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Jones: Ephemera


Release Date: 09/22/2017 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 980  
Composer:  Jesse Jones
Performer:  Xak BjerkenSharon HarmsNicholas DiEugenioKenneth Meyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Argento Chamber EnsembleEnsemble Recherche
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Featuring a star-studded cast of international musicians, EPHEMERA is the debut album of Guggenheim- and Rome-Prize-winning composer Jesse Jones. From sonic portraiture of the pagan god Abraxas, through a microtonal setting of Lamartine’s languid prose, to the solitary verse of Edgar Allan Poe, EPHEMERA presents a cross-section of Jones’s most personal and introspective music. Performed expertly by American soprano Sharon Harms, Germany’s famed ensemble recherché, New York’s Argento Chamber Ensemble, pianist Xak Bjerken, and guitarist Kenneth Meyer, EPHEMERA delivers a stunning glimpse into Jones’s relationship with the numinous. Intended as an artistic reflection of the fleeting, ephemeral nature of mortality, EPHEMERA engages Read more concepts of spirituality, love and loss, unity and discord, depression, and redemption. The opening track bespeaks the struggle of birth and a striving toward the divine; the title track distills memory of the composer’s mother into a shimmering kaleidoscope of musical metaphor; the album’s keystone (Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses) alludes to issues of piety versus apostasy, while the fourth track creates a playful foil to the album’s mostly-serious nature; the final track delves into the inner psyche through the lens of Poe’s poetic imagery. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Abraxas by Jesse Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Argento Chamber Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
2.
Ephemera by Jesse Jones
Performer:  Xak Bjerken (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
3.
Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses by Jesse Jones
Performer:  Sharon Harms (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Recherche
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011; United States 
4.
Unisono by Jesse Jones
Performer:  Xak Bjerken (Piano), Nicholas DiEugenio (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011; United States 
5.
The Mystery Which Binds Me Still by Jesse Jones
Performer:  Kenneth Meyer (Guitar), Sharon Harms (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; United States 

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