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Almost Human / Maya Beiser

Album Summary

>Beglarian, Eve : I am writing to you from a far off country, for cello, voice & narrator
>Talbot, Joby : Motion Detector, for cello
>Talbot, Joby : Falling, for electric cello
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Notes & Reviews:

"The writings of the Belgian poet, Henri Michaux (1899-1984), are tinged with surrealism. The world he conjures in his prose poem "I am writing to you from a far-off country," is viscerally disturbing in its juxtaposition of the most mundane and familiar elements of life with unnervingly alien details, "Here, we have only one sun a month, and just for a little while," "Dwarves are born here continually," "You know the story of the flea in the drawer? Yes, of course. And how true it is, don't you think?" The cellist Maya Beiser became fascinated with the poem in her teens, and the American composer, Eve Beglarian, wrote a piece for her in 2006 that incorporates the poem. Beiser both plays the cello and recites the twelve sections of the poem, accompanied by electronics and a wordless vocalise sung by Alexandra Montano... The piece is hauntingly evocative and emotionally unnerving. Beglarian's music draws on folk traditions of her Armenian heritage as well as a variety of world musics, and effectively takes the poet's soulful imagery to an even deeper level of expressiveness. Beiser's performance of the wrenching score is passionate but beautifully controlled; the matter-of-factness with which she describes her far-off country only heightens its frightening otherness." -All Music



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>Beglarian, Eve : I am writing to you from a far off country, for cello, voice & narrator
  • Performers: Maya Beiser (Cello); Alexandra Montano (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Talbot, Joby : Motion Detector, for cello
  • Performer: Maya Beiser (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Talbot, Joby : Falling, for electric cello
  • Performer: Maya Beiser (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998