Notes & Reviews:
Percussionist and baritone vocalist Lee Hinkle, whose percussion playing has been called "rock-steady" by the Washington Post, is the principal percussionist with the 21st Century Consort and a faculty member at the University of Maryland in College Park. An active recitalist and soloist, Hinkle has performed at universities and festivals across the U.S., and with the National Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic. His recordings can be heard on six labels. For this recording, Hinkle explores the boundaries between contemporary music and theatre, performing compositions by Greek composer Georges Aperghis and American composers Daniel Adams and Stuart Saunders Smith as well as one of Hinkle's own compositions. These works include The Authors, a marimba opera, is made up of 11 movements with spoken and sung texts excerpted from various authors' novels, poems and sonnets. The performer is tasked with speaking, singing, whistling, and acting while playing the marimba.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
I can imagine some listeners may enjoy the gusto with which Lee Hinkle performs 'Le Corps a Corps' by Georges Aperghis. Stuart Saunders Smith's Authors has Hinkle performing with marimba. Like the other pieces on the program, he also either sings or speaks. In the case of The Authors passages from each author - Kerouac, Whitman, Dickinson, and Stein, among others - are read. Hinkle's own composition, Vibratissimo, begins with an interesting use of the vibraphone motor.