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26 / Waltras


Release Date: 01/27/2017 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 70007  
Composer:  Atar AradMelia WatrasGarth KnoxRichard Karpen
Performer:  Melia WatrasAtar AradMichael Jinsoo LimGarth Knox
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"26 centers around the concept of violists performing and sharing their own compositions. As a violist/composer, I am inspired by the legacy of others who have picked up both bow and pen to create music. 26 was my way of gathering some of my favorite musicians who share a love of the viola, and a love for the new. This album features performances and works by violists Atar Arad, Garth Knox, and myself. Our trio of violists/composers is joined by composer Richard Karpen and violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim. The title of the recording comes from the number of strings on the instruments used: four strings each for the violas of Arad and myself and Lim’s violin; and 14 strings (seven playing and seven sympathetic) for Knox’s viola d’amore. As Read more a student of Atar Arad’s, I had the opportunity to experience his artistry through his teaching, viola playing and his compositions. It was, indeed, Atar’s example that helped lead me to composing myself, along with the experiences culled from my performing career filled with new music and improvisation. I first got to know Garth Knox as an admirer of his work as violist of the Arditti Quartet. I have since had the good fortune to perform with him on a number of occasions, and to get to know him as a composer. Richard Karpen’s sense of experimentation was one of the initial draws for me to join the faculty at the University of Washington, where I am very happy to be his colleague. Michael Jinsoo Lim has been my partner in crime since we met in college. As co-founders of the Corigliano Quartet and members of Frequency, Mike is the musician I most often perform with." - Melia Watras Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toccatina a la Turk by Atar Arad
Performer:  Melia Watras (Viola), Atar Arad (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Liquid Voices by Melia Watras
Performer:  Melia Watras (Viola), Michael Jinsoo Lim (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
3.
Stranger by Garth Knox
Performer:  Melia Watras (Viola), Garth Knox (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: UK 
4.
Prelude by Melia Watras
Performer:  Atar Arad (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Luminous Points by Melia Watras
Performer:  Michael Jinsoo Lim (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Esther by Atar Arad
Performer:  Melia Watras (Viola), Atar Arad (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Sonata for Viola Solo by Melia Watras
Performer:  Melia Watras (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
8.
Photo by Mikel by Melia Watras
Performer:  Melia Watras (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
9.
Bicinium by Richard Karpen
Performer:  Melia Watras (Viola), Michael Jinsoo Lim (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 

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