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Thrum - Music for Guitar Quartet by Daniel Roumain, David Thomas, Van Stiefel & Gao Hong / Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

> Ghetto Strings - I. Harlem
> Ghetto Strings - II. Liberty City
> Ghetto Strings - III. Motor City
> Ghetto Strings - IV. Haiti
> Thrum - I. Simply, with feeling
> Thrum - II. Broad and unhurried
> Thrum - III. With easy movement
> Cinama Castaneda - I. What the Train Remembered
> Cinama Castaneda - II. Brujo
> Cinama Castaneda - III. Chuck to Now
> Cinama Castaneda - IV. Strange Days
> Cinama Castaneda - V. Seeping Borders I
> Cinama Castaneda - VI. Apologies
> Cinama Castaneda - VII. Dying Cowboy
> Cinama Castaneda - VIII. Seeping Borders II
> Cinama Castaneda - IX. Con Dios
> Cinama Castaneda - X. Second Coming
> Guangxi Impression - I. Tiaodan Dance
> Guangxi Impression - II. Summer Cicada
> Guangxi Impression - III. Celebrating the Harvest

Album Summary

>Roumain, Daniel Bernard : Ghetto Strings, for 4 guitars
>Thomas, David Evan : Thrum, for 4 guitars
>Stiefel, Van : Cinema Castaneda, for 4 guitars
>Hong, Gao : Guangxi Impression, for pipa & 4 guitars
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Since the release of their debut album, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet have established themselves as master arrangers and interpreters of music from a broad range of genres and time periods. With their fifth release, Thrum, the ensemble returns to their roots with four world premiere recordings of compositions written for the MGQ in the last decade.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
I have reviewed Daniel Bernard Roumain in concert before. He is a fascinating artist, from the city of Margate, a few miles from my home near Ft Lauderdale. His family is Haitian, and his music includes Caribbean influence along with classical violin, rock, and hiphop. His performances use extensive improvisation, and I hear a similar approach in these compositions. Each of the four movements of Ghetto Strings recalls a place Roumain has lived - Harlem, Detroit, Liberty City (a depressed section of Miami), and Haiti. The effect is spontaneous and expressive. Van Stiefel's Cinema Castaneda is a one movement work divided into ten brief sections. It was inspired by ethnomusicologist John Lomax's collection of Cowboy songs (that, and some of his later work was important to Copland's Americana period). We have quotes of cowboy songs, along with Chuck Berry, the Doors, 'The Dying Cowboy', passages for the players to sing. It somehow holds together and builds to a really satisfying climax. Gao Hong is Chinese, and her Guangxi Impressions is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese music, enhanced by her participation with the quartet on the pipa, a Chinese plucked stringed instrument. Like Stiefel's work, it is also played without pause and also calls on the players to vocalize. Guangxi is a province in southern China with no less than 48 ethnic groups. The suite celebrates the agricultural life of the people of that region and builds to a joyous climax. The MGQ's playing is faultless. They are expressive, with a large dynamic and timbral range, perfect ensemble, and an inventive approach to these quite different pieces. Four strong pieces, one a masterpiece, all in excellent performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wild Sound, Minneapolis, MN (2011-2012).



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Works Details

>Roumain, Daniel Bernard : Ghetto Strings, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 23 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thomas, David Evan : Thrum, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 17 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Stiefel, Van : Cinema Castaneda, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Hong, Gao : Guangxi Impression, for pipa & 4 guitars
  • Performer: Gao Hong (Pipa)
  • Ensemble: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music