The Landscape Scrolls
This premiere recording of Peter Garland’s 50-minutepiece The Landscape Scrolls continues his history as a maverick “composer of mesmerizing music” (Kyle Gann). Commissioned by percussionist John Lane, the work depicts the 24-hour day cycle in five movements.
John Luther Adams writes:
“The expressive power of this music comes not from the notes on the page, but from a deeper resonance, from the magical power of sound itself … A set of drums reconnects us with the ground beneath our feet. A few triangles become an enormous carillon, a nocturnal bell tower, a call to prayer in the temple of night. The gentle clanging of tubular bells becomes a morning chant, saluting the sun, greeting the new day. Listening to this music we are grounded again, we are filled with wonder … These are musical landscapes [but also] prayers for the seasons, the hours of night and day, prayers for humanity and for all life on this planet.”
"If you tossed an electric blues band and a contemporary music ensemble into the blender and turned it to high, you might end up with something like NakedEye... The music on the group’s exciting debut release is a stylistic melange, full of gritty energy and wonderful stylistic feints."
– San Francisco Chronicle
This debut recording of the NakedEye Ensemble helps refute the notion that contemporary classical music is isolated from the world we live in. Three works have a sociopolitical slant, and several pieces draw on the energy that rock offers.
The pieces are inspired by a wide variety of subjects, including: the Vietnam War; the infamous Attica Prison riots; the development of a “groovy” bass line; and the antics of catnip-fueled cats. Five of the six works receive their premiere recordings, and the sixth work presents a new music masterpiece in a new, unusual arrangement.