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Rand Steiger (b.1957): A Menacing Plume - 5 electro-acoutical works / Talea Ensemble

Album Summary

>Steiger, Rand : Resonateur, for chamber ensemble
>Steiger, Rand : A Menacing Plume, for chamber ensemble
>Steiger, Rand : Elusive Peace, for cello & drums
>Steiger, Rand : Elliott's Instruments, for chamber ensemble
>Steiger, Rand : Awhirl, for piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The vast array of compositional, performative, and listening practices that have grown out of the phenomenon we can collectively refer to as "electronic music" have, in some way or another, engaged with an inherent and essential provocation: the coexistence of "artificial" technology with more "organic" resonances of musical tradition and human experience. A truly symbiotic relationship between technology and acoustics can alert us to the fact that what we might think of as "natural" tastes are, in fact, just as "artificial" as processes of digital signal manipulation and re-synthesis. For Rand Steiger (b. 1957), technology is such a vehicle into the beyond. The five pieces presented here - in magnificent performances by the Talea Ensemble under the leadership of James Baker - span a decade of work in a variety of media, from solo to small mixed ensemble, some including live processing and others "purely" acoustical. But networks of commonality between the works are quickly apparent - Steiger's keen ear for deep, shimmering textures, sweeping timbral migrations, delicate nuances of intonation, and rich harmonic refrains unite the music into a grande oeuvre of flexible interdependence between the natural and the unnatural, with technology forming the essential basis for resonance and coalescence.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, York (01/2013); Studio A, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, (01/2013); Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, York (05/11/2012); Studio A, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, (05/11/2012).



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Works Details

>Steiger, Rand : Résonateur, for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: James Baker
  • Ensemble: Talea Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Steiger, Rand : A Menacing Plume, for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: James Baker
  • Ensemble: Talea Ensemble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Steiger, Rand : Elusive Peace, for cello & drums
  • Performers: Ben Reimer (Drum Set); Leanne Zacharias (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Steiger, Rand : Elliott's Instruments, for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: James Baker
  • Ensemble: Talea Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Steiger, Rand : Awhirl, for piano
  • Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008