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Let Others Name You / Tenzer, Christ-Kato, Ossia Ensemble

Audio Samples

>Tenzer, Michael : Unstable Center
>Tenzer, Michael : Invention and Etude
>Tenzer, Michael : Underleaf
>Tenzer, Michael : Resolution

Album Summary

>Tenzer, Michael : Unstable Center
>Tenzer, Michael : Invention and Etude
>Tenzer, Michael : Underleaf
>Tenzer, Michael : Resolution
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This collection of five pieces firmly situates composer and ethnomusicologist Michael Tenzer (b. 1957) in the forefront of a group of contemporary composers creating cross-cultural musical and social fusions. The three large-scale works using gamelan instruments were conceived as a triptych. They are related structurally by their adaptation of the three-sectional form often found in large-scale Balinese compositions. All of the pieces in this collection use the aesthetic sensibilities, musical structures, and compositional resources of Balinese and South Indian traditions, as well as Western art music in varying combinations.

"I remember Michael Tenzer as a fellow classmate from my first college composition course. He was quick, vocal, incredibly musical. And he's turned out to be perhaps the pre-eminent composer/ethnomusicologist of his generation. He's one of the most renowned scholars of Balinese gamelan...What distinguishes Tenzer above all is his creative engagement with the field...The stunner of this collection is the first, Unstable Center (2003), for two gamelans. This shows off Tenzer's chops in both directions. The piece feels like it emerges directly form its tradition, yet it goes in directions that could only occur from an encounter with the West...this is something remarkable." - Robert Carl, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Tenzer, Michael : Unstable Center
  • Ensemble: Sanggar Çudamani
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tenzer, Michael : Invention and Etude
  • Performers: Naoko Christ-Kato (Piano); Naoko Christ-Kato (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tenzer, Michael : Underleaf
  • Performers: Malcom Aiken (Trumpet); A.K. Coope (Clarinet); Corey Hamm (Electric Piano); Francois Houle (Clarinet); Kristan Kuntz (Saxophone); François Levesque (Trombone); Rachel Lowry (Trumpet); Colin MacDonald (Saxophone); Rod Murray (Trombone); A.K. Coope (Clarinet); Corey Hamm; François Levesque (Trombone); Kristan Kuntz (Saxophone); Malcom Aiken (Trumpet); Rachel Lowry (Trumpet); Rod Murray (Trombone)
  • Ensemble: Sanggar Çudamani
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tenzer, Michael : Resolution
  • Performers: I Sudirana (Drums); Michael Tenzer (Drums); Michael Tenzer (Drums); Wayan Sudirana (Drums)
  • Conductor: David Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Ossia Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern