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Eric Moe: Kick & Ride / Gil Rose, Robert Schulz

Audio Samples

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Superhero, tone poem
>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Eight Point Turn, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, bass, percussion & piano
>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Kick & Ride, concerto for drum set & orchestra

Album Summary

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Superhero, tone poem
>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Eight Point Turn, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, bass, percussion & piano
>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Kick & Ride, concerto for drum set & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In Eric Moe: Kick & Ride, BMOP/sound presents a selection of winning works that manage to be exuberant, complex, engaging and hip. Featuring Grammy-nominated percussionist Robert Schulz, this recording captures Moe's "fascination with the musical shape-shifting made possible by trap set percussion." About this selection of his works, Moe writes: "The three pieces recorded here are cantankerous sisters. Embedded in their common DNA is a gene for dramatic narrative - the creation of suspense, the frustration and fulfillment of expectations... The listener will note the footprints marking evolutionary trails leading from Eight Point Turn through SUPERHERO to Kick & Ride. But the individual qualities of these self-assertive pieces are probably of greater interest."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Merrimack College, North Andover, MA.

Eric Moe is one of a group of young American composers who have at long last threaded the needle between popular accessiblity and rigorous procedure, and these enthusiastic performances by Boston Modern Orchestra Project give a good introduction to his work. With percussion as a central element, he forges a high-spirited language that can incorporate popular influences without being obvious about it, and if you're looking for something that's a bit more rhythmically angular than the Stravinskian essays of Michael Daugherty in the same vein, give Moe a try. Of the Moe works recorded here, the opening "Superhero" (2008), which cheekily refers to both comic books and Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben," may be the most successful. Moe likes to use pedal points and develop suspenseful moments out of them in a variety of unexpected ways, and the short sections of this work make for an exciting and delightful ride that's worthy of the subject matter. The longer "Eight Point Turn" and the two-movement "Kick & Ride" (the title referring to the kick drum and cymbal ride of a jazz percussion set) pack in a wider variety of pop culture references. The second movement of "Kick & Ride" involves a nifty rhythmic manipulation of the old surf-rock hit "Wipeout," but you may find the overall structure less clear. In any event, these are entertaining works that orchestral programmers beyond the contemporary sphere would do well to get to know. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Superhero, tone poem
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 13 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Eight Point Turn, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, bass, percussion & piano
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2001

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Kick & Ride, concerto for drum set & orchestra
  • Performer: Robert Schulz (Drum Set)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 28 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2008