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Nathaniel Stookey: Junkestra

Album Summary

>Stookey, Nathaniel : Junkestra, for percussion
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Notes & Reviews:

It's probably safe to say that Nathaniel Stookey's Junkestra is the first composition created and premiered at a city dump to be subsequently programmed by a major American orchestra. But then Junkestra is not your average piece of garbage. The work in three movements is performed using instruments Stookey created from objects scavenged from Recology's waste transfer facility in San Francisco: a sonorous collection of pipes, pans, mixing bowls, bottles, serving trays, deck railings, dresser drawers, oil drums, bike wheels, saws, garbage cans, bathroom fixtures, bird-cages and shopping carts. The result, says Stookey, is "a richer palette of timbre and pitch than anything I could have foreseen or designed." The new recording is performed by members of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Shwartz, and featuring David Weiss on saw. It includes a dance remix.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hyde Street Studio C, San Francisco, CA; Michael Levine Music, Santa Monica.


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>Stookey, Nathaniel : Junkestra, for percussion
  • Performers: Louis Siu (Percussion); Katy Lafavre (Percussion); Brian Calhoon (Percussion); Miles Lassi (Percussion); Jacob Steuer (Percussion); Greg Simonds (Percussion); David Weiss (Musical Saw); Carl Peterson (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Shwartz
  • Notes: Michael Levine Music, Santa Monica; Hyde Street Studio C, San Francisco, CA
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Written: 2007