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Links Series of Vibraphone Essays - Smith, Kunimoto, Sehman, Sallak, Schick

Album Summary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 1 for Vibraphone and Piano
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 2 for Vibraphone and Piano
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 3 for Vibraphone and Piano
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 4 for Vibraphone and Piano "Monk"
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 5 for Vibraphone and Piano "Sitting on the Edge of Nothing"
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 6 for Vibraphone and Piano "Song Interiors"
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 7 for Vibraphone and Piano "New England Night Weave"
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 8 for Vibraphone and Piano "Confessions - Witness to 48 Things"
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 9 for Vibraphone and Piano "Mosque"
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 10 for Vibraphone and Piano "Who are we? Where are we?"
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 11 for Vibraphone and Piano "Regions I-XXI"
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 11 (Regions I - XXI), for 3 vibraphones
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Notes & Reviews:

The Links Series of Vibraphone Essays is scored for vibraphone in various settings, from unaccompanied solos to duos with flute, piano and off-stage orchestra bells. This series was composed between 1975 and 1995. There are eleven individual Links pieces. The title refers to the entire structure of the work, in that the end of one composition elides to the beginning of the next - a link in a delicate necklace. It is the most physically, melodically, rhythmically, and conceptually demanding vibraphone music yet composed.

"As annotator (and vibist) Steven Schick suggests in the program book, though composed over a 20-year span (1974-94), these 11 pieces for vibraphone (with occasional augmentation) by Stuart Saunders Smith (b. 1948) do give the impression of comprising a single-minded, inter-related effort - although that of a chain rather than a large multi-movement entity...It's surprising, initially, that 10 of the 11 pieces are performed by different artists, but they have in common a probing, undemonstrative approach that provides each piece with a full measure of lyricism, while avoiding dazzle for its own sake. Sylvia Smith contributes a prose poem about her involvement with the music, which sets the tone for the program nicely. There are discoveries to be made here - as in the poetry of Williams and Olson - gradually, with familiarity and contemplation." - Art Lange, Fanfare



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>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 1 for Vibraphone and Piano
  • Performer: Masako Kunimoto (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 2 for Vibraphone and Piano
  • Performers: Masako Kunimoto (Vibraphone); Steven Sehman (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 3 for Vibraphone and Piano
  • Performers: Bill Sallak (Vibraphone); Steve Sehman (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 4 for Vibraphone and Piano "Monk"
  • Performers: Bill Sallak (Vibraphone); Steven Schick (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 5 for Vibraphone and Piano "Sitting on the Edge of Nothing"
  • Performers: Aiyun Huang (Percussion); Aiyun Huang (Vibraphone); Fabio Oliveira (Percussion); Steve Schick (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 6 for Vibraphone and Piano "Song Interiors"
  • Performers: Justin DeHart (Vibraphone); Fabio Fonseca De Oliveira (Percussion); Aiyun Huang (Percussion); Aiyun Huang (Vibraphone); Katalin Lukács (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 7 for Vibraphone and Piano "New England Night Weave"
  • Performers: Justin DeHart (Vibraphone); Katalin Lukács (Piano); Jude Traxler (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 8 for Vibraphone and Piano "Confessions - Witness to 48 Things"
  • Performers: Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer (Flute); Bernd Thurner (Percussion); Jude Traxler (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 9 for Vibraphone and Piano "Mosque"
  • Performers: Justin DeHart (Vibraphone); Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer (Flute); Bernd Thurner (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 10 for Vibraphone and Piano "Who are we? Where are we?"
  • Performers: Justin DeHart (Vibraphone); Ayano Kataoka (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 11 for Vibraphone and Piano "Regions I-XXI"
  • Performers: Matthew Apanius (Vibraphone); Ayano Kataoka (Percussion); Chris Leonard (Vibraphone); Dale Speicher (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Links no 11 (Regions I - XXI), for 3 vibraphones
  • Performers: Chris Leonard (Vibraphone); Dale Speicher (Vibraphone); Matthew Apanius (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994