Source: New World Records.
George Lewis: Assemblage
Composer(s): George Lewis
Ensemble Dal Niente; Michael Lewanski, conductor
George Lewis (b. 1952) combines an astonishing level of creativity with trenchant critiques of many traditional conceptions about experimental music. The four compositions on this album reference a wide range of ideas, from rhetoric in Ancient Rome to actor network theory, and the album’s eponymous composition finds its grounding in the concept of the “assemblage,” (or agencement in French) a pragmatic, material, non-teleological approach to composition.
Keeril Makan: Letting Time Circle Through Us
Composer(s): Keeril Makan
Keeril Makan (b. 1972) composed his longest instrumental work to date, Letting Time Circle Through Us (2013), on commission for the New York City-based ensemble Either/Or, with whose musicians Makan has worked intimately over the course of many years and on several projects. The larger trajectory of Makan’s musical explorations has not been a linear one, so this close collaboration was invaluable in arriving at the final recorded realization of the project.
Either/Or: Russell Greenberg, percussion; David Shively, cimbalom; Dan Lippel, acoustic guitar; Taka Kigawa, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; John Popham, cello