Eyvind Kang: Virginal Coordinates

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All Music Guide - François Couture
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
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: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • UPC: 689230005025
  • Catalog Number: 50
  • Sales rank: 119,968

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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