Notes & Reviews:
Clarinetist Pat O'Keefe is a multifaceted performer endlessly active and in high demand in a wide variety of musical styles and genres. He draws upon his multiplicity of experiences and interests in new music performances, which employ a "superb control of extended techniques," and have been described as "passionate," "explosive," and "breath-stoppingly exquisite." All these characteristics and more are featured in this, his first solo CD of compositions for clarinet and bass clarinet, written expressly for him by Minnesota composers with whom he has had long creative relationships.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Pat O'Keefe's clarinet and bass clarinet program is less bluesy and less open in sound. Jeff Lambert's 'Dissonant Grooves' is blistering and demanding. O'Keefe always brings the listener back to the basic, easily digestible, rhythmic motive. Ann Millikan's Dendrite forces the bass clarinet into tough situations. The whisper-quiet multiphonics radiate gently. Contents May Differ, by Scott Miller, puts the listener almost inside the instrument by unusual microphone placement. The piece is mainly drones, but with the aid of the amplification the audience can hear the beginnings of each sound. Miller's piece stretches the typical sounds of the instruments to display the unnoticed.
Personnel: Pat O'Keefe (clarinet, bass clarinet); Paul Cantrell (piano); Scott Miller (electronics).
Recording information: Wild Sound Studios, Minneapolis, MN (2007-06-??&2013-04-??&2013-).
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