Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Composer/pianist Michael Harrison's Time Loops is the follow up to Revelation, a critically acclaimed Cantaloupe recording from 2007, and features "cello goddess" Maya Beiser and also the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Harrison is known for developing one of the most distinctive musical styles in recent years, utilizing innovative tuning relationships to further develop Just Intonation - an ancient tuning system where the distances between notes are based upon whole number ratios. "Michael's music is perfect for our times," states Maya Beiser. "It's architectural and precise, yet exhilarating and beautiful."
National Public Radio
"Just Ancient Loops," with its evocative drone and pizzicato opening, unfolds like a journey. The music, with its blend of East and West, soars in interlocking swirls of color, rests in a central chorale and builds steam to an ecstatic conclusion, sounding as if it had always been here.
American Record Guide, March / April 2013
This is a pleasant program. Harrison's music is easy to listen to and, if you can get on his wavelength, you may find this satisfying. Or if you are a Beiser fan, she is prominently displayed here. This is basically a Bang on a Can project, as you might expect from the record label. It is recorded well.
Audio Mixer: Adam Abeshouse.
Liner Note Author: Stuart Isacoff.
Editor: Adam Abeshouse.
Photographers: Thomas Steenland; Stephanie Berger.