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Graffiti / Present Music

Album Summary

>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Village Idiot
>Woolf, Randall : Motor City Requiem
>Luna Ponce, Armando : Graffiti, in 11 movements for 13 players
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Notes & Reviews:

Present Music, Milwaukee's all-star chamber ensemble, has inspired a huge and devoted fan base for its fearless embrace of new and unusual music. This collection of three commissioned works from around the world represents a few choice plums from their 25th anniversary season in 2006-07. Each of the works deals with roots, mental states, and memory in one way or another. Elena Kats-Chernin, born in Tashkent and living in Australia, wrote "Village Idiot" for an exhibition of paintings by schizophrenic artists, including her son. Randall Woolf grew up in Detroit in the '60s, his memories of its happy neighborhoods forever shattered by the 1967 riots. Mexican Armando Luna's "Graffiti" comes at you with a nod and a wink as he uses the styles of Bach, Bartok, Benny Goodman and others as the starting off point for his own gleefully raucous and busy idiom.



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Works Details

>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Village Idiot
  • Conductor: Kevin Stalheim
  • Ensemble: Present Music
  • Running Time: 16 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Woolf, Randall : Motor City Requiem
  • Conductor: Kevin Stalheim
  • Ensemble: Present Music
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2006

>Luna Ponce, Armando : Graffiti, in 11 movements for 13 players
  • Conductor: Kevin Stalheim
  • Ensemble: Present Music
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006