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Spin / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Album Summary

>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Turn to the Sea, for 4 guitars
>York, Andrew : Hidden Realm of Light, for 4 guitars
>York, Andrew : Spin, for guitar orchestra (or 4 guitars)
>Duddell, Joe : Freaky Dancer, for 4 guitars & percussion
>York, Andrew : Quiccan, for guitar quartet
>Johanson, Bryan : Catwalk, for 4 guitars
>York, Andrew : Night Furniture, for 4 guitars & percussion
>Dunne, Matthew : Did You See the Moon Last Night?, for 4 guitars
>Pritchard, David : Stairs, for 4 acoustic, steel-string guitars
>Mendoza, Vince : Solstice Poem, for 4 guitars
>Bogdanovic, Dusan : Stirfry, for 4 guitars
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

LAGQ, the acclaimed acoustic guitar ensemble that has made a career out of extracting brilliant original compositions from a rich and organic stew of stylistic and cultural perspectives, takes another eclectic ride with the release of Spin. The album title comes from a piece composed by York, who took his initial inspiration from a line of poetry written by a friend: "Let love spin you around and around..." York was suddenly aware of the various and diverse meanings of the word "spin."

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Grammy-winning ensemble that has spent the past quarter century extracting brilliant music from a rich and organic stew of stylistic and cultural perspectives, takes an eclectic ride with the release of LAGQ Spin. The album marks the third Telarc recording for guitarists John Dearman, Bill Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Andrew York, the innovative foursome collectively known as LAGQ. Telarc. 2006.

Notes & Reviews:

On Spin, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet offer a completely approachable and pleasant but still intelligent and often complex program of pieces by living composers, among them several members of the group. William Kanengiser contributes "Turn to the Sea," a gorgeous and inventive tune that incorporates the tuning and retuning of the guitars as part of its melodic structure (though, inexplicably, that section of the piece is only included in the version that closes the album; the one that opens the album skips the scordatura sections). Andrew York's "Hidden Realms of Light" and "Spin" are among the program's loveliest, but its best is the misleadingly titled "Freaky Dancer." If you're expecting greasy funk, think again: imagine Steve Reich composing a flamenco tune for a music box. Elsewhere, there's a gorgeous three-part suite for guitars and marimba by York, and an even better five-part suite by Vince Mendoza titled "Solstice Poem." Though it's no less pretty than the other works featured here, it's a bit more challenging and crunchy; the section titled "Variation III," in particular, fairly bristles with tritone passages. If the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's billing as a "crossover" act has kept you from giving them a listen before, this album offers a good opportunity to overcome your prejudice and give them an honest listen. It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed by this wonderful album. ~ Rick Anderson



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>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Turn to the Sea, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>York, Andrew : Hidden Realm of Light, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>York, Andrew : Spin, for guitar orchestra (or 4 guitars)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Duddell, Joe : Freaky Dancer, for 4 guitars & percussion
  • Performer: Colin Currie (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.

>York, Andrew : Quiccan, for guitar quartet
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johanson, Bryan : Catwalk, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>York, Andrew : Night Furniture, for 4 guitars & percussion
  • Performers: Colin Currie (Percussion); Colin Currie (Marimba); Colin Currie (Dumbek)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dunne, Matthew : Did You See the Moon Last Night?, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.

>Pritchard, David : Stairs, for 4 acoustic, steel-string guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.

>Mendoza, Vince : Solstice Poem, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Bogdanovic, Dusan : Stirfry, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Turn to the Sea, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: O'Henry Sound Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/2005-03/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary