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Maya Beiser & Michael Harrison - Time Loops (2012)

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Maya Beiser & Michael Harrison - Time Loops (2012)

Maya Beiser & Michael Harrison - Time Loops (2012)
Contemporary Classical | Cantaloupe | 2012 | 60:24 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Booklet | Various File Hosts | 310 MB
Maya Beiser: cello(s), Michael Harrison: piano, Young People's Chorus of NYC, Francisco J. Nuñez: director, Payton MacDonald: tabla and shaker

Michael Harrison's (b. 1959) Just Ancient Loops, a kaleidoscopic, three-part meditation for cello, combines ancient scales and harmonies with contemporary looping techniques that make Beiser’s solo instrument sound like an orchestra. Meanwhile, Hijaz, a brilliantly schizophrenic work that veers between slow, lyrical passages and fast, rhythmic spasms, unites an aged Middle Eastern and North African mode with the youthful voices of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.


The cello is an ideal instrument for extensive multi-layering in performance-whether via pre-recorded tracks or live ensemble of multiple instruments-and arguably one of the performers who most expertly utilizes pre-recorded layers of sound is Maya Beiser. For the recording Time Loops she teams up with composer and pianist Michael Harrison to perform a number of Harrison's works inspired by "music from ancient Greece and the Renaissance, Indian ragas and Minimalism." All of his music is performed in just intonation, and the result is an ear-openingly clear, bright sound that fits the instrument beautifully and highlights the ecstatic, spiritual nature of the compositions. The album begins with the three-movement Just Ancient Loops, which is by far the strongest and most engaging work on the disc. The first movement, titled "Genesis," opens with bubbling, virtuosic pizzicato lines over a steady drone. This is soon joined by soaring melodic lines juxtaposed with hunks of chordal material that take a loose chorus-verse song format. The layers gradually pile up on one another and are then stripped away to reveal more minimal textures with opening lines peeking out from the melodic forest, only to snowball again and again.
Alexandra Gardner, New Music Box


Track List:

Harrison, Michael
Just Ancient Loops
1. I. Genesis 00:10:08
2. II. Chorale 00:05:37
3. III. Ascension 00:08:38

4. Time Loops 00:02:42

Gounod, Charles-Francois / Bach, Johann Sebastian
5. Ave Maria (arr. for cello and piano) 00:03:05

Part, Arvo
6. Spiegel im Spiegel 00:09:41

Harrison, Michael
7. Raga Prelude I (Yaman) 00:08:01
8. Hijaz 00:12:32

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Read more about Maya Beiser here.
Read more about Project Just Ancient Loops here.

3% recovery record is included.

Of related interest:

Maya Beiser - Provenance (2010) Link

More contemporary American and European music is available at my blog.