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Reich, Harrison, Whitacre, Tywoniuk, Ravel / Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

Reich / Smoke & Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Yarlung Records   Catalog #: 87598   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Steve ReichLou HarrisonEric WhitacreDerek Tywoniuk,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In Music for Pieces of Wood, Joe Beribak, sitting in the center of a semicircle, begins to strike the first pattern. Joe will maintain this pattern, unflinchingly, for the entire duration of the piece. Katy, Jessica, Derek and Eddie contribute all of the sinuous and minimalist variation which they weave into filaments of sound and rhythm as if all five musicians were one person. Smoke & Mirrors takes us on many journeys in this album. These are refreshingly fully-developed works, each very different from the others, each with its own story. As a whole, these pieces illustrate the breadth of contemporary classical music written for percussionists, as well as the flexibility and virtuosity of Smoke & Mirrors. World class and Read more sophisticated as this ensemble is, these musicians retain and communicate the sheer joy we experienced when banging pots and pans as two-, and three-year olds. Do you remember your own pleasure making a racket as a kid? Smoke & Mirrors: Katalin La Favre, Jessica Cameron, Joe Beribak, Edward Hong and Derek Tywoniuk have never forgotten it. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
2.
Music for Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
3.
Canticle no 3 by Lou Harrison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941/1989; USA 
4.
Sleep by Eric Whitacre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
5.
Happenstance by Derek Tywoniuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
6.
Rain Tree by Toru Takemitsu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Japan 
7.
Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smoke And Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 

Sound Samples

Nagoya Marimbas
Music for Pieces of Wood
Canticle No. 3
Sleep (arr. E. Hong)
Happenstance: I. Introduction
Happenstance: II. Hymn
Happenstance: III. Meditation
Happenstance: IV. On the Road
Ame no ki (Rain Tree)
Sonatine (arr. D. Tywoniuk): I. Modere
Sonatine (arr. D. Tywoniuk): II. Mouvement de Menuet
Sonatine (arr. D. Tywoniuk): III. Anime

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