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Kid Stuff: Soli for Piano with Percussion Orchestra / Ko, McCormick Percussion Group


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Ravello   Catalog #: 7977  
Composer:  John LiberatoreChrissy Seunghee LeeHilary TannCiro Scotto,   ... 
Performer:  Eunmi KoMichael R. SkillernJordon Houk
Conductor:  Robert McCormick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  McCormick Percussion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Juxtaposing the loud and abrasive with the soft and subtle, the McCormick Percussion Group balances tumult and tender in KID STUFF. Led by director Robert McCormick, Professor of Music at the University of South Florida in Tampa, the percussion orchestra re-imagines original compositions from five key contemporary classical composers. The first series of compositions come from John Liberatore. Titled This Living Air, the four-movement composition is a collage of percussion instruments played with the sort of delicacy and innocence that is reminiscent of childhood. The experimental compositions feature the circular frolic of glockenspiel and marimbas with Ko’s piano melodies dancing in the center. Seunghee Lee composed the second track, Read more Pung-Kyung. Experimental in nature, Ko’s piano treads curiously along as the percussion group accentuates sudden strikes of sound in the xylophone, hand drums, and wood blocks. The next track Solstice, originally penned by Hilary Tann, features five acts, starting with the solemn, melancholic “Breakup ‘Imperceptible Dissolution’” following through three acts to the epic conclusion of the ‘Freeze-Up “Icy Silvers and Darts.” The McCormick Percussion Group rounds out their album with the moody, sullen Dark Paradise by composer Ciro Scotto, followed quickly by the erratic chaos of Matt Barber’s Kid Stuff: Five Figments for Piano and Percussion. Like all children, KID STUFF can seem rough around the edges, but inside there is a big heart. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
This Living Air by John Liberatore
Performer:  Eunmi Ko (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert McCormick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  McCormick Percussion Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Pung-Kyung by Chrissy Seunghee Lee
Performer:  Eunmi Ko (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert McCormick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  McCormick Percussion Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Solstice by Hilary Tann
Performer:  Eunmi Ko (Piano), Michael R. Skillern (Marimba)
Conductor:  Robert McCormick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  McCormick Percussion Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Dark Paradise by Ciro Scotto
Performer:  Eunmi Ko (Piano), Jordon Houk (Celesta)
Conductor:  Robert McCormick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  McCormick Percussion Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Kid Stuff by Matt Barber
Performer:  Eunmi Ko (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert McCormick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  McCormick Percussion Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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