No Beginning No End

No Beginning No End

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by Kenny Werner
     
 
Throughout history, great tragedy has often been the source for great art. This is certainly true of Kenny Werner's No Beginning No End, a work that began as a commission for the MIT Wind Ensemble, but changed in scope and nature after October 7, 2007, when his daughter was killed in a car accident. During his period of grief,

Overview

Throughout history, great tragedy has often been the source for great art. This is certainly true of Kenny Werner's No Beginning No End, a work that began as a commission for the MIT Wind Ensemble, but changed in scope and nature after October 7, 2007, when his daughter was killed in a car accident. During his period of grief, the deadline began to approach for delivering the commission, but he paid no attention. Werner, ever conscious of his spiritual practice, was inspired to write a poem that became the lyric for this five-movement work, and enabled him to not only conceive the entire piece but finish it in time for its debut -- which he admits in his heartfelt liner essay was ragged. The score was radically revised in 2009 and included sections for brass, strings, and percussion. It was recorded by a 37-piece ensemble and his piano. Vocalist Judi Silvano and saxophonist Joe Lovano overdubbed their parts onto the finished work. The poem that serves the root of this piece is gorgeously delivered, one note per word by Silvano. That note becomes the root on which the ensemble plays Werner's composition, and for Lovano's and Werner's improvisations. Elements of classical music -- Western and Indian -- dialogue seamlessly with jazz and structured improvisation for nearly 50 minutes, creating a work of transcendent spiritual beauty. It ends not with a conclusion, but an introduction to something beyond the confines of the work itself. In addition to "No Beginning No End" (comprised of five separate titles), there are three other pieces that were written in relation: "Visitation: Waves of Unborn" is a wordless a cappella for a 36-member choir that deals harmonically with the idea of music not as a noun but as a presence created by the souls dwelling between death and rebirth in the bardo. "Cry Out" was written as a simple, direct, and deeply emotive piece for a string quartet. Less than seven minutes in length, it is nonetheless one of the most memorable works Werner has ever composed; its entwining lyric lines will haunt the listener long after it ends. "Coda" closes the disc; a spacious yet flowing six-and-a-half minute improvisation for piano, marimba, vibraphone, and harp, based in the E Mixolydian scale. Taken as a whole, No Beginning No End is a work for which there is no comparison, and few referents. Born of grief, it reflects only beauty, poetic and profound; it is Werner's master work. [Editor's Note: Werner was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Music Composition.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2010
Label:
Halfnote Records
UPC:
0616892454328
catalogNumber:
4543

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Werner   Primary Artist,Piano
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Sherman   Percussion
James Zollar   Trumpet
Judi Silvano   Vocals
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Sean Read   Trombone
Ron Caswell   Tuba
Geoff Countryman   Alto Saxophone
Caleb Burhans   Violin
Joe Exley   Tuba
Clarice Jensen   Cello
Riza Hequibal   Harp
Nadia Sirota   Viola
Rob Jacoby   Oboe
Jeff Nelson   Bass Trombone
Matt Rosenberg   Bassoon
Dan Zupan   Bass Clarinet
Matthew Jodrell   Trumpet
Jeremy Thal   French Horn
Raymond Mason   Trombone
Domenica Fossati   Flute
Karen Kupferberg   Oboe
Kae Reed   Percussion,Cymbals,Marimbas
Justin Doute   Percussion,Mallets
Jonathan Kantor   Clarinet
Jon Lijoi   Trumpet
Jennifer Hood   Oboe
Fred Harris   Conductor
Donny Albro   Bass Marimba
Dan Rocha   French Horn
Connell Thompson   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Carly Andriaccio   Bassoon
Brian P. Gill   Conductor
Alison Crossley   Flute
Alex Mastrando   French Horn
Adam Zagor   Clarinet
Sean Statser   Percussion,Mallets,Vibes
Rose Rutledge   Piccolo
Rey Soriano   Percussion,Timpani
Paul Frucht   Percussion
Patrick Medina   Clarinet
Nathan Koci   French Horn
Murray James Morrison   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Michiko Chiba   Clarinet
Melissa Labuda   Flute

Technical Credits

Kenny Werner   Producer,Liner Notes
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer
Jeff Levenson   Producer
Kevin Mueller   Contributor
Steven Bensusan   Executive Producer
Molly Gobel   Art Direction
Melissa Kelly   Contributor
John Abbott   Back Cover Photo
Samuel Brooks   Contributor
Shane O'Neill   Contributor
Katrina Robertson   Contributor
Kate Roosa   Contributor
Joshua Wright   Contributor
Jeremy Aye   Contributor
Hillary Esqueda   Contributor
Haeji Shin   Contributor
H. Lamont Watson   Contributor
David Allan Howell   Contributor
Cara Evans   Contributor
Bronson Murphy   Contributor
Anna Hasek Bell   Contributor
Andrew Schufman   Contributor
Andrew Brubaker   Contributor
Allison Macri   Contributor
Alexandra Keller   Contributor
Abigail Sparling   Contributor
Aaron Cooker   Contributor
Johua Bailey   Contributor
Ying Qiu   Contributor
Suzanne Pergal   Contributor
Samantha Leibowitz   Contributor
Ryan Ramirez   Contributor
Rachel Weishoff   Contributor
Quinn Shadko   Contributor
Molly McCarthy-Egan   Contributor
Michale Wiltse-Austin   Contributor
Marysusan Convery   Contributor
Marisa Trujillo   Contributor
Marisa Cannady   Contributor
Maria Natalie Sbrocci   Contributor
Mara Saskin   Contributor
Linda Gallagher   Cover Photo
Kristine Sorum-Williams   Contributor

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