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Early Musings: New Music for Violin - Works by Kilian Afzalirad, Tyler Entelisano, Corey Fant, Derek Holden, Tyler Jones, Balee Pongklad, J.M. Smith, J.R. Speake, Jared Bradley Tubbs, Thomas L. Wilson / Davis Brooks, violin & electric violin

Album Summary

>Pongklad, Balee : Ride, for violin
>Entelisano, Tyler : Otherworldly Shimmer, for violin & fixed media
>Fant, Corey : ...Of the Mind, for violin
>Fant, Corey : ...Of the Eyes, for violin
>Holden, Derek : Break Off the Aubergine Crystal Skin, for electric violin & electronics
>Smith, James McKee : Shroud, the Shadow, for violin
>Wilson, Thomas : The Reflections of My Introverted Sneakers, for violin & electronics
>Jones, Tyler : Solitude, for violin
>Afzalirad, Kilian : Drama of the Dirt, for violin & tape
>Speake, J.R. : Caper Fair, for violin
>Tubbs, Jared Bradley : Unknown Conversations, for violin
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Early Musings presents a comprehensive collection of new works for solo violin composed by American and American-based composers, almost all of whom were born after 1990. Though young, these composers' music speaks to the core strengths of solo violin repertoire, a genre that has represented a prominent pillar in the Western chambe rmusic canon since the seventeenth century. Across it's ten composers, Early Musings remains impressive in it's variety and range of musical expression. In addition to each pieces's strengths, violinist Davis Brooks also succeeds beautifully at embodying the musical landscape of a given composition. To this end, nearly all the album's pieces feature a traditional instrumentation, in so far as they used an unmodified violin, except for one notable outlier. Early Musings is the culmination of a four-month teaching and recording project between violinist Davis Brooks and ten youn gcomposers from Alabama. The compositions achieve a marked variety of styles while all highlighting the same instrumentation and to make it even more special, all composers on this release are students or recent graduates of the University of Alabama.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (02/2016-04/2016).



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Works Details

>Pongklad, Balee : Ride, for violin
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Entelisano, Tyler : Otherworldly Shimmer, for violin & fixed media
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fant, Corey : ...Of the Mind, for violin
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fant, Corey : ...Of the Eyes, for violin
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Holden, Derek : Break Off the Aubergine Crystal Skin, for electric violin & electronics
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smith, James McKee : Shroud, the Shadow, for violin
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wilson, Thomas : The Reflections of My Introverted Sneakers, for violin & electronics
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jones, Tyler : Solitude, for violin
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Afzalirad, Kilian : Drama of the Dirt, for violin & tape
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Speake, J.R. : Caper Fair, for violin
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tubbs, Jared Bradley : Unknown Conversations, for violin
  • Performer: Davis Brooks (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary