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James Weeks (b.1978): Signs of Occupation / Plus Minus Ensemble; Barcham-Stevens, vln.; Coates, cello; Knoop, piano; Wilkes, voice; Sparling, clarinet; Putt, guitar; Pioro, violin; Moore, viola; Coates, cello

Album Summary

>Weeks, James : Looping Busker Music, for clarinet, violin, guitar, accordion & tape
>Weeks, James : Trios (3) for piano trio & tape
>Weeks, James : Signs of Occupation, for speaker & clarinet
>Weeks, James : Digger, for guitar
>Weeks, James : Common Ground, for string trio
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Notes & Reviews:

Composer James Weeks is on the cutting edge of contemporary music. His works have been performed and broadcast all over the globe. This new release features all world premiere recordings of his work. Typically, Weeks focuses on small ensembles and soloists, trimming his music to a bare landscape and utilizing modalism, microtonality and other techniques in total clarity. These works are indeed sparse, tonally based, and minimalist. The repetitive but nevertheless evolving phrases develop over time, which is one of Weeks' key inspirations. One of the UK's most prominent new music figures, composer Christopher Fox, says of this release: "These seven works, these signs of occupation, are a welcome act of defiance, music that rewards careful listening and insists that the working together of musicians is a proper subject for our attention."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City University, London (01/20/2015); Red Gables Studio, London (01/20/2015); City University, London (02/22/2013); Red Gables Studio, London (02/22/2013); City University, London (11/27/2014); Red Gables Studio, London (11/27/2014).



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Works Details

>Weeks, James : Looping Busker Music, for clarinet, violin, guitar, accordion & tape
  • Ensemble: Plus Minus
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Weeks, James : Trios (3) for piano trio & tape
  • Performers: Olivia Coates (Cello); Mark Knoop (Piano); Marcus Stevens (Violin)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010-2011

>Weeks, James : Signs of Occupation, for speaker & clarinet
  • Performer: Andrew Sparling (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Weeks, James : Digger, for guitar
  • Performer: Alastair Putt (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Weeks, James : Common Ground, for string trio
  • Performers: Olivia Coates (Cello); Maxine Moore (Viola); Daniel Pioro (Violin)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2014