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Keeril Makan: Afterglow / International Contemporary Ensemble

Album Summary

>Makan, Keeril : Mercury Songbirds, for alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
>Makan, Keeril : Husk, for flute, oboe & harp
>Makan, Keeril : Afterglow, for piano
>Makan, Keeril : Becoming Unknown, for flute/bass flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet & double bass
>Makan, Keeril : Mu, for violin
>Makan, Keeril : After Forgetting, for clarinet, piano, percussion, violin & cello
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Keeril Makan (b. 1972) composes without assumed expectations of an instrument's sound or a performer's capabilities, but by exploring the possible, by discovering the beautiful in the unexpected and following where that beauty leads. Makan's relationship to the world of sounds has it connection to the work of Edgard Varese and John Cage and by a broad American experimental tradition, with touchstones in the work of some of the European modernists.

Afterglowis the outcome of hours spent listening to the harmonic resonance of specific note and chords, and to the durations of the resonances. The simplicity of the materials beguiles the listener into hearing beyond the immediate gesture to become aware of its "afterglow," the sympathetic vibrations of the unplayed strings within the piano.

In Mufor prepared violin, Makan experimented with the placement of paper clips in the strings about an inch and two inches in front of bridge, in the area normally traversed by the bow, and in the score asks the violinist to explore further the different sounds made possible by adjusting the bow relative to the clips.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oktaven Studio, Yonkers, NY (05/18/2011-05/19/2011).



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Works Details

>Makan, Keeril : Mercury Songbirds, for alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
  • Conductor: Adam Sliwinski
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Notes: Oktaven Studio, Yonkers, NY (05/18/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Makan, Keeril : Husk, for flute, oboe & harp
  • Performers: Eric Lamb (Flute); Nuiko Wadden (Harp); James Smith (Oboe)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studio, Yonkers, NY (05/18/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2006

>Makan, Keeril : Afterglow, for piano
  • Performer: Corey Smythe (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studio, Yonkers, NY (05/18/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Makan, Keeril : Becoming Unknown, for flute/bass flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet & double bass
  • Conductor: Eric Carlson
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Notes: Oktaven Studio, Yonkers, NY (05/18/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2010

>Makan, Keeril : Mu, for violin
  • Performer: Eric Carlson (Violin)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studio, Yonkers, NY (05/18/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Makan, Keeril : After Forgetting, for clarinet, piano, percussion, violin & cello
  • Conductor: Adam Sliwinski
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Notes: Oktaven Studio, Yonkers, NY (05/18/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009