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Composed and Performed by Alexander Berne

Album Summary

>Berne, Alexander : Shores, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Gardens, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Hyacinth, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Eschaton, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Reaches, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Uhm, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Magic, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Chronicles, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Aubade, for saduk
>Berne, Alexander : Wanderer, for saduk
>Berne, Alexander : Clepsydra, for saduk
>Berne, Alexander : Tridoula, for voice & saduk
>Berne, Alexander : Sirens, for saduk
>Berne, Alexander : Supernal, for voice & saduk
>Berne, Alexander : Chronicles2, for saduk
>Berne, Alexander : Epiphanic, for soprano saxophone
>Berne, Alexander : Plumescent, for ensemble
>Berne, Alexander : Chronicles3, for ensemble
>Berne, Alexander : Lustening, for ensemble
>Berne, Alexander : Kenosis, for ensemble
>Berne, Alexander : Najash, for ensemble
>Berne, Alexander : Arise, for ensemble
>Berne, Alexander : Auriga, for ensemble
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Recording information: Mirabella Studios, FL.



Reviews

Fascinating collection by a Renaissance man!
Alexander Berne is a New York composer, visual artist, and performer who has practically created his own art forms. musician of the highest order. He began as a serious sax artist in the jazz scene, evan teaching for a bit at the Stanford University Jazz Workshop alongside Joe Henderson and Stan Getz. Berne then moved to Belgium where he devoted himself to solo saxophone performances and gathering a well deserved following. The new three CD "retrospective" on Innova is a great intro to his music. The discs serve mostly as three different sets of performances with sections (they can't really be described completely accurately as "pieces" or "movements"..) The discs - the pieces - are grouped are titled "The abandoned orchestra", "The saduk" and "The soprano saxophone choir". His music is fascinating but a little hard to categorize - my initial reaction to Berne (before this particular CD) is that it owes a little to Brian Eno or Jon Hassell with some saxophone lineage going back to the Glass stable containing Jon Gibson and Dickie Landry. Theorists will want to type his work as minimalist? or is it somewhat 'new age' or ambient? It works no matter what you may want to label it. His work with David Sanborn and others shows clearly in his multi tracked sax pieces (like the soprano sax choir) and the "Saduk" is a reference to the ‘saduk’ that Berne himself invenvented, a kind of cross between a saxophone and the Armenian duduk, and has a warm, woody tone unlike any ever heard before. Berne serves as his own principle player and sound designer as well and refers to the "choir" piece as an "overtonal, textural, harmonic, vibratory, 'soundistic' experience." The "Abandoned Orchestra" collection, existing again in both an acoustic as well as electronic environment refers to "abandoned" as unrestrained, unbounded. While all of this music is indeed hard to categorize, it is very pleasant to listen to. It works equally well as almost ambient background listening as well as something to listen to intently, without distractions, to follow shifting timbres, textures and harmonies. I imagine a Berne live performance would be great! The packaging is quite nice too featuring artwork by Alexander Berne, himself (his website is artistically terrific and supports my assessment that he is quite the "Renaissance man." The recording, as in all Innova releases is excellent and sensitive to the peculiarities of the instrument (Saxophone, in particular, in the wrong hands, can be recorded very harshly and frontal or sound like it's down the street!) Highly recommended for saxophonists, new age and jazz fans and anyone wanting to hear something quite interesting and pleasant!
Submitted on 08/11/10 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Berne, Alexander : Shores, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Gardens, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Hyacinth, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Eschaton, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Reaches, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Uhm, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Magic, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Chronicles, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Aubade, for saduk
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Wanderer, for saduk
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Clepsydra, for saduk
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Tridoula, for voice & saduk
  • Performers: Alexander Berne (Saxophone); Christo Nicholoudis (Voice)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Sirens, for saduk
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Supernal, for voice & saduk
  • Performers: Alexander Berne (Saxophone); Christo Nicholoudis (Voice)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Chronicles2, for saduk
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Epiphanic, for soprano saxophone
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Plumescent, for ensemble
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Chronicles3, for ensemble
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Lustening, for ensemble
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Kenosis, for ensemble
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Najash, for ensemble
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Arise, for ensemble
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berne, Alexander : Auriga, for ensemble
  • Performer: Alexander Berne (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary