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Kitzke: The Character of American Sunlight

Album Summary

>Kitzke, Jerome : Mad Coyote madly sings, for 4 voices, tenor saxophone, double bas & drum kit
>Kitzke, Jerome : A Keeing wish, for voice, narrator, clarinet, bass clarinet, double bass & bass drum
>Kitzke, Jerome : The Animist child, for voice & toy piano
>Kitzke, Jerome : The Big gesture, for oboe, bass clarinet & percussion
>Kitzke, Jerome : Breath and Bone, for accordion
>Kitzke, Jerome : We Need to Dream All This Again, for clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello & percussion
>Kitzke, Jerome : The Character of American sunlight, for piano & 4 percussionists
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Avant-garde can mean so many things. To a composer like Jerome Kitzke it is a freeing notion. THE CHARACTER OF AMERICAN SUNLIGHT dances among the influences that comprise the American character. From Native American songs to the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, from New York saxophone to tribal drumming, Kitzke pursues the essence of the American.

Melodic lines reminiscent of folk tales told around a campfire as well as the sounds of a burgeoning city play over a rich drumscape. Kitzke's compositions have more in common with contemporary jazz pieces than the works of 19th Century composers, but they are steeped in the traditions of each. The small ensembles responsible for each of these unique pieces give an exciting voicing to the unusual sounds. The all-digital recording gives an intimate clarity to the album.



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Works Details

>Kitzke, Jerome : Mad Coyote madly sings, for 4 voices, tenor saxophone, double bas & drum kit
  • Performers: Theo Bleckmann (Voice); Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Wendy Luck (Voice); Barbara Merjan (Drum Set); Nicole Rose (Voice); Charles Tomlinson (Double Bass); Allen Won (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: The Mad Coyote
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kitzke, Jerome : A Keeing wish, for voice, narrator, clarinet, bass clarinet, double bass & bass drum
  • Performers: Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Lisa Karrer (Gamelan); Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Wendy Luck (Voice); Barbara Merjan (Percussion); Barbara Merjan (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice); Charles Tomlinson (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: The Mad Coyote
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kitzke, Jerome : The Animist child, for voice & toy piano
  • Performers: Jerome Kitzke (Toy Piano); Jerome Kitzke (Voice)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kitzke, Jerome : The Big gesture, for oboe, bass clarinet & percussion
  • Performers: Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Jacqueline Leclair (Oboe); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Bradley Lubman (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: The Mad Coyote
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kitzke, Jerome : Breath and Bone, for accordion
  • Performers: Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Guy Klucevsek (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kitzke, Jerome : We Need to Dream All This Again, for clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello & percussion
  • Performers: Greg Hesselink (Cello); Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Bradley Lubman (Electronics); Barbara Merjan (Percussion); Barbara Merjan (Voice); Jon Nelson (Trumpet); Todd Reynolds (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman
  • Ensemble: The Mad Coyote
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kitzke, Jerome : The Character of American sunlight, for piano & 4 percussionists
  • Performers: Phillip Bush (Piano); John Kennedy (Cello); John Kennedy (Harmonica); John Kennedy (Percussion); John Kennedy (Harmonica); John Kennedy (Percussion); Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Mark Suter (Harmonica); Mark Suter (Percussion); William Trigg (Bells); William Trigg (Harmonica); William Trigg (Percussion); Charles Wood (Harmonica); Charles Wood (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Essential Music
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio