ACO's Latest Release
Orchestra Underground: X10D
Live Recordings by Keeril Makan, Evan Ziporyn, Fred Ho, Ned McGowan & Neil
Release Date: June 1, 2012.
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Orchestra Underground: X10D explores some of the more extreme ends of what's possible
when some uncommon solo instruments join the orchestra as soloist. This album
contains five works by as many composers featuring music for unusual instruments
that extend the range and sonic possibilities of the orchestral ensemble.
Three of the pieces are what we might call "bottom-feeders," as
they explore and gather their power from the extreme low
register. Evan Ziporyn demonstrates the virtuosic possibilities
of the bass clarinet, integrating his own ideas with influences
ranging from Balinese Gamelan to jazz to Stravinsky, in his
Big Grenadilla. Fred Ho, makes "real dragons fly" in a
tour-de-force and call-to-action for baritone saxophone and
orchestra that combines Chinese folk song with an avant-jazz
perspective. Perhaps the most unusual instrument on this album
is the seldom-heard contrabass flute, an instrument that, in the
hands of Ned McGowan, is capable of everything from near
breathless calm to amazing driving bass riffs that propel the
The other two works on the album partner
electric instruments with an otherwise acoustic orchestra.
Keeril Makan's Dream Lightly features the electric guitar
of Seth Josel. But you won't find any amped-up power chords
here, only the most delicate and ethereal guitar harmonics,
making the piece an almost anti-concerto. Finally, Neil Rolnick,
a pioneer in electronic music, introduces us to the cyborg-fiddle
he created with soloist Todd Reynolds—an instrument that
seamlessly takes us from flashy Pagagini-esque pyrotechnics to
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