Eyvind Kang: Virginal Coordinates

Eyvind Kang: Virginal Coordinates

by Eyvind Kang
     
 

Commissioned by the Angelica, Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna, Virginal Co-ordinates ranks paradoxically among Eyvind Kang's most ambitious and accessible works. The piece is scored for a large ensemble (the 16-piece ensemble Playground) and six extra musicians: singer Mike Patton, guitarist See more details below

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Commissioned by the Angelica, Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna, Virginal Co-ordinates ranks paradoxically among Eyvind Kang's most ambitious and accessible works. The piece is scored for a large ensemble (the 16-piece ensemble Playground) and six extra musicians: singer Mike Patton, guitarist Tim Young, once Sun Ra violinist Michael White, Kang himself, and engineers Tucker Martine and Evan Schiller, who are responsible for the sound diffusion and live processing. Fans of Kang will recognize the spiritual yearning found in some of his NADE pieces. The 73-minute work takes the form of a suite of themes that draw from Indian classical music and American minimalism, with flourishes of impressionistic and big-band arrangements. Often a marimba will lead the group into a repetitive motif reminiscent of Steve Reich's percussion works, or of simplified gamelan music. The longer movements are built over trance-like repetition and melodic development akin to a raga, especially in "Doorway to the Sun." "Innocent Eye, Crystal See," with its luminously elevating chant (can that really be Patton? He's the only credited singer), brings to mind Nana Vasconcelos' musical illuminations. Two shorter tracks take the form of songs: "I Am the Dead" and the closing "Marriage of Days," both interpreted with grace by an unrecognizable Patton -- as close to a choir boy as he'll ever sound. In fact, the latter is led by a flute melody and builds to an angelic finale your mother (or grandmother) would love! Once more Kang has managed to deceive expectations and come up with a brilliant album. But this one is so virginal white that some listeners might find it a bit too clean.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Ipecac Recordings
UPC:
0689230005025
catalogNumber:
50
Rank:
280258

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eyvind Kang   Primary Artist,Violin
Mike Patton   Vocals,Voices,electronics
Michael White   Violin
Tim Young   Electric Guitar
Ulrich Krieger   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Stefano Zorzanello   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Alessandro Bonetti   Violin
Marc Stutz Boukouya   Trombone
Maria Gigliotti   Trumpet
Evan Schiller   Movement
Stefano Bussoli   Percussion
Maurizio Costanzo   Oboe
Marco Dalpane   Accordion,Keyboards
Pierpaolo DeGregorio   Percussion,Drums
Pierangelo Galantino   Double Bass
Johannes Platz   Viola
Andrea Racheli   Bassoon
Sebastiano Severi   Cello
Dimitri Sillato   Violin
Walter Zanetti   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Luigi Zardi   Trumpet
Playground   Ensemble
Michael White   Violin
Mario Gigliotti   Trumpet
Stefan Zorzanello   Flute,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mell Dettmer   Mastering
Tucker Martine   Engineer,Live Sound,Location Recording,Engineering
Eyvind Kang   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Massimo Simonini   Executive Producer
Randall Dunn   Engineer,Location Recording,Engineering
Mario Zanzani   Executive Producer
Evan Schiller   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Location Recording,Engineering
Robero Monari   Engineer
Massimo Carli   Engineer,Engineering
Massimo Golfieri   Images
Walter Zanetti   Composer
Roberto Monari   Engineering
Playground   Producer

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