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Christopher Shelties (b.1957): An Illusion of Desire - Experimental Music / Christopher Shultis, voice, percussion; Douglas Nottingham, theremin; Crossing 32nd Street; LINKS Ensemble

Album Summary

>Shultis, Christopher : Oneiro, for 3 percussionists
>Shultis, Christopher : Metaphysics, for voice & electronics
>Shultis, Christopher : 4-7-3, for percussion duo & electronics
>Shultis, Christopher : Gesturing Hands, for theremin
>Shultis, Christopher : Friends, for crotales & piano
>Shultis, Christopher : motion/less, for solo percussionist
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Notes & Reviews:

Christopher Shultis, one of the world's foremost experts on John Cage and American experimental music, presents his earliest compositions in this historical document, which chronicles his transition from percussionist extraordinaire to fearless composer. Three things motivated the creation of this profoundly spiritual music: Shultis's tragic and still undiagnosed hand injuries, which forced him to stop playing all together, the personal connections he made with dozens of important composers through the ensemble he directed, and Shultis's extensive research in American Studies.

The album presents new recordings of five of Shultis's early works as well as a downloadable remastered bonus track performed by Shultis himself in the late 1980s. The music is beautifully performed, recorded and produced by some of Shultis's former students, musicians who premiered the works shortly after their composition. This lends to the recordings a rare deep understanding, aesthetic conviction, and authenticity. Shultis's influence can be heard in the well-respected Crossing 32nd Street and LINKS Ensemble, which are both largely comprised of students trained by Shultis in his percussion studio or in the University of New Mexico Percussion Ensemble.



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Works Details

>Shultis, Christopher : Oneiro, for 3 percussionists
  • Performers: Simone Mancuso (Percussion); Doug Nottingham (Percussion); Brett Reed (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Crossing 32nd Street
  • Running Time: 18 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1988

>Shultis, Christopher : Metaphysics, for voice & electronics
  • Performers: Barry Moon (Programming); Christopher Shultis (Voice)
  • Ensemble: LINKS Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Shultis, Christopher : 4-7-3, for percussion duo & electronics
  • Performers: Robert Esler (Percussion); Simone Mancuso (Percussion); Doug Nottingham (Electronics); Doug Nottingham (Piano); Brett Reed (Vibraphone); Christopher Shultis (Tamtam)
  • Ensemble: Crossing 32nd Street
  • Running Time: 25 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Shultis, Christopher : Gesturing Hands, for theremin
  • Performer: Doug Nottingham (Theremin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Shultis, Christopher : Friends, for crotales & piano
  • Performers: John Bartlit (Piano); Doug Nottingham (Electronics); Christopher Shultis (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Links Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Shultis, Christopher : motion/less, for solo percussionist
  • Performer: Christopher Shultis (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988