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BULTMANN, N.: 10 Viola Duets / From the Depths / Lucid / Suite for Solo Cello (Troubadour Blue) (Bultmann)

BULTMANN, N.: 10 Viola Duets / From the Depths / Lucid / Suite for Solo Cello (Troubadour Blue) (Bultmann)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


Parry Karp


Nils Bultmann


Hank Dutt


Stephen Kent



Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, California, United States


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Total Time - 55:36
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BULTMANN, N.: 10 Viola Duets / From the Depths / Lucid / Suite for Solo Cello (Troubadour Blue) (Bultmann)

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10 Viola Duets

1 No. 1. Joy 02:19
2 No. 2. Buzy Body 01:47
3 No. 3. Hesitant 01:59
4 No. 4. Augward and Dimented 01:50
5 No. 5. Babble Battle 01:33
6 No. 6. Sadness 03:51
7 No. 7. Tom and Jerry 02:00
8 No. 8. Accordionly 03:36
9 No. 9. Crazy Chicken Dance 01:17
10 No. 10. Ruby 03:19
 Nils Bultmann Soloist
  Hank Dutt Soloist

From the Depths

11 I. Enter 04:08
12 II. A reformed movement 02:29
13 III. The Headlands 02:26
14 IV. Deflation 03:40
 Nils Bultmann Soloist
  Stephen Kent Soloist


 Nils Bultmann Soloist

Suite for Solo Cello

16 I. Prelude (Joy) 02:19
17 II. Courante 03:33
18 III. Gig 02:01
19 IV. Edna Baras 02:25
20 V. Allegro 03:48
 Parry Karp Soloist

Nils Bultmann wears a lot of hats: violist, improviser, composer, collaborator. But Bultmann’s innova Recordings debut, Troubadour Blue, reveals that he’s been hard at work stitching all those hats together into one big enough to encompass all of his diverse interests. Falling into a luminous space between through-composition and improvisation, the music here proudly shows its roots in process.

“Ten Viola Duets” evolved organically over years, built from bits and pieces of solo improvisations and drawn out from sketches into complete works. Working with Kronos Quartet violist Hank Dutt helped Bultmann solidify and complete the collection of pieces.

Elsewhere, Bultmann explores the timbral relationship between the viola and the didjeridu in “From the Depths,” a multi-movement work honed from improvisational duets. For “Lucid,” Bultmann blends improvised material into a more structured piece in a work that he would frequently use to open up concerts as a way of arriving at the instruments and connecting with the audience. The album closes with “Suite for Solo Cello,” performed by Parry Karp and based on Bach’s “Cello Suite #1 in G Major,” a work that Bultmann calls a “foundational pillar of [his] musical life.”

Throughout, the pieces on Troubadour Blue share a peripatetic spirit, a desire to wander and explore, to be happy in the journey but also sure of a destination. By working with others, Bultmann expands his sense of his own work and in turn brings forth music that is open, warm-hearted and generous.

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