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Simple Songs / Douglas Perkins

Perich / Sievers / Lang / Gordon / Davis
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 126   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Nathan DavisTristan PerichBeau SieversDavid Lang,   ... 
Performer:  Doug Perkins
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Doug Perkins’s “Simple Songs” on New Focus represents his solo debut recording, and is a wonderful document of the dynamism that exists in the constantly growing percussion repertoire. Praised as a “percussion virtuoso” by the New York Times, Doug has assembled a kaleidoscopic collection of works for solo percussion, focusing on the extremes of virtuosity on one hand and percussion music's penchant for the art of tinkering on the other. From the haunting meditation of vibraphone and one-bit music in Tristan Perich’s Momentary Expanse to the quirky noises of David Lang’s Unchained Melody, and ending with Michael Gordon’s monolithic XY, the range of the record is reflective of the vast scope of interests captivating the contemporary Read more percussionist.

R E V I E W S:

...the meat of the disc is XY by Michael Gordon. For five tuned drums, XY demands extreme polyrhythmic precision, but Perkins also brings the piece a profound musicianship, taking what could have been a lesson in arithmetic and instead creating an emotional experience. The drums sing, moan – even howl, as their reverberating overtones gradually come to the fore. Simple Songs may be as concise as its title implies, but it is nevertheless a satisfying listen on every conceivable level.

-- Daniel Stephen Johnson, Q2 Read less

Works on This Recording

Simple Songs of Birth and Return: A Tale Begun by Nathan Davis
Performer:  Doug Perkins (Percussion)
Simple Songs of Birth and Return: Two Shadows by Nathan Davis
Performer:  Doug Perkins (Percussion)
Momentary Expanse by Tristan Perich
Performer:  Doug Perkins (Percussion)
Spatial Network for Percussion by Beau Sievers
Performer:  Doug Perkins (Percussion)
Unchained Melody by David Lang
Performer:  Doug Perkins (Percussion)
XY by Michael Gordon
Performer:  Doug Perkins (Percussion)

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