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New People - New music by Daniel Powers, Rob Deemer, Michael Colgrass, Jonathan Santore / Elizabeth Pétillot, voice

Album Summary

>Powers, Daniel : The Rain is Full of Ghosts, for voice, viola & piano
>Deemer, Rob : Erotica, for voice, viola & piano
>Colgrass, Michael : New People, for voice, viola & piano
>Santore, Jonathan : Front Porch Poems, for voice, viola & piano
>Reynolds, Graham : Jabberwocky, for voice, viola & piano
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Four of the five works on this compact disc of new works for voice, viola and piano performed by the Chiaroscuro Trio are world premiere recordings. The only professional chamber ensemble dedicated to this instrumentation, the Chairoscuro Trio has appeared as guest ensemble at various festivals and concert venues in the United States and will make their European debut in the summer of 2013. The Trio has selected contemporary American works that vary greatly, whether in personal styles of the composers, their background, the texts or the contradictory yet congruent aspects of life that they evoke. What makes these works American, is the sense that unity comes from diversity and plurality and that embracing and encouraging a melting pot of disparate voices and cultures, leads to a healthy and cohesive society and art. These five works are mindful of the past, reflective of our epoch, and relevant to the future.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Adding a few instruments to the female voice, the Chiaroscura Trio achieves a humorous and playful, straight-laced and serious program. These dualities exist because they want to expand how people view classical music. Erotica by Rob Deemer is a short song cycle of erotic poetry, and Graham Reynolds's Jabberwocky is a setting of Lewis Carroll's rhythmic poem perfectly suited for a performance at a school.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church House Studios, Austin, TX (07/2012).



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Works Details

>Powers, Daniel : The Rain is Full of Ghosts, for voice, viola & piano
  • Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Trio
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Deemer, Rob : Erotica, for voice, viola & piano
  • Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Trio
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Colgrass, Michael : New People, for voice, viola & piano
  • Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Trio
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969

>Santore, Jonathan : Front Porch Poems, for voice, viola & piano
  • Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Trio
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Reynolds, Graham : Jabberwocky, for voice, viola & piano
  • Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Trio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012