Michael Gordon

Strange Quiet

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This engaging work scored for violin, viola, guitar, clarinet/bass clarinet, and keyboard has simple patterns in widely varying timbres that are reiterated while being gradually phased into new rhythmic combinations. The effect is to take the listener through many psychic landscapes, some eerie and otherworldly, some sweet, plaintive and meditative, or strongly conflicted and punctuated, chromatically wandering and unsettled. A wonderful combination of postmodern pattern techniques and emotional, color-filled textures.