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.
In Search of Lost Beauty…
“If this music transports you into a haunting, mysterious dream world, don’t worry about it – it’s only doing its job.”
– Ingram Marshall
"Really does create its own sonic world."
– John Schaefer, New Sounds
This CD presents the premiere recording of Žibuoklė Martinaitytė’s hauntingly immersive, 70-minute In Search of Lost Beauty… Martinaitytė comments:
“In Search of Lost Beauty... is a sequence of audiovisual novellas on the elusive subject of beauty – an attempt to recreate the experience in which time is slowed down in order to transport us into an alternate dimension where the commonly apprehended reality is inverted into the otherworldly mystique of reflections and shadows.”
Ingram Marshall concludes, “Martinaitytė has created a world of hidden beauty in a bridge-like form that begs you to enter.”