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Kinship / Maya Beiser


Release Date: 05/23/2000 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7464   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nana VasconcelosAnonymousSimon ShaheenGlen Velez,   ... 
Performer:  Maya BeiserGlen VelezSimon Shaheen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maya Beiser has performed and premiering modern works for the cello across four continents since the early 1990s. Composers as diverse as Steve Reich, John Zorn and Tan Dun have written works especially for her, and she has been a consistent member of Bang On A Can All-Stars ensemble. Beiser has tremendous technique--she is at ease with Haydn as with Meredith Monk--and a soulful, passionate approach that never allows even the most "austere-sounding" work lapse into sterility.
Here, she presents an eclectic yet unified program of pieces written by composers touched by ethnic/traditional folk music, many of whom are performers themselves. "Khse Buon," by Cambodian-American Chinary Ung, is a heartbreaking threnody drawing upon Cambodian
Read more folk motifs, modality, sustained drones and microtonality, evoking the deep spirituality of John Tavener and Arvo Pärt without ever sounding like either. Palestine-born Simon Shaheen (a frequent collaborator of Bill Laswell) contributes the exhilarating "Samai Nahawand," which (without resorting to mere pastiche) shows the common ground shared (rhythmically and melodically) by European and Arabic classical music, Indian raga and Gypsy/Rom folk melodies.
This album is virtually solo cello (unaccompanied as well as multi-tracked), with accompaniment on two tracks by Simon Shaheen (oud) and Glen Velez (frame drum). This "minimal" approach--along with the emotive yet subtle performance of Beiser, of course--gives the superb KINSHIP its axis, the focal point that shapes a cohesive listening experience.
REVIEWS:
Newsday (5/28/00, p.24) - "...KINSHIP is remarkably free of cuddly sentiments or anodynes about global healing...Beiser plays these disparate pieces with an unmistakably urban blend of lyricism and aggressiveness..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trayra Boia by Nana Vasconcelos
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Voice), Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Master Sound Astoria Studios, NYC 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2. Tsmindao Ghmerto by Anonymous
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello), Maya Beiser (Voice)
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Master Sound Astoria Studios, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Evan Ziporyn 
3. Samai Nahawand by Simon Shaheen
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello), Glen Velez (Percussion), Simon Shaheen (Oud)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Master Sound Astoria Studios, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4. Kinship by Glen Velez
Performer:  Glen Velez (Percussion), Maya Beiser (Cello), Maya Beiser (Voice),
Glen Velez (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Master Sound Astoria Studios, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5. Khse Buon for Cello solo by Chinary Ung
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Master Sound Astoria Studios, NYC 
Length: 17 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6. Kebyar Maya by Evan Ziporyn
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Master Sound Astoria Studios, NYC 
Length: 13 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7. Desert Mist by Simon Shaheen
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Master Sound Astoria Studios, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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