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On the Nature of Thingness: Music by Phyllis Chen and Nathan Davis / International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

Album Summary

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : Ghostlight, for prepared piano
>Chen, Phyllis [Toy Piano] : Hush, for prepared piano, toy piano & music boxes
>Chen, Phyllis [Toy Piano] : Chimers, for clarinet, violin, tuning forks & toy glockenspiel
>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : On Speaking a Hundred Names, for bassoon & live processing
>Chen, Phyllis [Toy Piano] : Beneath a Trace of Vapor, for flute & tape
>Dietz, Robert : Mobius, for 2 music boxes & electronics
>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : On the Nature of Thingness, for soprano & ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

This album, presented by "One of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music," (The New York Times) contains seven works. Six of these works are premiere recordings. This album includes compositions by Nathan Davis, Phyllis Chen, and Robert Dietz. The pieces include a myriad of instruments, including prepared piano, broken music box parts, metal bowls, and digital processing. The International Contemporary Ensemble cofounder Claire Chase comments that the music of Phyllis Chen "takes us by the hand and leads us back into the daunting and wondrous solitude of our childhoods."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 4Tune Studio (Vienna); Oktaven Audio; The Bunker Studio (Brooklyn).



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Works Details

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : Ghostlight, for prepared piano
  • Performer: Jacob Greenberg (Prepared Piano)
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Chen, Phyllis [Toy Piano] : Hush, for prepared piano, toy piano & music boxes
  • Performers: Phyllis Chen (Music Box); Phyllis Chen (Piano); Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano); Corey Smythe (Piano)
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Chen, Phyllis [Toy Piano] : Chimers, for clarinet, violin, tuning forks & toy glockenspiel
  • Performers: Eric Carlson (Trombone); Eric Carlson (Violin); Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano); Eric Lamb (Flute); Joshua Rubin (Clarinet); Joshua Rubin (Glockenspiel); Corey Smythe (Glockenspiel); Corey Smythe (Piano)
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : On Speaking a Hundred Names, for bassoon & live processing
  • Performer: Rebekah Heller (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Chen, Phyllis [Toy Piano] : Beneath a Trace of Vapor, for flute & tape
  • Performer: Eric Lamb (Flute)
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Dietz, Robert : Mobius, for 2 music boxes & electronics
  • Performers: Phyllis Chen (Electronics); Phyllis Chen (Music Box); Eric Lamb (Electronics); Eric Lamb (Music Box); Corey Smythe (Electronics); Corey Smythe (Music Box)
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano).
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Davis, Nathan [Tenor] : On the Nature of Thingness, for soprano & ensemble
  • Performers: Tony Arnold; David Byrd-Marrow (Horn); Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Cello); Eric Carlson (Vibraphone); Eric Carlson (Violin); Jennifer Curtis (Mandolin); Keats Dieffenbach (Mandolin); Keats Dieffenbach (Violin); Gareth Flowers (Toy Piano); Gareth Flowers (Trumpet); Jacob Greenberg (Drum); Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Daniel Lippel (Guitar); Campbell Macdonald; Adrian Morejan (Bassoon); Alice Teyssier (Flute)
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 18 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2011