Willy Schwarz: Metamorphoses and other plays

Willy Schwarz: Metamorphoses and other plays

by Mary Zimmerman
     
 

On this record listeners hear three original scores, back to back, written by multi-instrumentalist Willy Schwarz to accompany three plays directed by Mary Zimmerman, the noted dramaturgist. First comes music from "Metamorphoses" and "The Odyssey," plays based on the legends by Ovid and Homer, respectively. These feature similar instrumentation -- an ethereal…  See more details below

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On this record listeners hear three original scores, back to back, written by multi-instrumentalist Willy Schwarz to accompany three plays directed by Mary Zimmerman, the noted dramaturgist. First comes music from "Metamorphoses" and "The Odyssey," plays based on the legends by Ovid and Homer, respectively. These feature similar instrumentation -- an ethereal potpourri of non-Western percussion, strings, and woodwinds, along with violins and cello. "Metamorphoses" often foregrounds the lonely sound of Matt Darriau's kaval (a wooden, end-blown flute). The music for "The Baltimore Waltz," recorded some years earlier, is quite scaled down in comparison, with Schwarz on keyboards and accordion, Miriam Sturm on violin and viola, and Michael Bodeen on guitar. The shortest of the three, this sequence leans heavily on waltz tempos, fittingly enough. The chirpy naïveté of "Travelogue" quickly gives way to the more ominous harmonies of "Radical Student" and ultimately, a mournful finale. Many of the tracks are brief scene-setters, lasting a minute or even less, but there are exceptions -- like "Death of Suitors," which seems to imagine Odysseus having his revenge in glorious slow motion. Listening to these evocative programs, one can really hear stories unfolding.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
Label:
Knitting Factory
UPC:
0035828031127
catalogNumber:
311

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Zimmerman   Primary Artist
Matt Darriau   kaval
Thomas Yang   Violin
Judy Stone   Cello
Sara Wollan   Cello
Miriam Sturm   Violin,Viola
Willy Schwarz   Percussion,Accordion,Keyboards,Ocarina,Recorder,Tabla,Vocals,Veena,Oud,Sarod,Tanpura,Conch,Santur,Suling,Swaramandala,Setar,Bowed Psaltery,Sopranino Recorder,Daira
Doug Brush   Percussion
Edgar Gabriel   Violin
Sharon Jan Bernstein   Vocals
Alex Udvary   Cymbalom
Michael Bodeen   Guitar,Keyboards,Sampling,Track Performer
Judy Stony   Cello

Technical Credits

Matt Darriau   Remixing
Michael Dorf   Executive Producer
Miriam Sturm   Arranger
Willy Schwarz   Arranger,Contributor,Liner Notes,Remixing
Michael Bodeen   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Andre Pluess   Engineer

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