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Gary Smart (b.1943): Chamber Music; "Bright Eyed Fancy" / Gary Smart, piano; Guy Yehuda, clarinet; Simon Shiao, violin; Nick Curry, cello; Michael Bovenzi, saxophone; Michael Taylor, vibraphone

Album Summary

>Smart, Gary : Prayer, for clarinet
>Smart, Gary : Bright Eyed Fancy, for violin, cello & piano
>Smart, Gary : Child's Play, for clarinet & tenor saxophone
>Smart, Gary : Mandela, for clarinet & piano
>Smart, Gary : Sonata in Fancy, for cello & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording contains a representative collection of composer Gary Smart's small chamber music works. Strings, winds, percussion, and piano are used in various groupings -- some traditional, some not. Smart's tendency is to make use of American rhythms and stylistic gestures, but other influences can be heard as well. Quite a diverse set of compositions, but the majority of them center on the clarinet, inspired by the composer's friendship with Guy Yehuda. A unique musician -- composer-pianist Gary Smart writes music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, world musics and jazz, as well as the Western classical tradition. This is the fifth recording of his music to appear on the Albany Records label.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The University of North Florida Fine Arts Center, Jacks.



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Works Details

>Smart, Gary : Prayer, for clarinet
  • Performer: Guy Yehuda (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smart, Gary : Bright Eyed Fancy, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Nick Curry (Cello); Simon Shaiao (Violin); Gary Smart (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Smart, Gary : Child's Play, for clarinet & tenor saxophone
  • Performers: Michael Bovenzl; Guy Yehuda (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smart, Gary : Mandela, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Gary Smart (Piano); Guy Yehuda (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smart, Gary : Sonata in Fancy, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Gary Smart (Piano); Michael Taylor (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary