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Music for Trumpets, Bass Clarinets & Saxophones

Thanos Chrysakis, Tim Hodgkinson, Julie Kjaer, Katie Lodge, Raymond Brien, Rebecca Toal, Rob Burton, Michelle Hromin, Bradley Jones, Yoni Silver, Chris Cundy, Jason Alder, William Cole

Duration 63.36 | Released June 2024

 

1. FIVE (1988)             5:00

John Cage

Rebecca Toal     (trumpet)

Robert Burton    (soprano saxophone)   

Chris Cundy        (bass clarinet)       

Raymond Brien   (bass clarinet)    

Jason Alder         (baritone saxophone)

 

2. Anubis (1983) 7:13

Gérard  Grisey

Jason Alder  (contra bass clarinet)

 

3. Doe of Stars (2014)      7:05

Thanos Chrysakis

Rebecca Toal     (trumpet)

Jason Alder     (baritone saxophone)

 

4. Maknongan (1976) 4:00

Giacinto Scelsi

Jason Alder      (baritone saxophone)

 

5. Theatrum Mundi (2022) 17:12

Thanos Chrysakis

Rebecca Toal      (trumpet)

Katie Lodge         (trumpet) 

Bradley Jones      (trumpet) 

Raymond Brien    (clarinet in E♭)

Michelle Hromin   (clarinet in E♭)

Robert Burton          (soprano saxophone)

Tim Hodgkinson    (alto saxophone)

Julie Kjaer               (alto saxophone)

Jason Alder              (baritone saxophone)

Chris Cundy             (bass clarinet)

Yoni Silver             (bass clarinet)

William Cole          (conducting)

 

6. Grain (2022) 7:04

Julie Kjaer composition / alto saxophone

 

7. Spelaion (2022) 16:03

Tim Hodgkinson

Rebecca Toal       (trumpet)

Katie Lodge          (trumpet) 

Bradley Jones       (trumpet) 

Michelle Hromin    (clarinet in E♭)

Robert Burton        (soprano saxophone)

Julie Kjaer               (alto saxophone)

Jason Alder             (baritone saxophone)

Chris Cundy             (bass clarinet)

Raymond Brien      (bass clarinet)

Yoni Silver              (bass clarinet)

Tim Hodgkinson     (conducting)

 

Recorded live at Café OTO in London

on the 17th of December 2022 by Bill Steiger.

 

Edited — Mixed by

JASON ALDER

Between January — June 2023

Mastered by

THANOS CHRYSAKIS

Between July — December 2023

at Meridian Studio.

 

 

About the Artists

Thanos Chrysakis is a Greek composer, musician, producer and sound-artist. He is best known for his work in electronic and contemporary music, free improvisation, and electro-acoustic music.

With several albums to his name his work has appeared in festivals and events in numerous countries, including CYNETart Festival, Festspielhaus Hellerau - Dresden, Artus Contemporary Arts Studio – Budapest, CRUCE Gallery – Madrid, Fylkingen – Stockholm, Relative (Cross) Hearings festival – Budapest, Festival Futura – Crest - Drôme, FACT Centre – Liverpool, Association Ryoanji – Ahun - Creuse, The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale — Hanover - New Hampshire, Areté Gallery — Brooklyn - New York, UC San Diego – California - San Diego, Berner Münster – Bern, Fabbrica del Vapore – Milan, Grünewaldsalen – Svensk Musikvår — Stockholm, Splendor – Amsterdam, Logos Foundation – Ghent, Palacio de Bellas Artes – Mexico City, Műcsarnok Kunsthalle – Budapest, Spektrum – Berlin, Susikirtimai X – Vilnius, Festival del Bosque GERMINAL – Mexico City, ДОМ – Moscow, Oosterkerk – Amsterdam, KLANG ! – Montpellier, Nádor Terem – Budapest, Utzon Centre – Aalborg, Center for New Music – San Francisco, Västerås Konstmuseum – Västerås, Störung festival – Barcelona, BMIC Cutting Edge concert series at The Warehouse – London.

His music was among the selected works at the International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category oeuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon (the jury was constituted by Morton Subotnick (USA), François Bayle (France), and Miguel Azguime (Portugal).

 

He operates the Aural Terrains record label since 2007 where he has released part of his work until now, alongside releases by Kim Cascone, Franscisco López, Tomas Phillips, Dan Warburton, Szilárd Mezei, Michael Edwards, Wade Matthews, Dganit Elyakim, Edith Alonso, Luis Tabuenca, Jeff Gburek, Philippe Petit, Steve Noble, Milo Fine and David Ryan among others.

 

He has written music for musicians of the Hyperion Ensemble, the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, the Hermes Ensemble, the Nemø Ensemble, the Konus Saxophone Quartett, and the Shadanga Duo among others. Close collaborations with Tim Hodgkinson, Vincent Royer, Chris Cundy, Yoni Silver, Lori Freedman, Jason Alder, Julie Kjaer, Henriette Jensen, William Lang, Wilfrido Terrazas, Philippe Brunet, Wade Matthews, Ernesto Rodrigues, Ove Volquartz to name but a few.

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Tim Hodgkinson  is an English experimental music composer and performer, principally on reeds, lap steel guitar, and keyboards. He first became known as one of the core members of the British avant-rock group Henry Cow, which he formed with Fred Frith in 1968. After the demise of Henry Cow, he participated in numerous bands and projects, eventually concentrating on composing contemporary music and performing as an improviser.

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Julie kjær’s edgy and thoughtfull playing and ‘dark, otherworldly imagery’ (Jazzwise) has become incerasingly evident around Europe, inhabiting ground between composition and free improv. Experimenting with extended techniques, sound and rhythm she pushes her instruments to their limits.

“…one of the most impressive new voices on the London jazz and improv scene”                     -Stewart Smith, The Wire July ’16.

She has toured internationally and recorded with Django Bates and StoRMChaser.
Currently one of her main focuses is her trio, Julie Kjær 3, with bass player John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble. Their debut album ‘Dobbeltgænger’ was released in 2016 on Clean Feed Records.

She tours internationally with Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and his Large Unit. She also plays with London Improvisers Orchestra and is a leader and side woman of several other English and Danish ensembles. In autumn 2017 she was commissioned to compose a piece for the prestigious Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. A co-commission with the Danish Festival G((o))ng Tomorrow.  She has also been a featured composer by the British Music Collection (2014). She associates herself with prized performers like Mark Sanders, Dave Douglas, Thurston Moore, Louis Moholo-Moholo, John Russel, Dave Liebman, Laura Jurd, ‘Leafcutter’ John, Mira Calix, Veryan Weston and Steve Beresford.

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Katie Lodge is a London-based freelance trumpeter with extensive recording, broadcast, and concert experience as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and soloist. She has recorded sessions for Hollywood soundtracks at Abbey Road, AIR, and RAK studios, regularly broadcasts with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and recently performed a series of trumpet solos broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 as part of Wren’s 400th anniversary. Katie has worked with many orchestras including Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and is a founding member of chamber group Solus Trumpet Ensemble.

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Raymond was a resident Britten-Pears Artist 2022-2023 and award winning soloist, featured on disks by Tocca Classics, Another Timbre and Polytempo Records. Raymond performances feature on numerous BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, with performances with prestigious ensembles across the UK and abroad, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and with numerous other major professional ensembles throughout the UK, from Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Halls in London to new-music festivals in Sweden.
Raymond is passionate about working closely with composers, working with Rebecca Saunders, Noah Max, Marc Yeats and Jürg Frey for disk recordings and performances, as well as developing and premiering new works which push the clarinet to new heights which can bring new music to broader audiences.

Raymond is also a composer and is passionate about developing further literature around how to write for the clarinet. 

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Rebecca Toal is a freelance creative, working as a trumpet player, podcaster, writer, teacher and mental health advocate. Rebecca Toal is a freelance creative, working as a trumpet player, podcaster, writer, teacher and mental health advocate. As trumpet player, Rebecca has performed with a whole spectrum of different ensembles and orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Academy of Ancient Music, Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra and Apartment House..

Co-hosting the podcast Things Musicians Don't Talk About with Hattie Butterworth, Rebecca aims to destigmatize taboo issues in the music industry. The podcast has now interviewed over 60 industry professionals, commissioned blogs and delivered in-person workshops to organisations and institutions.

 Rebecca is committed to bettering the mental health landscape through her part-time studies as a counsellor, and is looking forward to qualifying in 2025. 

As trumpet player, Rebecca has performed with a whole spectrum of different ensembles and orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Academy of Ancient Music, Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra and Apartment House..

Co-hosting the podcast Things Musicians Don't Talk About with Hattie Butterworth, Rebecca aims to destigmatize taboo issues in the music industry. The podcast has now interviewed over 60 industry professionals, commissioned blogs and delivered in-person workshops to organisations and institutions.

 Rebecca is committed to bettering the mental health landscape through her part-time studies as a counsellor, and is looking forward to qualifying in 2025

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London-based saxophonist and painter Rob Burton was a BBC Young Musician 2018 Grand Finalist where he performed as concerto soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Recent performance highlights include concerto appearances with some of the UK's leading orchestras, such as Britten Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as at prestigious international festivals, including Festspiele Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Leicester, Cheltenham, and Oundle International Festivals and in venues including Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Prize-winner of many competitions and an avid performer of new music, Rob studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and completed his Masters degree studying contemporary music with Lars Mlekusch at Zürich University of the Arts.

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Michelle Hromin is a Croatian-American multidisciplinary artist, specializing in contemporary clarinet performance, writing, and curation. She uses mediums such as spoken word, electronics, and improvisation in her artistic practice to explore her identity, heritage, and human relationships. Recent engagements include touring "A Steve Reich Celebration" with the Colin Currie Group in Japan and across the US and performing at the BBC Proms. As an in-demand clarinetist, she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tokyo Opera City, Iklectik, and Cafe Oto and worked with groups such as eighth blackbird, English National Opera, London Mozart Players, Fifth House Ensemble, Lisa Bielawa's Broadcast from Here series, Audentia Ensemble, and International Contemporary Ensemble.

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Bradley is a professional trumpet player who plays on the international circuit. He has performed at London's top music venues; toured Europe and beyond as part of various orchestras and been a trumpet fellow of London's Southbank Sinfonia. 

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Yoni Silver is a London based performer, bass clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist.

He works within a wide array of different and mostly experimental frameworks: different forms of improvisation, Noise, (Hyper)Spectral music, Performance and composition. Besides his main instrument, the bass clarinet, he plays on the alto sax, violin, piano, computer, voice and other instruments.

His bass clarinet sound is characterised by unique techniques and ‘instrumental prosthetics’ which he has developed and which have allowed him to shift the woodwind sound palette into the realm of electronics and Noise.

He has appeared on such labels as Creative Sources, Confront Recordings, Wasted Capital, Chocolate Monk, Edition Modern, and has collaborated and performed with musicians Mark Sanders, Tim Hodgkinson, Dylan Nyoukis, Sharon Gal, Hatam/Hacklander, Primate Arena, Thanos Chrysakis, Birgit Ulher, the Israeli Contemporary Players and the Hyperion Ensemble (Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana Maria Avram) and many others.

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“swirling around the songs was bass clarinet player Chris Cundy, like a birdsong interrupting an argument” -  Los Angeles Times                                                                                                                         

Playing bass clarinet and rarified woodwind instruments Chris Cundy is a composer and performer with a practice rooted in experimental and improvised settings. His work also crosses over into popular music and he has worked with a variety of songwriters and groups including Timber Timbre, Cold Specks (aka Ladan Hussein), Thor & Friends, Baby Dee & Little Annie, and Guillemots.

Growing up in the Medway towns Chris became friends with artist and punk musician Billy Childish who introduced him to the exploits of homemade music-making at an early age. This led to a lasting DIY attitude and by the time he was 12 Chris had already started out as a street performer and busker. After hearing Eric Dolphy's music he took up the bass clarinet. He remains self-taught.

Also a visual artist, Chris studied painting at Cheltenham where he discovered a synergy between drawing practices and improvised music. This led to self-developed playing techniques using multi-phonics, circular breathing, exploring micro tonality and generally speaking a more tactile approach to the instrument. Chris also performs contemporary classical music and has premiered works by Greek composer Thanos Chrysakis. He performs as a soloist and as a member of The Set Ensemble.

He is also involved with theatre music, and recently contributed to an original soundtrack for Florian Zeller's stage play The Mother starring Gina McKee. Chris has performed at Shakespeare's Globe and toured with circus companies NoFit State, and Imagineer.

One off sessions have seen Chris performing alongside Moby, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Lol Coxhill, Vieux Farka Touré, Fatoumata Diawara, Alexander Hawkins, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Lisa Hannigan.

He has released three solo albums, Gustav Lost in 2016 (FMR Records), The Disruptive Forest in 2017 (Confront), and the mini-album Crude Attempt in 2020 (Pressing Records). A further album of acoustic bass clarinet compositions is expected in 2021 titled Of All The Common Flowers.

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Jason Alder is a low clarinet specialist and holds degrees in clarinet performance (Michigan State University- US), bass clarinet performance (Conservatorium van Amsterdam- NL), creative improvisation (Artez Conservatorium- NL), as well as post-graduate study in the application of the advanced rhythmic principles of South Indian Karnatic music to contemporary Western classical and jazz music (Contemporary Music and Improvisation through Non-Western Techniques). He is currently conducting PhD research on the sonic possibilities on the contrabass clarinet (Royal Northern College of Music- UK). He is well-established as a performer of contemporary music and frequently works with composers to develop and premiere new works either as a soloist, with his flute-clarinet Shadanga Duo, the Four New Brothers Bass Clarinet Quartet, or in a variety of other formations. As well as composed music, Jason regularly performs internationally as an improviser, electroacoustic musician, and in world music and jazz bands. He is often found performing, lecturing, or on panel discussion at festivals around the world, including the International ClarinetFests, European Clarinet Festivals, Istanbul Woodwind Festival, American Single Reed Summit, Netherlands Gaudeamus New Music Festival, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Havana Festival of Contemporary Music, and Leeds International Festival of Artistic Innovation. He is also sought after as a recording engineer for many classical and jazz musicians around Europe. Originally from metro-Detroit, Jason has lived in Europe since 2006 and is an endorsing Artist for Selmer clarinets, D'Addario reeds, Behn mouthpieces, and Silverstein ligatures.

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With a repertoire from early opera to new works by today’s leading composers, William Cole’s recent highlights include series of concerts with Britten Sinfonia, Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, his debut with Red Note Ensemble at Sound Festival Scotland, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen for Waterperry Opera Festival, his German debut conducting Grisey’s Vortex Temporum with musica assoluta Hannover, and Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis at the Prototype Festival New York. Active in the opera house as well as the concert stage, he has enjoyed engagements with leading companies including Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Opera North, Operá National du Rhin, Theater Aachen, Music Theatre Wales and Snape Maltings’ Jerwood Opera Programme, and the Glyndebourne, Garsington, Aldeburgh, Lammermuir and Grange Festivals.

A committed exponent of new and experimental work, he is Music Director of Filthy Lucre, an immersive mixed-genre collective with whom he has worked with artists from dance, sculpture, and film in music from Xenakis to The Clash. Other work in this area includes major works by Ligeti, Boulez, Grisey, Vivier and Kurtág as well as new works by composers including Patricia Alessandrini, Emily Howard, and Laurence Osborn. He was a member of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s NEXT programme 2019-2021. Early music is an increasingly important strand of William’s work, with recent and future engagements as a harpsichordist including projects with The English Concert, London Handel Festival, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, La Nuova Musica, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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