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Philip Thompson: Separate Self; "Ionsound Project" / Peggy Yoo, flute; Kathleen Costello, clarinet; Laura Motchalov, violin; Jack Kurutz, piano; Elisa Kohanski, cello

Album Summary

>Thompson, Philip : Trouble, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Thompson, Philip : Separate Self, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & drum set
>Thompson, Philip : Nocturnes, for violin, viola & cello
>Thompson, Philip : Kecow Hit Tamen, for narrators, flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Thompson, Philip : Virgil Cantini
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pittsburgh-based composer Philip Thompson presents SEPARATE SELF, his debut release on Ravello Records. Thompson writes that the release is "a reflection of the creative energy that comes from being deeply rooted in a vibrant artistic community." True to this communal spirit, several of the pieces were composed in collaboration with artists from different disciplines - from robotics and dance with Separate Self to visual art with Nocturnes to film with the score to Will Zavala's documentary Virgil Cantini: The Artist in Public. In the more introspective pieces, Thompson retains a spirit of interaction with the world around him. He uses a medieval chant as the cantus firmus foundation of Trouble , and with Kecow hit tamen, explores his ancestral roots in the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina through its history and language. At times, Thompson's music is delicate and atmospheric, the distinct sounds of his instrumental palette shifting and rearranging across his musical canvas. In other moments, he captures a kinetic current, sending sounds rippling and tumbling into one another. The collaborative Pittsburgh ensemble IonSound Project, violist Marylne Gingras-Roy, and percussionist/producer Ryan Socrates perform Thompson's colorful compositions, filling out the vibrant artistic community displayed in this release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Audible Images Recordings Studios in Pittsburgh PA (09/22/2015/09/23/2015).



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Works Details

>Thompson, Philip : Trouble, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Kathryn Costello (Clarinet); Rob Frankenberry (Piano); Elisa Kohanski (Cello); Laura Motchalov (Violin); Peggy Yoo (Flute)
  • Ensemble: IonSound Project
  • Notes: Audible Images Recordings Studios in Pittsburgh PA (09/22/2015/09/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Thompson, Philip : Separate Self, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & drum set
  • Performers: Kathryn Costello (Clarinet); Elisa Kohanski (Cello); Jack Kurutz (Piano); Laura Motchalov (Violin); Ryan Socrates (Drums); Peggy Yoo (Flute)
  • Ensemble: IonSound Project
  • Notes: Audible Images Recordings Studios in Pittsburgh PA (09/22/2015/09/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Thompson, Philip : Nocturnes, for violin, viola & cello
  • Performers: Marylene Gingras-Roy (Viola); Elisa Kohanski (Cello); Laura Motchalov (Violin)
  • Ensemble: IonSound Project
  • Notes: Audible Images Recordings Studios in Pittsburgh PA (09/22/2015/09/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2014

>Thompson, Philip : Kecow Hit Tamen, for narrators, flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: David Bernabo; Kathryn Costello (Clarinet); Rob Frankenberry (Piano); Elisa Kohanski (Cello); Megan Lindsey; Laura Motchalov (Violin); Jay Roszman; Rachel Roszman; Burr Settles; Natalie Settles; Gaea Thompson; Philip Thompson; Peggy Yoo (Flute)
  • Ensemble: IonSound Project
  • Notes: Audible Images Recordings Studios in Pittsburgh PA (09/22/2015/09/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Thompson, Philip : Virgil Cantini :: The Artist in Public, film score
  • Performers: Elisa Kohanski (Cello); Jack Kurutz (Piano); Peggy Yoo (Flute)
  • Ensemble: IonSound Project
  • Notes: Audible Images Recordings Studios in Pittsburgh PA (09/22/2015/09/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 09/2009