James Fei

Solo Works

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Unique and wildly eclectic, this series of nine experimental solo pieces incorporates, absorbs, and expands the modern aesthetic through explorations on soprano, alto, and bass saxophones, and bass clarinet. This is one to drive the family crazy, as seemingly random and highly abstract excursions run endlessly. Fei clearly knows what he is doing, and, however difficult it may be to listen to this recording at a single setting, it is still - at least at times - an amazingly complex work of art. The composer is fascinated with extremes, and often the dynamics are on the low end. His use of multiphonics, squeaks, randomness, and static rhythm effectively defines his music, whose roots are embedded in the Twentieth Century classical world. Fei's detailed liner notes explaining his concept are a big plus.

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