveness, virtuosity, and seamless ensemble playing are obviously Flexible Music hallmarks, and these
Read more strengths are revealed immediately with a blistering account of Louis Andriessen's Hout, the piece that one imagines was the catalyst that brought the quartet together. It's a relentless piece, beginning with what seems like a never-ending canon at the 16th note. From there, the work never really lets the ensemble take a breath, but the players of Flexible Music handle the music's technical and ensemble demands so well that they seem like the musical equivalent of deep sea pearl divers. -- Brian Sacawa, New Music Box [August 2009]

New York based new music quartet Flexible Music was formed in 2002 inspired by the instrumentation of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s iconic post-minimalist canon, Hout. Since then, the ensemble has commissioned over thirty new works for its versatile instrumentation of saxophone, piano, guitar, and percussion, and has developed a sound which references the rhythmic energy of popular music and jazz while still retain the structural integrity of meticulously composed concert music. Flexible Music’s members are four of the most active young musicians in New York’s ever growing contemporary music scene, having performed together and individually nationally and internationally.
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Works on This Recording

1. Hout by Louis Andriessen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; Netherlands (Holland 
2. Around the Bend by John Link
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006 
3. Flexible Music by Nico Muhly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
4. Closing Time by Ryan Streber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002/2004 
5. Sustenance Variations, for saxophone, guitar, piano & percussion by Orianna Webb
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music
Written: 2004 
6. Throw Down or Shut Up by Vineet Shende
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music
Written: 2006 

Sound Samples

Hout
Flexible Music
Around the Bend
Closing Time
Sustenance Variations
Throw Down or Shut Up

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