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Kitzke: The Character of American Sunlight

Audio Samples

>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

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: Nicole Rose (Voice); Theo Bleckmann (Voice); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Allen Won (Tenor Saxophone); Charles Tomlinson (Double Bass); Barbara Merjan (Drum Set); Wendy Luck (Voice); Jerome Kitzke (Voice)
  • 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: Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Charles Tomlinson (Double Bass); Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Johanna Rose (Voice); Lisa Karrer (Gamelan); Barbara Merjan (Voice); Barbara Merjan (Percussion); Wendy Luck (Voice)
  • 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); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Jacqueline Leclair (Oboe); 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: Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Greg Hesselink (Cello); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Barbara Merjan (Voice); Jon Nelson (Trumpet); Todd Reynolds (Violin); Bradley Lubman (Electronics); Barbara Merjan (Percussion)
  • 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: Mark Suter (Harmonica); Charles Wood (Percussion); William Trigg (Harmonica); John Kennedy (Percussion); John Kennedy (Harmonica); Phillip Bush (Piano); Jerome Kitzke (Voice); Mark Suter (Percussion); John Kennedy (Percussion); John Kennedy (Cello); William Trigg (Bells); John Kennedy (Harmonica); William Trigg (Percussion); Charles Wood (Harmonica)
  • Ensemble: Essential Music
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio