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Kuehn: Object/Shadow / Lewanski, Flexible Muisc, Ensamble Dal Niente

Release Date: 11/11/2016 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 160   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mikel Kuehn
Performer:  Gregory BeyerCraig HultgrenDaniel Lippel
Conductor:  Michael LewanskiMikel Kuehn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Dal NienteFlexible Music EnsembleBgsu Saxophone Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer Mikel Kuehn, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, carries the mantle of American high modernism forward with this debut full length release of his compositions. Kuehn's work draws influence from Babbitt, Carter, and Wolpe among others, as well as figures from other disciplines including Italo Calvino and Paul Klee. Heard here in performances by Chicago based Ensemble Dal Niente, Flexible Music, percussionist Gregory Beyer, guitarist Daniel Lippel, cellist Craig Hultgren, and Bowling Green's Saxophone Ensemble, and with in depth liner notes by flutist/composer/new music eminence Harvey Sollberger, Kuehn's music represents the apex of compositional craft, prioritizing the kind of depth that rewards repeated listening.. Noted for its Read more presentation of “bracing sonic adventures” Ensemble Dal Niente aims to drive musical discourse with adventurous projects that exhibit an ambitious range of aesthetic values tied to contemporary life and culture. Recent projects include a collaboration with Deerhoof and Marcos Balter, an East Coast tour of German music, and recordings of works by George Lewis. New Music Quartet Flexible Music formed in 2003 and has since been devoted to expanding the repertoire for their uncommon instrumentation. The group can be heard on several New Focus releases, as well as on recordings on Albany and Centaur. Read less

Works on This Recording

Undercurrents, for 14 instruments by Mikel Kuehn
Conductor:  Michael Lewanski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Dal Niente
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013 
Length: 14 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Devouring Time, for marimba by Mikel Kuehn
Performer:  Gregory Beyer (Marimba)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Chiaroscuro, for cello & live interactive electroacoustics by Mikel Kuehn
Performer:  Craig Hultgren (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Color Fields, for tenor saxophone, vibraphone, guitar & piano by Mikel Kuehn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Objet/Ombre, for 12 saxophones & electro-acoustics ("Hyperresonance III") by Mikel Kuehn
Conductor:  Mikel Kuehn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bgsu Saxophone Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2008 
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Unfoldings, for guitar by Mikel Kuehn
Performer:  Daniel Lippel (Guitar)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Between the Lynes, for flute, cello & piano by Mikel Kuehn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Dal Niente
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1994 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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