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Daniel Wohl: Corps Exquis / Transit; So Percussion; Aaron Roche; Julia Holter

Album Summary

>Wohl, Daniel : Neighborhood, for clarinet, violin, cello, organ, percussion & electronics
>Wohl, Daniel : 323, for 3 voices, violin, cello, organ, percussion & electronics
>Wohl, Daniel : Cantus, for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion & electronics
>Wohl, Daniel : Ouverture, for violin, cello, bass clarinet, piano, percussion & electronics
>Wohl, Daniel : Plus ou Moins, for bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion & electronics
>Wohl, Daniel : Limbs, for bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion & electronics
>Wohl, Daniel : Insext, for bass clarinet, clarinet, violin, cello, toy piano, percussion & electronics
>Wohl, Daniel : Fluctuations, for 3 melodicas, bass clarinet, violin, cello & electronics
>Wohl, Daniel : Corpus, for voice, violin, cello, bass clarinet, piano, vibraphone & electronics
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Notes & Reviews:

Daniel Wohl's Corps Exquis is a large-scale performance piece that exists at the intersection of video installation, rock concert, avant-garde cinema, and experimental classical and electronic music. Wohl developed the project in conjunction with TRANSIT New Music and a collective of New York City video artists, combining the vitality of the city's emerging experimental music and video art scenes.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Daniel Wohl (programming).

Recording information: Oktaven Audio; Still Sound Studios.



Reviews

Fevered dreams
For me, Daniel Wohl's music lands somewhere between classical and ambient. And those are two musical worlds that seldom connect. The building blocks of the soundscapes Wohl creates in Corps Exquis are common to ambient and trance, but the way he uses them is more classical in structure. This isn't just stringing together cool-sounding samples in a studio to create a mood. Rather, this is (to my ears) carefully constructed music that has some substance and depth to it.

Plus ou moins, the longest work on the album, is a good example of this. The piano ostinato that gradually morphs sounds minimalist in inspiration, but the darting clarinet/glockenspiel figure doesn't. Scraping strings and electronic sound samples give the work an ambient feel, but careful listening reveals the subtle interplay between the voices. Lines influence each other in sort of a contrarian counterpoint, tying together what at first blush appears random.

Daniel Wohl has a unique compositional voice. Repeated listening helped me appreciate the artistry of that voice. Corps Exquis may sometimes evoke strange, dreamlike images, but there's purpose behind those fever dreams.
Submitted on 08/30/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Wohl, Daniel : Neighborhood, for clarinet, violin, cello, organ, percussion & electronics
  • Performers: Sara Budde (Clarinet); Evelyn Farny (Cello); David Friend (Percussion); Aaron Roche (Percussion); Daniel Wohl (Electronics); Daniel Wohl (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wohl, Daniel : 323, for 3 voices, violin, cello, organ, percussion & electronics
  • Performers: Evelyn Farny (Cello); David Friend (Percussion); Aaron Roche (Percussion); Andie Springer (Violin); Daniel Wohl (Electronics); Daniel Wohl (Organ); Daniel Wohl (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wohl, Daniel : Cantus, for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion & electronics
  • Performer: Daniel Wohl (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Transit
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wohl, Daniel : Ouverture, for violin, cello, bass clarinet, piano, percussion & electronics
  • Performer: Daniel Wohl (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Transit
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wohl, Daniel : Plus ou Moins, for bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion & electronics
  • Performer: Daniel Wohl (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Transit
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wohl, Daniel : Limbs, for bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion & electronics
  • Performer: Daniel Wohl (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Transit
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wohl, Daniel : Insext, for bass clarinet, clarinet, violin, cello, toy piano, percussion & electronics
  • Performer: Daniel Wohl (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Transit
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wohl, Daniel : Fluctuations, for 3 melodicas, bass clarinet, violin, cello & electronics
  • Performer: Daniel Wohl (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Transit
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wohl, Daniel : Corpus, for voice, violin, cello, bass clarinet, piano, vibraphone & electronics
  • Performers: Julia Holter (Voice); Aaron Roche (Percussion); Daniel Wohl (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Transit
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary