American Aggregate

American Aggregate

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Artist: Inscape

Composers: Julia Adolphe, Armando Barolo, Stephen Gobos, Joseph Hallman, Nathan Lincoln-DeCuasitis, Gregory Spears, Dan Visconti

Format: 1 CD + 1 Pure Audio Blu-ray


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American Aggregate, the follow up to Inscape’s GRAMMY-nominated debut album Sprung Rhythm on the Sono Luminus label, explores the rich and varied sounds of American music in the 21st century. From the mechanized world of our cities to the natural beauty of our landscapes, from the sounds of jazz and rock to indigenous folk music, the picture of contemporary classical music is revealing and diverse. The works contained on this album reflect American culture, landscape, and environment as expressed through the distinctly American voices of seven young composers.

The album opens with Nathan Lincoln-DeCuasitis’ Oblivion, a chamber symphony in three movements in which each movement is modeled on a specific sonic shape. Armando Bayolo’s Wide Open Spaces was composed to address the concerns surrounding the impact of climate change. Dan Visconti’s Black Bend begins with a spacious collage of distant, mournful sounds with the avor of limpid summerlandscape and the slow drawl of rural vernacular. From this texture a slow blues emerges and accelerates in a wailing frenzy, only to dissolve into nothingness as quickly as it materialized. Julia Adolphe brings the ensemble Wordless Creatures, a work that imagines a community of small, scurrying characters moving through a series of scenes portrayed through shifting soundscapes. The Extraordinary Gryssandra Wycke by Joseph Hallman is the story of a young witch who is new to her powers and the world of witchcraft. The piece is composed as a tone poem that reflects the spells she learns and employs. Stephen Gorbos’ What I Decided to Keep propels the CD forward with the in uences of funk and progressive rock, drawing inspiration from Béla Bartók’s 5th string quartet in its linear succession of events. Included on the Blu-ray disc and for digital download, Gregory Spears’ new arrangement of The Bear and the Dove was commissioned to accompany Christopher Williams’ choreographic staging of Prokofiev’s ballet Trapeze at the Bard Spiegeltent.

Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Richard Scerbo, Inscape creates compelling concert experiences that aim to engage audiences and provide exciting, accessible ways to explore both standard and non-standard repertoire. Inscape’s performances have been praised by The Washington Post for their “guts and musical sensitivity,” and their 2014 Grammy nominated album Sprung Rhythm was recently singled out as “brilliant” and “gorgeously recorded” by The New York Times.

Inscape has worked joyously and often with emerging American composers and is committed to presenting concerts featuring the music of our time. Since its inception, Inscape has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works.

American Aggregate was conceived and recorded in fully immersive 7.1 surround sound to achieve a deeper reflection of the composers’ visions, as well as to give the listener exposure to all of the sonic colors that Inscape has to offer. The album comes with a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc which includes high-resolution stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 mixes and digital copies, as well as a standard CD.

Track List

Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis
1-3. Oblivion 18:50

Armando Bayolo
4. Wide Open Spaces 7:15

Dan Visconti
5. Black Bend 6:39

Julia Adolphe
6. Wordless Creatures 12:20

Joseph Hallman
7. The Extrodinary Gryssandra Wycke 15:28

Stehphen Gorbos
8. What I Decided to Keep 15:19

Gregory Spears
9. The Bear and the Dove* 6:49

*Bonus Track (Blu-ray & digital only)

Total time: 82:40
Release date: August 2014
UPC: 053479217929

Quotes & Reviews

Inscape’s last album, Sprung Rhythm, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Surround Sound.  The new album seeks to match or top that honor with a superlative Blu-Ray mix.  One additional track (Gregory Spears‘ “The Bear and the Dove”) is also included on the Blu-Ray.  But even the CD is clear and resonant.  It would be a shame for the Grammies to stop there; we’re pulling for an award in the Best Chamber or Best Contemporary Classical category this year.

Richard Allen, A Closer Listen

The crack, idiomatic performances bode well for Inscape’s next Sono Luminus recording…
— Laurence Vittes, Gramophone

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