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Rupa-khandha

Rupa-khandha (Blu-ray & CD)
DSL-92150
Artist: Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Genre: Chamber
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      Blu-ray + CD


Nominated for the 55th GRAMMY Awards for Best Surround Sound Album and Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble

Sono Luminus is proud to release this first major studio release by the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Rūpa-khandha, as it promises a fantastic listening experience. As one of the new percussion recordings produced in surround sound, the listener is placed among a sonic landscape of sublime, visceral, and exotic percussion instruments, with the full force of the quartet’s technique and artistry applied in interpreting four evocative, award-winning, and never before recorded works. Considering the combination of hundreds of individual instrumental colors and the LAPQ’s formidable talent, Rūpa-khandha promises to be among the most sophisticated and aurally stunning recordings of percussion chamber music. The package will be a 2-disc set,  containing a Pure Audio Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.

Since 2009, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, or LAPQ, has forged a distinct identity as a world-class contemporary chamber music ensemble who is dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works for percussion quartets. Originally, members Nick Terry, Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, and Cory Hills joined together to create a classical percussion ensemble that would champion the important contributions of 20th century West Coast composers while collaborating with local artists to continue the tradition of innovation and exploration. Today, the group continues their mission while broadening creative output through recordings, performances, and educational outreach.

 

Rūpa-Khandha, LAPQ's seminal album recorded at Skywalker Ranch in Marin, CA, pioneered a new level of sonic achievement in 2012 as the first 7.1 surround-sound high-fidelity recording of percussion chamber music. The quartet’s recorded performance was praised by Neue Musikeitung for presenting "the entire color-spectrum of global percussion instruments intelligently and with great competency,” while Percussive Notes hailed LAPQ's commitment towards "championing composers of thought-provoking and uncompromisingly intelligent music".  The album won multiple nominations in the 55th GRAMMY Awards, including in the prestigious category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.  In 2014, LAPQ will record their second album featuring works by Shaun Naidoo, Eric Griswold, Nick Deyoe, Isaac Schankler, Joseph Pereira, and by PAS Hall of Fame member William Kraft.

 

LAPQ’s performances range in scope from art museums, warehouses, and living room salons, to appearances in numerous distinguished concert series, including PASIC showcases, Monday Evening Concerts, Music and Conversations, People Inside Electronics, Morrison Artists, Fullerton Friends of Music, April in Santa Cruz, and the L.A. Composers Project.  Equally committed to outreach and education, the quartet currently presents workshops and masterclasses to young musicians at middle schools, high schools, and many universities, such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, CSU Sacramento/Bakersfield/East Bay/Long Beach, and Occidental College.


The individual members of the group are active freelance performers and educators residing in Southern California. Collectively, they are graduates of America's leading music institutions, including USC, UC San Diego, California Institute of the Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, and Northwestern University.  Los Angeles Percussion Quartet are exclusive performing artists with Innovative Percussion, REMO, Black Swamp Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals. 


Performers:
Matthew Cook
Justin DeHart
Nick Terry
Cory Hills

Composers:

Eric Guinivan
Sean Heim
Joseph Pereira
Jeffrey Holmes


Recorded at 192kHz

      Blu-ray Streams

5.1 - 24bit / 192kHz DTS-HD Master Audio
7.1 - 24bit / 96kHz DTS-HD Master Audio
2.0  - 24bit / 192kHz LPCM
Tracks:

Ritual Dances - Eric Guinivan
1. I. Processional — 3:55
2. II. Circle Dance — 2:52
3. III. Sparrow Dance — 2:21
4. IV. Parasol Dance — 6:16
5. V. Sword Dance — 5:02

6. Rūpa-khandha - Sean Heim — 15:38

Repoussè - Joseph Pereira
7. I. Volume — 4:36
8. II. Gouache — 3:23
9. III. Impasto — 2:49
10. IV. Monochrome — 2:34

11. Occasus - Jeffrey Holmes — 11:37

Total Time — 61:04



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