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'Rarefactions' The electroacoustic music of Jane Rigler (b.1981) / Jane Rigler, flutes, electronics; Janet Feder prepared guitar with assisting artists

Album Summary

>Rigler, Jane : Pulsar 1, for piccolo(s)
>Rigler, Jane : Heir, for piccolo & accordion
>Rigler, Jane : Rewind, for ensemble
>Rigler, Jane : Multiversed, for piccolo(s)
>Rigler, Jane : Quiver, for flutes & prepared guitar
>Rigler, Jane : Externally Rarefied, for ensemble
>Rigler, Jane : Oscillation, for prepared guitar
>Rigler, Jane : Mukta, for piccolo
>Rigler, Jane : Work(s)
>Rigler, Jane : Pulsar 2, for voice, bass flute, percussion & electronics
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Notes & Reviews:

Rarefactions, a collection of original compositions and improvisations by highly respected, contemporary flutist Jane Rigler, showcases her unique and moving conception of instrumental and electroacoustic music. Rigler's extraordinary instrumental technical skill allows her to produce distinctive sounds, which, in turn, create incredibly rich and nuanced colors and textures - often ones that are not associated with the flute. Rigler wants the listener to hear what she hears when she plays. In some works, she places an array of microphones along the length of a flute to capture air as it swirls through the tube. Through instrumental and electronic manipulation in the recording studio, Rigler creates the sense of soundwaves being opened up so the listener can hear what is inside them while in their state of rarefaction. Rigler conveys this attention to detail to a broader formal context in her collaborations with world-renowned improvisers Janet Feder, Shoko Nagai, and Satoshi Takeishi. Here Rigler builds compositional frames resulting from the improvisational process to produce unexpected musical trajectories. She interacts with these moments not only as part of the ensemble but as an insightful composer. She transforms and reorganizes many of the recorded improvisations so that normally fleeting sonic moments surface as primary materials. In her inimitable way, Rigler creates mesmerizing acoustic and electroacoustic works. This album, Rigler's debut as a composer, provides a glimpse into the fascinating sonic and collaborative world of a truly original artist. Celebrated flutist Robert Dick discusses the importance of Rigler's music in his characteristically lively manner as the author of the album's liner notes.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Jane Rigler's Rarefactions are "compositions via improvisations". That is, every sound heard on the record was originally part of a free improvisation. Later, some of these were "modified" into compositions. Perhaps improvisations like these would be more compelling in real time and in person. There has been plenty of improvised music that has been a success in the age of recording technology.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-).



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>Rigler, Jane : Pulsar 1, for piccolo(s)
  • Performer: Jane Rigler (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Heir, for piccolo & accordion
  • Performers: Shoko Nagai (Accordion); Jane Rigler (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Rewind, for ensemble
  • Performers: Janet Feder (Banjo); Janet Feder (Guitar); Shoko Nagai (Keyboards); Shoko Nagai (Piano); Jane Rigler (Electronics); Jane Rigler (Flute); Satoshi Takeishi (Electronics); Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Multiversed, for piccolo(s)
  • Performer: Jane Rigler (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Quiver, for flutes & prepared guitar
  • Performers: Janet Feder (Prepared Guitar); Jane Rigler (Flute)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Externally Rarefied, for ensemble
  • Performers: Janet Feder (Banjo); Janet Feder (Prepared Guitar); Shoko Nagai (Keyboards); Shoko Nagai (Piano); Jane Rigler (Electronics); Jane Rigler (Flute); Satoshi Takeishi (Electronics); Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Oscillation, for prepared guitar
  • Performer: Janet Feder (Prepared Guitar)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Mukta, for piccolo
  • Performer: Jane Rigler (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Work(s) :: 1. Internally Rarefied; 2. Undertow; 3. Rewound
  • Performers: Janet Feder (Banjo); Janet Feder (Piano); Janet Feder (Prepared Guitar); Shoko Nagai (Keyboards); Shoko Nagai (Piano); Jane Rigler (Electronics); Jane Rigler (Flute); Jane Rigler (Piccolo); Satoshi Takeishi (Electronics); Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rigler, Jane : Pulsar 2, for voice, bass flute, percussion & electronics
  • Performers: Jane Rigler (Electronics); Jane Rigler (Flute)
  • Notes: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO (2013-08-??_2013-11-??&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary