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BATES, M.: Stereo Is King / Observer in the Megellanic Cloud / Difficult Bamboo / Terrycloth Troposphere / String Band (Banks, Bates)

BATES, M.: Stereo Is King / Observer in the Megellanic Cloud / Difficult Bamboo / Terrycloth Troposphere / String Band (Banks, Bates)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Cliff Colnot

Conductor

Bill Ryan

Conductor

Chanticleer

Choir

Pablo Held Trio

Ensemble

Baird Dodge

Soloist

Mason Bates

Soloist

Tania Stavreva

Soloist

Cynthia Yeh

Soloist

Susan Warner

Soloist

Chanticleer

Choral

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble

Chamber

Claremont Trio

Chamber

Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 66:55
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BATES, M.: Stereo Is King / Observer in the Megellanic Cloud / Difficult Bamboo / Terrycloth Troposphere / String Band (Banks, Bates)

     
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MASON BATES

     
1 

Stereo Is King

12:36
 Mason Bates Soloist
  Cynthia Yeh Soloist
     
2 

Observer in the Megellanic Cloud

06:25
  Chanticleer Choir
     
3 

Difficult Bamboo

22:56
 Baird Dodge Soloist
  Susan Warner Soloist
  Cliff Colnot Conductor
     
4 

Terrycloth Troposphere

05:51
 Mason Bates Soloist
  Bill Ryan Conductor
     
5 

String Band

12:31
 Pablo Held Trio Ensemble
     
6 

White Lies for Lomax

06:36
 Tania Stavreva Soloist
     


 Crossing boundaries is nothing new for composer and electronica artist Mason Bates. As comfortable with staff paper as he is DJing (under the name Masonic), Bates has already garnered acclaim for works commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony (where he serves as composer-in-residence) and others. Here on Stereo Is King - his first release since his 2009 debut, Digital Loom - he takes his listeners on a wild ride through chamber music, choral music, and electronica, featuring performances by Tania Stavreva, Claremont Trio, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) New Music Ensemble, Chanticleer and musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

 
From the title track’s combination of electronics and an array of percussion to the angular syncopation of “White Lies for Lomax” -- an homage to the early, anonymous blues musicians recorded by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax -- Stereo Is King explores the possibilities of a broad range of sonorities, refusing to exclude any genre by fiat and instead embracing whole the wide world of music. “Observer in the Magellanic Cloud,” performed by Chanticleer, drifts high above in a place where distant future meets ancient past. “Difficult Bamboo” begins minimally and grows wildly out of control. Bill Ryan and the GVSU New Music Ensemble deftly navigate “Terrycloth Troposhere,” an ode to Terry Riley that repurposes motifs from his seminal “In C,” while “String Band” is grounded in bluegrass and old-time string band music.
 
Throughout, Bates’ voice comes clear from within the diversity of approaches, ensembles and styles. It is his balance as a writer and envisioner of modern music that envelops the past while moving confidently into the future that ties Stereo Is King together into a comprehensive statement by a talented young composer.
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