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BECKER, D.: Fade / Gridlock / 5 ReInventions / Keeping Time / A Dream of Waking (D. Becker, Common Sense Ensemble, New Millennium Ensemble)

BECKER, D.: Fade / Gridlock / 5 ReInventions / Keeping Time / A Dream of Waking (D. Becker, Common Sense Ensemble, New Millennium Ensemble)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Common Sense Ensemble

Ensemble

New Millennium Ensemble

Ensemble

Dan Becker

Soloist

Common Sense Ensemble

Chamber

New Millennium Ensemble

Chamber

Venue:

4348 Studios, San Francisco, California, United States

Venue

American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, New York, United States

Venue

Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 52:49
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BECKER, D.: Fade / Gridlock / 5 ReInventions / Keeping Time / A Dream of Waking (D. Becker, Common Sense Ensemble, New Millennium Ensemble)

     
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DAN BECKER

     
1 

Gridlock

06:40
 Common Sense Ensemble Ensemble
     
2 

5 ReInventions: ReInvention 1a

02:59
 Dan Becker Soloist
     
3 

Fade

09:09
 New Millennium Ensemble Ensemble
     
 

5 ReInventions

 
4 ReInvention 3F 02:16
5 ReInvention 4f 03:25
 Dan Becker Soloist
     
 

Keeping Time

 
6 I. — 04:43
7 II. — 06:51
 New Millennium Ensemble Ensemble
     
 

5 ReInventions

 
8 ReInvention 5d 02:08
9 ReInvention 2c 02:05
 Dan Becker Soloist
     
10 

A Dream of Waking

12:33
 New Millennium Ensemble Ensemble
     


As composer Dan Becker’s debut solo album, Fade is a manifesto of sorts, exploring his fascination with process in all its forms. “Not just musical ones,” he says, “but sociological, mathematical, and natural processes as well. I fancy I can almost ‘see’ them unfolding and whirling around me; all whizzing by, colliding, merging, often intersecting. I find great delight in this.”

Interspersed throughout the album is a set of five “ReInventions”, essentially “cover tunes” of five of JS Bach’s Inventions (played with cyborg-like panache by a Disklavier “player piano”). Becker asks the question: “What would happen if one injected some postminimal processes into the preexisting ones already embedded in the DNA of these Inventions?” These “ReInventions” are the result of that chemical reaction (think Nancarrow meets Bach on Reich’s stoop.)

Other more personal chamber works fill out the album. The opener "Gridlock", Becker’s most performed work and a predictable favorite with musicians and audiences alike, has been called by Kyle Gann a “virtual manifesto for postminimalist formalism." “Fade,” the title track, is something of a lullaby written for his yet-to-be born daughter. Becker’s preferred world of musical processes proves impressively capable of capturing the emotionally tentative, hesitant and fragile state that all adoptive parents-to-be understand.

“Keeping Time” and “A Dream of Waking” complete the disc, showing new angles and approaches to how process can be embodied in a musical composition. For in the end this concept of process, when explored deeply, expands to embrace notions of relationship and ultimately community. And for Becker this is a good place for any obsession to lead.

Becker is the founder and Artistic Director of the Common Sense Composers’ Collective, and is the current Chair of Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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