Artist: Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Composers: Eric Guinivan, Sean Heim, Joseph Pereira, Jeffrey Holmes
Format: 1 CD + 1 PureAudio Blu-ray
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 is a 2-disc set, containing a Pure Audio Blu-ray surround sound disc as well as a standard CD.
The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet is Matthew Cook, Justin DeHart, Eric Guinivan, and Nick Terry. Since 2008, the LAPQ have endeavored to champion the percussion-focused music of California’s great maverick composers, in addition to actively collaborating with tomorrow’s promising new artists from around the globe. Throughout California, the LAPQ have delighted audiences with fresh interpretations from the standard percussion ensemble repertoire, and many of their newly commissioned works have received awards from the FROMM Foundation, Theodore Presser Foundation, Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
The LAPQ have presented concerts and educational events at such distinguished series as the Monday Evening Concerts, April in Santa Cruz, Pasadena Arts Council, L.A. Composer’s Project, and Music & Conversations; as well as numerous universities, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, Occidental College, Chapman University, University of California Santa Cruz, and California State University Sacramento, East Bay, and Bakersfield.
Ritual Dances (Eric Guinean)
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
Repoussé (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
Release date: March 2012