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TIC - Common Sense Composers' Collective - Mellits, et al

Album Summary

>Mellits, Marc : Spam
>Reynolds, Belinda : coming around...
>Harsh, Edward : not a single night's sky
>Woolf, Randall : Alternative Music, for chamber ensemble
>Becker, Dan : S.T.I.C.
>Yarnell, Carolyn : Lapis lazuli
>Halle, John : Vox Pop
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

It's been nearly a decade since the music of the Common Sense Composers' Collective first surfaced on CD. Their first disc challenged the rarified asceticism of the then still-reigning though waning contemporary music orthodoxy with joyous abandon. Even the disc's cover, featuring eight clearly fun-loving folks, already dented the wall of solemnity that is suggested by the ubiquitous dour tweed-suit mug shots on the covers of many contemporary music recordings. But, ultimately, it was the sheer persuasiveness of the music that crashed down those walls. This group is now entering its second decade and so far has commissioned 62 new works. The pieces contained on this new release were originally written in 1996 in collaboration with the members of the Alternate Currents Performance Ensemble. They are joined on this CD by the New Millennium Ensemble, a mixed sextet of winds, strings, piano and percussion founded in 1990. The mission of all the performers heard on this disc, remains one of collaboration and community. They workshop the compositions through a process one would find more in the dance world than in the classical music world. Many of these works, which began with Common Sense, have found a new home with The New Millennium Ensemble, underlining a new collaborative dynamic and sense of joy in music-making.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Anna Lim (violin); Tara Helen O'Connor (flute); Marianne Gythfeldt (clarinet); John Ferrari (percussion).

Recording information: Perfoming Arts Center, Recital Hall C, SUNY Purchase, N.



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Works Details

>Mellits, Marc : Spam
  • Performers: John Ferrari (Percussion); Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Greg Hesselink (Cello); Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Sunghae Lim (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Flute)
  • Ensemble: New Millennium Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Reynolds, Belinda : coming around...
  • Performers: John Ferrari (Percussion); Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Greg Hesselink (Cello); Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Sunghae Lim (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Flute)
  • Ensemble: New Millennium Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Harsh, Edward : not a single night's sky
  • Performers: John Ferrari (Percussion); Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Greg Hesselink (Cello); Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Sunghae Lim (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Flute)
  • Ensemble: New Millennium Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Woolf, Randall : Alternative Music, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: John Ferrari (Percussion); Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Greg Hesselink (Cello); Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Sunghae Lim (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Flute)
  • Ensemble: New Millennium Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Becker, Dan : S.T.I.C.
  • Performers: John Ferrari (Percussion); Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Greg Hesselink (Cello); Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Sunghae Lim (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Flute)
  • Ensemble: New Millennium Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Yarnell, Carolyn : Lapis lazuli
  • Performers: John Ferrari (Percussion); Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Greg Hesselink (Cello); Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Sunghae Lim (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Flute)
  • Ensemble: New Millennium Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Halle, John : Vox Pop
  • Performers: John Ferrari (Percussion); Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Greg Hesselink (Cello); Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Sunghae Lim (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Flute)
  • Ensemble: New Millennium Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996
  • Studio/Live: Studio