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David Arend: Astral Travels / David Arend, double bass; Salim Washington, saxophone; Moravian PO, Vronsky, Petrdlik

Album Summary

>Arend, David : Sequoia Sempervirens, for double bass & orchestra
>Arend, David : Voyager
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On his eclectic Navona debut, the composer and double bassist David Arend explores several frontiers in a collection that features the Moravian Philharmonic and special guest tenor saxophone player Salim Washington. Straddling the idioms of new music, jazz and electro-acoustic music, Arend's compositions similarly cover a rich sonic landscape informed with his multi-genre sensibilities.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
David Arend is a composer and player of the double bass. His music is attractively tonal and colorfully scored for orchestra. Sequoia Sempervirens is a 12- minute suite written in 2010 that takes us through a night in a California Redwood forest. It is over before one expected it to be. Voyager is more concerned with jazz expression and adds a saxophone to the trip. We are taken on the spacecraft voyages to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and beyond. There is a good deal of improvisation involved, and this work lasts more than half an hour. It is pleasant to listen to. I liked Sequoia very well. Both soloists play with conviction, and the orchestra joins them together well, as does the recorded sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic (01/08/2015); Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic (01/09/2015/01/10/2015).



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Works Details

>Arend, David : Sequoia Sempervirens, for double bass & orchestra
  • Performer: David Arend (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Arend, David : Voyager :: Three Sheets to the Wind, for tenor sax, double bass & orchestra
  • Performers: David Arend (Double Bass); Salim Washington
  • Conductor: Jiri Petrdlik
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic (01/09/2015/01/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013-2014