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Vanish - Music for percussion ensemble by Toch, Applebaum, Takemitsu et al. / Smoke & Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

Album Summary

>Dorman, Avner : Udacrep Akubrad, for percussion duo
>Schissi, Diego : Game of Clocks (Juego de Relojes), for vibraphone & percussion ensemble
>Toch, Ernst [Composer] : Der Fuge aus Geographie (The Geographical Fugue) for speaking chorus
>Tywoniuk, Derek : After Psychosis
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37
>Applebaum, Mark : Catfish, for percussion
>Viñao, Alejandro : Book of Grooves
>Takemitsu, Toru : From me flows what you call time, for 5 percussionists & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Vanish is the engaging and highly innovative follow-up to Yarlung's original and equally compelling Smoke & Mirrors release, presenting a wide tapestry of rhythms and harmonics skillfully arrayed across a broad and deep soundstage. There's an immediacy, clarity, and transparency to this modern classical percussion recording that seemingly brings the performers to your living room.' -Jim Hannon, Publisher, The Absolute Sound, November 2013

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The Smoke & Mirrors Ensemble's collection of percussion music includes works in very different styles by composers of varying backgrounds. Takemitsu's From Me Flows What You Call Time (1990) is played well here and is the longest work on the record. I find pieces by some of the less famous composers to be the most interesting. Its kaleidoscopic and rhythmic lines create mesmerizing textures that blend nicely with the timbre of the darbuka. This is a nice record by a relatively new ensemble and label, both of which show promise.



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>Dorman, Avner : Udacrep Akubrad, for percussion duo
  • Performers: Derek Tywoniuk (Percussion); Wai Wan (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Smoke & Mirrors Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schissi, Diego : Game of Clocks (Juego de Relojes), for vibraphone & percussion ensemble
  • Performer: Kevin Schlossman (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Toch, Ernst [Composer] : Der Fuge aus Geographie (The Geographical Fugue) for speaking chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Tywoniuk, Derek : After Psychosis :: watch me vanish, watch me?
  • Performers: Derek Tywoniuk (Percussion); Wai Wan (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37 :: 1. Call to Worship
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Applebaum, Mark : Catfish, for percussion
  • Performers: Joe Beribak (Percussion); Kevin Schlossman (Percussion); Derek Tywoniuk (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Viñao, Alejandro : Book of Grooves :: 4. Dance Groove Drifting
  • Performers: Edward Hong (Percussion); Derek Tywoniuk (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Takemitsu, Toru : From me flows what you call time, for 5 percussionists & orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 25 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1990

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37 :: 6. Ave Maria
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915