Phil Kline: Around the World in a Daze
Bringing the string quartet
into the 21st century, Ethel is
part chamber ensemble and part rock group, playing avant-garde
classical music with healthy doses of jazz and rock-influenced
material, electronics, and improvisation.
all-star foursome has collaborated with some of todays most
exciting artists. They have recorded with pop musicians Joe
Jackson, Todd Rundgren, and Rickie Lee Jones, experimental
artists Dick Connette and Blue Gene Tyranny, and on film
scores by Don Byron and Benny Wallace. Ethel premiered Phil
Kline's The Blue Room and Other Stories in 2003.
of today's preeminent new music fiddlers, Todd
Reynolds has appeared and/or recorded with such
artists as Anthony Braxton, John Cale, Yo-Yo Ma, Graham
Nash, Steve Reich, Marcus Roberts, and Todd Rundgren. Reynolds
has commissioned and premiered countless numbers of new
works by such composers as John King, Michael Gordon, Neil
Rolnick, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Evan Ziporyn, and Randall
Wolff. Reynolds was a founder of Ethel, with whom he toured
internationally for its first seven years. For Todd, Phil
Kline has written a series of pieces for violin and electronic
environments, of which the Grand Etude
for the Elevation is the latest.
Sankaram is a singer, songwriter, and accordionista,
who currently leads her own band, Squeezebox. With a repertoire
ranging from the Queen of the Night to indie rock, she
performed in the song cycle The Story of B, a
collaboration between Kline and composer Eve Beglarian.
John Schaefer hosts
WNYC's innovative music/talk show Soundcheck, and
has produced the radio series New Sounds since 1982
("The #1 radio show for the Global Village" - Billboard).
He has written extensively about music, including the book New
Sounds: A Listeners Guide to New Music.
Steenland owns the alternative classical label Starkland.
For over 25 years, he has produced premiere recordings
of works from a wide variety of contemporary composers,
including: John Luther Adams, Phillip Bimstein, Tod Dockstader,
Paul Dresher, Fred Frith, Aaron Jay Kernis, Guy Klucevsek,
Merzbow, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Vincent Persichetti,
George Rochberg, Morton Subotnick, Somei Satoh, Carl Stone,
Iannis Xenakis, Pamela Z, and John Zorn. Steenland's releases
have been praised for their music content, sound quality,
graphic design, and informative liner notes. The influential Sequenza21 website
"Props to our amigo Tom Steenland who has been producing great
avant-garde recordings on his Starkland label from Boulder for
many years now."
Around the World in a Daze is one
of Steenland's most ambitious projects. He mastered all the
music (except one section), edited the 34-minute Phil Kline
video interview, created all the graphics, and developed the
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The Housatonic at Henry Street
For Ives the river of life, running right by my window.
Electronica and tape orchestra. Field recording: Henry Street at Rutgers, evening
An uphill climb. It might mean Stairway to Heaven in Sanskrit.
Performed by Ethel (Todd Reynolds and Mary Rowell, violins, Ralph Farris, viola,
Dorothy Lawson, cello) with tape choir.
The Maryland Sample
A madrigal about love and science, bitterness and bees.
Performed by Kamala Sankaram (vocals) and Phil Kline (vocals, strings and percussion).
Field recording: bug zappers on Nicola Teslas porch
Pennies from Heaven
The trickle down theory. Everything is falling. Every time it rains it rains.
On the Waterfront
This is not a recording, but something happening right now in Istanbul.
Luv U 2 Death
Death hastened by technology.
And our love become a funeral pyre.
The Wailing Wall
The pull of the moon. A blind man tries to describe it.
Vocals by Phil Kline
Grand Etude for the Elevation
The importance of height: I can see my house from here.
Violinistics by Todd Reynolds
Departing, the end begins.
Bach Prelude in B flat minor. Field recording: Tuesday
morning, Zurich station.
The Housatonic at Dzanga
The mystery of red mercury, observed by a million gray parrots.
Electronica and tape choir. Field recording: the watering hole
at Dzanga, Central African Republic (Louis Sarno)
DVD One Total Time: 65:17 | Introduction:
as fast as you can)
by Phil Kline
Interview with John Schaefer
Total Content: 110 min.
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