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Feller: X/Winds

Release Date: 02/17/2017 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 911  
Composer:  Ross Feller
Performer:  Ross FellerAdam TendlerPeter EvansTed Gurch,   ... 
Conductor:  Timothy WeissMichael Rosen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Contemporary Music EnsembleOberlin Percussion GroupOberlin Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer Ross Feller's X/Winds contains multitudes. The work on this album is characterized by raw, ecstatic layers of material that percolate with refined, virtuosic gestures. Feller lets the contradictions in these elements animate the music, their clashes generating the energy of the pieces. Throughout, there is an emphasis on a deep-seated sense of resonance, and tactile and physical attributes of sound as they are experienced. This is muscular Modernism at its most immediate and urgent, in the grand tradition of Charles Ives and Henry Brant.A Chicago native, Ross Feller began in high school to systematically explore the boundaries of his saxophone through improvisation, and experiment with various compositional techniques. He Read more co-founded the avant-garde, jazz-rock ensemble Dot Dot Dot, and then went on to study composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Feller sees sound itself as a primary material of his music, no matter how rigorously he structures pitch and rhythm. Sound is bent and smeared, layers bleed into one another and then detach. Instruments overlap and create morphing meta-instruments. All this is guided both by a scrupulous ear and by the metaphysical programs animating the flow...Feller proves that the idea of exploring new worlds, of breaking molds isn't dead at all. Modernism for him is a tradition of freedom and experiment, mixed with an intellectual armature of rigor and paradox. For listeners who have grown up with indie rock, free improv, industrial noise, this will be familiar terrain. Likewise those who like their art with a dash of conceptualism and philosophy will find plenty to satisfy their appetite. Dig in." - Robert Carl, composer and music critic Read less

Works on This Recording

Triple Threat by Ross Feller
Conductor:  Timothy Weiss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006; United States 
Still Adrift by Ross Feller
Performer:  Ross Feller (Electronics), Adam Tendler (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Bypassing the Ogre by Ross Feller
Performer:  Peter Evans (Trumpet)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006; United States 
Disjecta by Ross Feller
Conductor:  Michael Rosen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Percussion Group
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006; United States 
Sfumato by Ross Feller
Performer:  Ted Gurch (Bass Clarinet), Helen Kim (Violin), Ross Feller (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006; United States 
Retracing by Ross Feller
Performer:  Dorothy Martirano (Violin), Ross Feller (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009; United States 
Glossolalia by Ross Feller
Performer:  Franklin Cox (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2002; United States 
X/Winds by Ross Feller
Conductor:  Timothy Weiss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Wind Ensemble
Period: Contemoprary 
Written: 2008; United States 

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