The Bright and Hollow Sky: Davis, Chase, Sliwinski, Lippel / International Contemporary Ensemble

> Like sweet bells jangled - Like sweet bells jangled
> pneApnea - pneApnea
> The Mechanics of Escapement - The Mechanics of Escapement
> Dowser - Dowser
> The Bright and Hollow Sky - The Bright and Hollow Sky

Album Summary

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : Like sweet bells jangled, for ensemble
>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : pneApnea, for alto flute and electronics
>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : The Mechanics of Escapement, for toy piano & chimes
>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : Dowser, for bass clarinet and electronics
>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : The Bright and Hollow Sky, for ensemble and electronics
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer and percussionist Nathan Davis has released a recording of works commissioned and performed by the critically acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), of which he is also a prominent performing member. Mr. Davis' music is inspired by a percussionist's pragmatism: he approaches instruments with a beginner's mind, addressing them as objects and asking himself the basic question, "what sounds do they want to make?" The resulting works possess a freshness that resonates with the elemental world of the overtone series while exploring the rich diversity of the physical objects that articulate it. Davis' use of electronic processing, such as ring modulation and live manipulation, grows from his fascination with acoustic phenomena themselves, distinguishing him from many composers who use electronics to explore artificial capabilities. The five works on The Bright and Hollow Sky are a result of applying this organic process to Davis' close collaboration with ICE.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: EMPAC, Smith College / Oktaven Audio.



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Works Details

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : Like sweet bells jangled, for ensemble
  • Performers: Nathan Davis (Percussion); Joshua Rubin (Clarinet); Eric Lamb (Piccolo); Claire Chase (Flute); Nathan Davis (Ring Modulator)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : pneApnea, for alto flute and electronics
  • Performer: Claire Chase (Alto Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : The Mechanics of Escapement, for toy piano & chimes
  • Performers: Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano); Phyllis Chen (Chimes)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : Dowser, for bass clarinet and electronics
  • Performer: Joshua Rubin (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : The Bright and Hollow Sky, for ensemble and electronics
  • Performers: Joshua Rubin (Clarinet); Eric Lamb (Flute); Eric Lamb (Piccolo); Douglas Perkins (Ring Modulator); Adam Sliwinski (Percussion); Dan Lippel (Guitar); Peter Evans (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Douglas Perkins
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 19 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008