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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

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."


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