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Elements: New Music for Pipa by American Composers / Yang Jing, pipa with assisting artists

Album Summary

>Womack, Donald Reid : Elements, for pipa
>Myers, Jeff : Turtle and Rat, for pipa
>Osborne, T. : Rumi Songs, for soprano & pipa
>Kudo, E. Takeo : White Crane, for pipa
>Womack, Donald Reid : An Enveloping Rain, for pipa, guzheng & viola
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In a seemingly unlikely marriage of ideas, this recording presents new works by four American composers for a fabled instrument of China, the pipa. Building on the instrument's long history, these composers present a new vision of how an ancient instrument from another culture can provide inspiration to an even broader audience. The composers on this recording, Donald Reid Womack, Jeff Myers, Thomas Osborne, and Takeo Kudo, blend idiomatic performing techniques with inventive textures and widely divergent harmonic contexts. They build on the instrument's traditional repertoire by extending the range of cultural influences and reinventing the music that can be played on pipa. The performances are by the renowned pipa virtuoso Yang Jing, whose distinct mix of virtuosity and lyricism, tradition and innovation brings these new works to life.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
When Donald Reid Womack's Elements (2010) opens, the pipa sounds electronic, in monaural sound, without an ounce of reverberation. The Rumi Songs (2011, 12 minutes) is based on five brief settings of Persian love poetry. Jeff Myer's Turtle and Rat (2012, five minutes, two movements) is just the opposite. White Crane (2011, six minutes) by Hawaiian Takeo Kudo contrasts the grace-passiveness- defensive qualities of the crane with its retaliatory powers. What a contrast Womack's Enveloping Rain (2011, 11 minutes) is from Elements. It opens with the warm long-lined tones of the viola.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Orvis Hall, University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI (03/04/2012-03/06/2012); Rendez-Vous Recording, Honolulu (03/04/2012-03/06/2012); Orvis Hall, University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI (03/05/2012); Rendez-Vous Recording, Honolulu (03/05/2012).



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Works Details

>Womack, Donald Reid : Elements, for pipa
  • Performer: Yang Jing (Pipa)
  • Notes: Rendez-Vous Recording, Honolulu (03/04/2012-03/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Myers, Jeff : Turtle and Rat, for pipa
  • Performer: Yang Jing (Pipa)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Osborne, T. : Rumi Songs, for soprano & pipa
  • Performers: Yang Jing (Pipa); Rachel Schutz
  • Notes: Orvis Hall, University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI (03/04/2012-03/06/2012); Rendez-Vous Recording, Honolulu (03/04/2012-03/06/2012); Orvis Hall, University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI (03/05/2012); Rendez-Vous Recording, Honolulu (03/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Kudo, E. Takeo : White Crane, for pipa
  • Performer: Yang Jing (Pipa)
  • Notes: Rendez-Vous Recording, Honolulu (03/04/2012-03/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Womack, Donald Reid : An Enveloping Rain, for pipa, guzheng & viola
  • Performers: Yang Jing (Pipa); Anna Womack (Viola)
  • Notes: Rendez-Vous Recording, Honolulu (03/04/2012-03/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2011