Eye to Ivory
“Intimate, violent, roaring, serene”
– Joan La Barbara
This release from the widely acclaimed, leading-edge pianist Kathleen Supové features electronics, theatrics, extended techniques, Yamaha Disklavier, and vocals ranging from humor to horror. The New York Times has observed, “What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it.”
The album presents the premiere recordings of Mary Ellen Childs’ readily engaging Eye to Ivory; Nick Didkovsky’s dispassionately shocking Rama Broom; Guy Barash’s technically sophisticated Talkback IV; Randall Woolf’s laugh-fest In The Privacy of My Own Home; and Dafna Naphtali’s Landmine, composed for Supové playing a Yamaha Disklavier, the Disklavier playing itself, along with Naphtali’s real-time processing.
La Barbara also writes, “Kathleen Supové has built an extraordinary career as a solo artist performing almost exclusively contemporary works, many of them composed for her and often commissioned by her. For this courageous choice she has been showered with an impressive array of awards, prizes, and well-deserved recognition. This collection should certainly garner her more.”
Instruments of Happiness:
The Happiness Handbook
“Six colorful, thought-provoking works [that] offer an inviting glimpse of the varied approaches these composers bring [to] dealing with the electric guitar and its resources.”
“The Happiness Handbook” CD from the virtuosic electric-guitar quartet Instruments of Happiness will be released by Starkland on April 5, 2019. The album presents premiere recordings of works from Scott Godin, Tim Brady, Jordan Nobles, Maxime McKinley, Gordon Fitzell, and Emily Hall.
Listeners will hear edgy minimalism and jagged rhythms; calmly flowing harmonies and aggressively noisy textures; eerie slide guitar and dreamy harmonics; as well as rapid tremolando, hammered-on notes, and pounding chords. Listeners will also hear references to: progressive rock and hoedown music; the blues and flamenco; and Duane Eddy and Link Wray guitar classics.
Starkland’s previous debut recording of Instruments of Happiness was exceptionally well received. Fulfilling “all the open promises between the meeting of post-minimalism and art rock” (Brooklyn Rail), the CD was a Philadelphia Inquirer Classical Pick and landed on several Best-of-the-Year lists.