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Don Byron: Seven / Lisa Moore, piano

> 7 Etudes for Piano - No. 1. —
> 7 Etudes for Piano - No. 2. —
> 7 Etudes for Piano - No. 3. —
> 7 Etudes for Piano - No. 4. —
> 7 Etudes for Piano - No. 5. —
> 7 Etudes for Piano - No. 6. —
> 7 Etudes for Piano - No. 7. —
> Himm - Himm
> Hyde Park - Hyde Park
> Basquiat - Basquiat

Album Summary

>Byron, Don : Etudes (7), for Piano
>Byron, Don : HIMM, for piano
>Byron, Don : Hyde Park, for voice & piano
>Byron, Don : Basquiat, for chamber ensemble
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"One movement was inspired by a famous Picasso painting, Guernica; another movement was inspired by a long-forgotten ad campaign for a soft drink; another explores the rhythmic structure of the Wiener Waltz. Overall, the pianist/vocalist is asked to reveal her inner 'entertain¬er' as well as her mathematical musicianship." - Don Byron Two of Cantaloupe Music's artists join forces on this 10-track album, the heart of which was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Australian-American performer Lisa Moore has been crowned "New York's queen of avant-garde piano" and a "visionary" by The New Yorker magazine. Moore collaborates with a large and diverse range of musicians and artists in New York City and throughout the world, including the London Sinfonietta, Steve Reich Ensemble, SO Percussion, and Signal. She also performs with Ashley Bathgate in the duo TwoSense, commissioning and playing experimental music for cello and piano.

American Record Guide
Overall an interesting set of pieces. The pieces are performed by Lisa Moore, who seems truly to love the music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Firehouse 12.



Reviews

Seven 7 Etudes by Don Byron piano and voice Lisa Moore cantaloupe
How best to describe Don Byrons Music? He has schizophrenic roots in New York minimalism and Jazz, with lots of African vocal riffs, classical harmony and counterpoint, gospel, ragtime, and show tunes sprinkled on top. At the same time, theres a very controlled austerity at work, often juxtaposed to whimsy and/or irony, with a further dash of Dada. You have to hear it to believe it! Though, in some way, he is a precursor of the new New York minimalists in his eclecticism, contrasting with that aesthetic, there is not a shred of pop indulgence. After one describes the influences, the music itself has an overwhelming aura of sadness and melancholy than its flip exterior would never initially portray. In the first Etude Byron locks into an austere minimalism yet moves seamlessly between a more expansive, expanding and contracting of motive cells not unlike the music of Lang or Gordon. The second etude explores highly contrapuntal form of minimalism which becomes eternal repeats, which moves into very cool jazz syncopations in the right hand. The third etude explores African vocalizations by Moore, against larger repeated cell groups. Again, there is a kind of Dadaist irreverence vs. austere minimal insistence. This almost bebop insistence, detours into the eternal hypnotic a lot. By the sixth etude, Byron has a mangled ragtime waltz notated like a skipping vinyl record. This movement especially has a lot of fascinating harmonic and rhythmic twists. Lisa Moores playing perfectly captures the psycho-frenetic leaps between all these exacting grooves and pure whimsy, and all the abrupt jazz and classical idioms sandwiched between. Worth checking out!
Submitted on 05/21/11 by Mike Maguire 
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Works Details

>Byron, Don : Etudes (7), for Piano
  • Performers: Lisa Moore (Piano); Lisa Moore; Lisa Moore (Voice)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byron, Don : HIMM, for piano
  • Performers: Lisa Moore (Piano); Lisa Moore; Lisa Moore (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byron, Don : Hyde Park, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Lisa Moore (Piano); Lisa Moore; Lisa Moore (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Byron, Don : Basquiat, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Lisa Moore; Lisa Moore (Piano); Lisa Moore (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary