Stephen Lucky Mosko

Indigenous Music

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Sensitively performed by the California Ear Unit, Mosko's music combines 1950s and '60s European new-music influences with ideas derived from Icelandic and other world musics. "Psychotropes" (1993) is built from a structure of 22 delicately and crisply outlined musical "palindromes" that have language-like inflections. "Renderings" (1995) for piano is concerned with "creating a multi-dimensional assemblage." "Rais Murad" (1978) for cello and piano is titled after the alias of a Dutch pirate who attacked Iceland in the 17th century. Single gestures and sounds fold and overlap "like layers of information seeking form." "Indigenous Music" (1984) includes I: "Piano," II: "Native Songs and Dances," and III: "Het Wapen van Amsterdam."