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Ingredients - Works by Maki Ishii, Akemi Naito, Caroline Mallonee, Joji Yuasa / Haruka Fujii, Eric Huebner, Masao Yamashita et al.

Album Summary

>Ishii, Maki : For Lily, paraphrase of "Thirteen Drums," for percussion ensemble
>Naito, Akemi : Memory of the Woods, for marimba
>Mallonee, Caroline : Tomorrow Sharpened, for marimba, crotale & piano
>Yuasa, Joji : Eyes on Genesis 4, for piano & percussion ensemble
>Streber, Ryan : Silent Sister, for bells, temple bowls & vibraphone
>Schimmel, Carl : Snood the Poultroon, for 2 percussionists
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Notes & Reviews:

Percussionist Haruka Fuji has been a longtime collaborator with Tan Dun as soloist in his Water and Paper Percussion Concerto, a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble since 2010, and a founding member of NY-based new music groups Flexible Music and Line C3 . She releases her debut solo recording, Ingredients, including several works written for her, by three composers from her native Japan, Joji Yuasa, Maki Ishii and Akemi Naito, and three from her adopted home in the U.S., Ryan Streber, Caroline Mallonee and Carl Schimmel. The works showcase Fujii's virtuoso technique and sensitivity to timbre, and feature pianist Eric Huebner (NY Philharmonic, Flexible Music), as well as Fujii's mother and sister, Mutsuko and Rika, that together form the well regarded Fujii Marimba Trio.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Haruka Fujii's program of percussion works is solid and avoids bombast. Beginning with Maki Ishii's solo For Lily, Fujii concentrates on timbral interactions and the physical and mental stresses on the performer. Caroline Mallonee's Tomorrow Sharpened is a moto perpetuo for mallet percussion and piano. Temple bowls, vibraphone, and six bell-like objects engage in a conversation that is subdued, sustained, and slow. The tonal language and the properties of the vibraphone create an eerie atmosphere.



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Works Details

>Ishii, Maki : For Lily, paraphrase of "Thirteen Drums," for percussion ensemble
  • Performers: Haruka Fujii (Bongos); Haruka Fujii (Congas); Haruka Fujii (Percussion); Mutsuko Fujii (Marimba); Rika Fujii (Vibraphone); Keiko Nishikawa (Percussion); Masao Yamashita (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Naito, Akemi : Memory of the Woods, for marimba
  • Performer: Haruka Fujii (Marimba)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mallonee, Caroline : Tomorrow Sharpened, for marimba, crotale & piano
  • Performers: Haruka Fujii (Marimba); Haruka Fujii (Percussion); Eric Huebner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Yuasa, Joji : Eyes on Genesis 4, for piano & percussion ensemble
  • Performers: Haruka Fujii (Bells); Haruka Fujii (Chinese Gong); Haruka Fujii (Percussion); Haruka Fujii (Pipes); Haruka Fujii (Temple Blocks); Haruka Fujii (Timpani); Haruka Fujii (Vibraphone); Eric Huebner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2011

>Streber, Ryan : Silent Sister, for bells, temple bowls & vibraphone
  • Performers: Haruka Fujii (Bells); Haruka Fujii (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Schimmel, Carl : Snood the Poultroon, for 2 percussionists
  • Performers: Haruka Fujii (Bongos); Haruka Fujii (Brake Drums); Haruka Fujii (Cymbals); Haruka Fujii (Glockenspiel); Haruka Fujii (Percussion); Haruka Fujii (Tamtam); Haruka Fujii (Triangle); Jonathan Hammill (Kazoo); Jonathan Hammill (Toys)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009