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Where Freedom Rings: Compositions by Contemporary African American Composers


Release Date: 07/06/2018 
Label:  Cambria   Catalog #: 1238  
Composer:  TraditionalJoshua McGheeRegina Harris BaiocchiValerie Capers,   ... 
Performer:  LaDoris Hazzard CordellYolanda RhodesDouglas BrownJosephine Gandolfi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cambria Master Recordings is pleased to announce Where Freedom Rings - the title of AACI’s new album showcasing compositions by four contemporary African American composers: Regina Baiocchi, Valerie Capers, Joshua McGhee, and John Robinson. Included are new works by Valerie Capers: Ruby, a “docu-cycle” and two songs to texts of Abbey Lincoln; three new chamber works by Joshua McGhee; a new piano trio and newly arranged piano duets by John Robinson; and solo piano and vocal/chamber music by Regina Baiocchi. The works by Capers, McGhee, and Robinson are AACI commissions, new additions to the chamber music repertoire. Performers on the album are soprano Yolanda Rhodes, pianists Josephine Gandolfi, LaDoris Cordell, and Deanne Tucker, Picasso Read more Ensemble: violinist Susan C. Brown, cellist Victoria Ehrlich, pianist Josephine Gandolfi; flutist Stephanie McNab, bassoonist Douglas Brown, clarinetist Carol Somersille, trumpeter John Worley, trombonist John Monroe, bassist John Robinson, percussionist Jim Kassis, and vocalist LaDoris Cordell. The musicians are all members of the African American Composer Initiative (AACI), a group of classical and jazz singers and instrumentalists of the San Francisco Bay Area, and distinguished guest artists. AACI is dedicated to preserving the rich bounty of music by African American composers, historical and contemporary. Through live concerts of piano, vocal, and chamber music and an extensive website of video performances and publication information, AACI strives to increase awareness of this vast repertoire among the listening public and performing musicians alike, with the hope of sparking further explorations and performances. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Swing low, sweet chariot by Traditional
Performer:  LaDoris Hazzard Cordell (Piano)
2.
Variations on an African American Spiritual by Joshua McGhee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Where Freedom Rings by Joshua McGhee
Performer:  Yolanda Rhodes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Let God Bring Tomorrow by Joshua McGhee
Performer:  Douglas Brown (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Azuretta by Regina Harris Baiocchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Ruby by Valerie Capers
Performer:  Yolanda Rhodes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Bird Alone by Valerie Capers
Performer:  Yolanda Rhodes (Soprano), Josephine Gandolfi (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
8.
Rainbow by Valerie Capers
Performer:  Yolanda Rhodes (Soprano), Josephine Gandolfi (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
9.
Ella Scats the Little Lamb by Valerie Capers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
10.
Variations on a Theme of Valerie Capers by John Robinson
Performer:  LaDoris Hazzard Cordell (Piano), Josephine Gandolfi (Piano), Deanne Tucker (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
11.
Disco-cioso by John Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
12.
Hold Out for Joy by Regina Harris Baiocchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Picasso Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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