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Anthony Coleman: Lapidation
     

Anthony Coleman: Lapidation

by Anthony Coleman
 
Anthony Coleman's Lapidation is an uncompromising self-portrait album by an artist whose creative growth as a composer has resulted in numerous works of considerable depth. With the exception of "The King of Kabay," each composition realized here is based upon a notated score, with results that may at times bring to mind the works of See more details below

Overview

Anthony Coleman's Lapidation is an uncompromising self-portrait album by an artist whose creative growth as a composer has resulted in numerous works of considerable depth. With the exception of "The King of Kabay," each composition realized here is based upon a notated score, with results that may at times bring to mind the works of Alfred Schnittke, Pierre Boulez, or Ernst Krenek. The title track, named for the barbaric practice of public execution by stoning, was created in response to a news report describing the slaying of a Sudanese woman by that gruesome method in 2001. Lapidation contains elements recognizably drawn from Octandre, a clarion work composed in 1923 by Edgar Varèse. Coleman wrote the piece in 2002 for House Blend, a group that performed regularly at that time in the Kitchen Club at the corner of Prince and Mott in Manhattan's Nolita district. This realization features a ten-piece unit conducted by the composer. "East Orange," played solo by pianist Joseph Kubera, is from a suite entitled (in close and deliberate emulation of Charles Ives) "Three Places in New Jersey." "East Orange" and "I Diet on Cod" were both composed in 2007, shortly before the release of this album. The nonet heard on "Cod" bore the thought-provoking name Retake Iowa and included bassoonist Dana Jensen, accordionist Cory Pesaturo, and electric guitarist Jameson Swanagon. "Mise en Abîme" is played by a septet and is one of three pieces on this disc featuring Doug Wieselman, who handles several different types of clarinet. The title, which translates roughly as "placed into an abyss," can be used to describe what you see when you position yourself between two endlessly reflecting mirrors. More specifically, it refers to an object replicated within itself, or any motif that recurs with reflective persistence. This loaded term fits the nature of the piece quite well. "Mise en Abîme" was composed for the Bang on a Can All Stars in 1997. "The King of Kabay" dates from 1988 and is the only ensemble piece in this collection on which Coleman actually plays rather than conducts. His electric organ mingles rather shrilly with the clarinets of Wieselman, Ned Rothenberg, and Marty Ehrlich. This final episode conjures visitations from Igor Stravinsky and Duke Ellington. The influences detectable in Coleman's music stem directly from first-hand experience, for at the age of 13 he began studying with Mingus-affiliated pianist Jaki Byard, then with modern jazz theorist/bandleader George Russell and composers Malcolm C. Peyton and Donald Martino. None of the pieces on this collection align themselves with conventional entertainment-based expectations. While parallels could be drawn with creative works by musicians linked to modern jazz traditions, and even if some of the action on "East Orange" has been compared with that of Cecil Taylor, these notated works could best be described as cerebral, searching, and somewhat astringent chamber music. "Mise en Abîme," for example, successfully summons the spirits of Morton Feldman, Anton Webern, and Arnold Schoenberg.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
Label:
New World Records
UPC:
0093228059325
catalogNumber:
80593

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anthony Coleman   Primary Artist,Organ,Conductor
Marty Ehrlich   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ned Rothenberg   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Ben Davis   Bass
Ken Filiano   Bass
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Kevin Norton   Percussion
Joseph Kubera   Piano
Cornelius Dufallo   Violin
Christopher McDonald   Piano
Ashley Paul   Alto Saxophone
Ted Reichman   Accordion
Jacob Garchik   Trombone
Sean Conly   Bass
Christopher McIntyre   Trombone
Marco Cappelli   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Ben Davis   Bass
Stephen Gosling   Piano
Jameson Swanagon   Electric Guitar
Cory Pesaturo   Accordion
Chris Veilleux   Alto Saxophone
Gareth Flowers   Trumpet
Dan Barrett   Cello
Eli Keszler   Drums
Dana Jessen   Bassoon
Matt Plummer   Trombone
Jim Pugliese   Percussion

Technical Credits

Judith Sherman   Producer,Engineer
Bob Defrin   Cover Design
Lee Hyla   Liner Notes
Paul M. Tai   Artistic Director
Robert Smithson   Cover Art

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