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Timbre Hollow / Threnody Ensemble

Release Date: 07/25/2000 
Label:  New Albion   Catalog #: 109   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Various
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Threnody Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Timbre Hollow" is the debut album by Threnody Ensemble -- a new chamber group founded by guitarists Erik Hoversten (formerly of A Minor Forest), Dave Cerf and Dominique Davison. Incorporating into their compositions elements of improvisation, what is most striking about these pieces is Threnody Ensemble's use of non-Western instrumentation and techniques (hocketing, droning, etc.) in combination with more typical chamber instruments: Indian, Indonesian, and Cuban elements are all apparent but not overt. The effect is to complicate ideas of musical identity and authenticity, to discomfit lazy 'classical vs. folk' distinctions. But above all, the use of steel-stringed acoustic guitars and cello, with a variety of instrumental Read more guests, creates a shimmering soundfield that is at once beyond instrumentalist ego and at home on the concert stage -- chamber music in the new era.

Threnody Ensemble's core members come from diverse music backgrounds, though all were at one time or another heavily involved in the independent rock world. Erik Hoversten studied ethnomusicology and composition at UC Berkeley and founded the noted San Francisco avant-rock band A Minor Forest (Thrill Jockey). Dave Cerf studied non-Western musics at Cal Arts and was a member of the Washington, DC, based group Lorelei. Cellist Dominique Davison, also of A Minor Forest, has performed orchestral music since childhood and currently plays in the New York band 33.3.

Track List

1. ThaRoman (formerly Valerie White) Part I 4:17
2. ThaRoman (formerly Valerie White) Part II 6:45
3. ThaRoman (formerly Valerie White) Part III 12:23
4. Somewhere Near Denton 6:25
5. The Machine 11:05
6. Tension as Opposed to Tension 14:49

Total: 55:58
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Works on This Recording

Work(s) by Various
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Threnody Ensemble

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