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12^2

12^2

by Wendy Mae Chambers
     
 
American composer Wendy Mae Chambers likes to do things big. Her 1993 Mass for Mass Trombones featured 77 of the horns, and 1989's Symphony of the Universe required 100 timpani, among other instruments. She has several other compositions with numerous instances of an instrument along with such unexpected appearances as automobiles, TVs, crib toys, and

Overview

American composer Wendy Mae Chambers likes to do things big. Her 1993 Mass for Mass Trombones featured 77 of the horns, and 1989's Symphony of the Universe required 100 timpani, among other instruments. She has several other compositions with numerous instances of an instrument along with such unexpected appearances as automobiles, TVs, crib toys, and vacuum cleaners. That love for grand percussion comes across in a more varied arrangement executed here by a dozen percussionists. Drums, mallet instruments, and other percussion bounds, slithers, and clangs with such odd cameos as a hand cranked siren. Eleven parts comprise the whole and each has its own flavor. In "Hoodoo Root Doctor," a suspenseful clock-like rhythm is mated with what could be the knocking of bones. This goes along with a general theme of ecstatic and pagan rites that can be imagined in subtropical jungle clearings or behind closed New Orleans doors. For instance, "&Wild Ride" is a direct reference to bizarrely costumed Fat Tuesday riders that act as a prelude to Mardi Gras. The chime sounds of implicit magic radiate from "Shango," a piece about the "master for magic." A night charged with expectancy and the judgment of fate and the poignant stress of prolonged silence is the setting given to "corpselike woman" seer "Manman Brigitte." Chambers' work is powerful and fantastic, a singular and memorable adventure of sorcerous rhythms.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/1998
Label:
New World Records
UPC:
0093228052623
catalogNumber:
80526

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wendy Mae Chambers   Primary Artist
Michael Pugliese   Percussion
Mark Belair   Percussion
Kory Grossman   Percussion
Jason Cirker   Percussion
Randy Crafton   Percussion
Dominic Donato   Percussion
Andy Bowman   Percussion
Frank Cassara   Percussion
David Cossin   Percussion
Charles Kiger   Percussion
Dan McMillan   Percussion
Jimmy Musto   Percussion
Howard Van Hyning   Conductor

Technical Credits

Wendy Mae Chambers   Producer
Sallie Ann Glassman   Cover Art
Lars Hole   Engineer
Mike Silverton   Liner Notes
Manoli Wetherell   Engineer

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