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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2013
  • Label: Innova Records
  • UPC: 726708684129
  • Catalog Number: 841
  • Sales rank: 154,582

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Simple Lines (6:19)
  2. 2 Towards Daybreak (9:32)
  3. 3 Rapid Assembly (7:29)
  4. 4 A Simple Place (8:10)
  5. 5 Solitude in Transit (8:10)
  6. 6 Friction (6:36)
  7. 7 Sparkle (3:44)
  8. 8 Blurred (9:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billband Primary Artist, Band
Todd Reynolds Violin, Viola
Paul de Jong Cello
Ashley Bathgate Cello
Vicky Chow Piano
Technical Credits
Philip Blackburn Label Direction
Silas Brown Producer, Engineer
Steve McPherson Publicity
Bill Ryan Composer, Producer
Randy Merrill Mastering
Nate Bliton Engineer
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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Some impossible to describe very soothing sounds....Bill Ryan is

    Some impossible to describe very soothing sounds....Bill Ryan is a young, creative and talented director, composer and promoter of new music who - until now - I was not familiar with. As a conductor Bill has commissioned and premiered dozens of works by Evan Ziporyn, David Lang and many more. Ryan has an extended and deserved reputation as a promoter of new music. This album features his own ensemble, "Billband", and gives a very rewarding glimpse into Ryan's style and capabilities as a composer. I found each work in this set very interesting and, frequently, quite pretty. Just the opening work, "Simple Lines" features some captivating cello work and hooks you in. A similar feel exists in "A Simple Place" while a somewhat darker tone is achieved with the bass clarinet infused "Towards Daybreak." Bill Ryan illustrates his creativity and flexibility in scoring for diverse instruments. The tinkling piano and crystalline texture of the aptly titled "Sparkle" is a perfect example; the soprano sax solo that creeps in adds to the mysterious beauty! Another standout for me was the wholly ethereal "Solitude in Transit" with its somewhat film score feel. It is had to categorize the music of Bill Ryan. It contains elements of minimalism, light jazz, new age and "experimental" classical. It may remind some of Harold Budd in places, Brian Eno in others, maybe even a little Tangerine Dream. Most importantly, this is extremely entertaining music. The members of the "Billband" are outstanding musicians and their chemistry is apparent. This ensemble is completely tight and very capable. I recommend this highly and cannot wait to hear more from Bill Ryan!

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