New on Innova

Innova is offering the following new releases:

Neil Rolnick- Shadow Quartet

If you haven’t heard Neil Rolnick’s recent work, this is the place to start. Critics have described his music as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.” In this recording he surrounds himself with some of the best performers in new and experimental music. The hard-swinging New York City string quartet Ethel plays the title track with soulful lyricism and a powerful rhythmic drive. Todd Reynolds’s violin virtuosity is an easy winner in Fiddle Faddle, and Joan La Barbara brings her unique vocal elegance to questions about your body which you always wondered, but never thought to ask. Add to that the Quintet of the Americas and poet Tyrone Henderson, and you’ve got a lively and diverse mix of pieces with great performers and smart, sophisticated computer interactions.

Teresa McCollough – Music for Hammers and Sticks

New music for piano and percussion written for the Bay Area star pianist Teresa McCollough and her trusty percussionists Peggy Benkeser and Tom Burritt. They get up to some bouncy hijinks and infectious melodic stuff as befits hitting numerous strings and tuned wooden marimba bars. If you don’t live in sunny California this will make you wish you did. Some of today’s top concert composers here take a stab at this unusual combination of instruments; sweet and deep.

Klein / Kleinsasser – Equipoise

If you like your chamber music terse, pithy, kinetic and explosive; if you like your food knotty, chewy; if you like your movies thoughtful and ingenious; then ask your store clerk if Equipoise is right for you. Four dense works, two each by Texan Joseph Klein and Marylander William Kleinsasser, offer you the kind of experience formerly reserved for the likes of Euro icons Berio, Ligeti and Xenakis.

The virtuoso chops of star sax player John Sampen, rugged virtuoso ensembles, and a computer working overtime collide in this frenzy of campus energy. 20th Century ensemble repertoire got a kick in the rear just before the bell sounded.