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Biggs: Decade Zero

Biggs / White / Salguero
Release Date: 11/10/2017 
Label:  Ravello   Catalog #: 7976  
Composer:  Christopher Biggs
Performer:  Zachary BoytChristopher BiggsAlex SellersLin Foulk,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass QuintetSPLICE Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

New from Ravello Records is DECADE ZERO, a compilation of works for instruments and electronics by Christopher Biggs. The works integrate traditional instruments with live electronic processing and sound files. Biggs’ compositions focus on environmental, political, and scientific extra-musical concepts relevant to today’s world. Featuring the Western Brass Quintet, the title track, Decade Zero explores the last period in time when humanity can take decisive action to combat climate change without facing irrevocable changes to our world. Externalities, for amplified cello and electronics, balances a consumer attempting to minimize the negative outcomes of their consumption choices while reflecting on participatory economics. Amass, for Read more clarinet and electronics, has origins in the Arab Spring movement and Occupy Wall Street. It reflects on contemporary society’s desire for meaningful change through continuous stratifying and blending of music. Biggs’ more abstract works, such as the Decoherence for trumpet and electronics, refer to concepts of quantum physics, and Recombinant Serenade features variations on the “Prologue” from Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings. The common themes between these works include the anxieties of decision-making, often represented with instrumental parts, and the range of resulting consequences, generally represented by the electronics. Biggs’ striking electro-acoustic works lend these ideas a startling immediacy by creating compelling music that will intrigue and thrill listeners. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Decade Zero by Christopher Biggs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Externalities by Christopher Biggs
Performer:  Zachary Boyt (Cello), Christopher Biggs (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Promethea by Christopher Biggs
Performer:  Alex Sellers (Alto Saxophone), Christopher Biggs (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
A Letter to the Moon by Christopher Biggs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  SPLICE Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Recombinant Serenade by Christopher Biggs
Performer:  Lin Foulk (French Horn), Christopher Biggs (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Decoherence by Christopher Biggs
Performer:  Samuel Wells (Trumpet), Christopher Biggs (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Amass by Christopher Biggs
Performer:  Mauricio Salguero (Clarinet), Christopher Biggs (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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