Spin / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Album Summary

>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Turn to the Sea, for 4 guitars
>York, Andrew : Hidden Realm of Light, for 4 guitars
>York, Andrew : Spin, for guitar orchestra (or 4 guitars)
>Duddell, Joe : Freaky Dancer, for 4 guitars & percussion
>York, Andrew : Quiccan, for guitar quartet
>Johanson, Bryan : Catwalk, for 4 guitars
>York, Andrew : Night Furniture, for 4 guitars & percussion
>Dunne, Matthew : Did You See the Moon Last Night?, for 4 guitars
>Pritchard, David : Stairs, for 4 acoustic, steel-string guitars
>Mendoza, Vince : Solstice Poem, for 4 guitars
>Bogdanovic, Dusan : Stirfry, for 4 guitars
Performers Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

On Spin, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet offer a completely approachable and pleasant but still intelligent and often complex program of pieces by living composers, among them several members of the group. William Kanengiser contributes "Turn to the Sea," a gorgeous and inventive tune that incorporates the tuning and retuning of the guitars as part of its melodic structure (though, inexplicably, that section of the piece is only included in the version that closes the album; the one that opens the album skips the scordatura sections). Andrew York's "Hidden Realms of Light" and "Spin" are among the program's loveliest, but its best is the misleadingly titled "Freaky Dancer." If you're expecting greasy funk, think again: imagine Steve Reich composing a flamenco tune for a music box. Elsewhere, there's a gorgeous three-part suite for guitars and marimba by York, and an even better five-part suite by Vince Mendoza titled "Solstice Poem." Though it's no less pretty than the other works featured here, it's a bit more challenging and crunchy; the section titled "Variation III," in particular, fairly bristles with tritone passages. If the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's billing as a "crossover" act has kept you from giving them a listen before, this album offers a good opportunity to overcome your prejudice and give them an honest listen. It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed by this wonderful album. ~ Rick Anderson



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Works Details

>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Turn to the Sea, for 4 guitars
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>York, Andrew : Hidden Realm of Light, for 4 guitars
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>York, Andrew : Spin, for guitar orchestra (or 4 guitars)
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Duddell, Joe : Freaky Dancer, for 4 guitars & percussion
  • Performers: Colin Currie (Percussion); Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.

>York, Andrew : Quiccan, for guitar quartet
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johanson, Bryan : Catwalk, for 4 guitars
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>York, Andrew : Night Furniture, for 4 guitars & percussion
  • Performers: Colin Currie (Percussion); Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dunne, Matthew : Did You See the Moon Last Night?, for 4 guitars
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.

>Pritchard, David : Stairs, for 4 acoustic, steel-string guitars
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.

>Mendoza, Vince : Solstice Poem, for 4 guitars
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Bogdanovic, Dusan : Stirfry, for 4 guitars
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Turn to the Sea, for 4 guitars
  • Performers: Andrew York (Guitar); John Dearman (Guitar); Bill Kanengiser (Guitar); Scott Tennant (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary