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Gyan Riley – Dark Queen Mantra (24/192 FLAC)

Gyan Riley - Dark Queen Mantra (24/192 FLAC)
Gyan Riley – Dark Queen Mantra (24/192 FLAC)

Performer: Del Sol String Quartet, Gyan Riley
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Dorian Sono Luminus
Release: 2017
Size: 2.19 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Riley: Dark Queen Mantra
01. I. Vizcaino
02. II. Goya with Wings
03. III. Dark Queen Mantra

Scodanibbio: Mas Lugares (Su Madrigali di Monteverdi)
04. I. Allegro
05. II. Io mi son giovinetta
06. III. Largo
07. IV. Quell’augellin, che canta
08. V. Che se tu se’ ‘l cor mio

09. Riley: The Wheel and Mythic Birds Waltz

Recorded: 22-26 February 2016
Recording Venue: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia, US

For the Del Sol Quartet, this album is a culmination – and also the start of an ongoing musical journey. Terry Riley doesn’t limit his music within a final double-bar but allows it to keep on growing – he’s already composed more music for us to play together. As a quartet, we’ve found new energy and growth through the xperience of performing Terry’s quartets off-book, by memory. As musicians, we’ve found an inspiring example – Terry has the strength to follow his own path balanced with the humility and curiosity of an eternal student. For our 25th anniversary festival, we are focusing on Terry’s music and honored that Terry and Gyan will be joining us. Like so many worthwhile endeavors, this album began with af riendship. Del Sol violist Charlton Lee first met guitarist Gyan while playing in an ensemble led by the composer/bassist Gavin Bryars. ”I’d been wanting to find more opportunities to play with Gyan ever since we met,” Charlton explains. ”And with Terry’s 80th birthday on the horizon it seemed a perfect time to commission a new piece for all of us to play together.” For the other dimension of this album, we had long been aware of Stefano Scodanibbio’s awesome abilities as a trailblazing double-bass virtuoso, we had our first chance to perform his music thanks to Gyan. Gyan curated a memorial concert celebrating Stefano’s music at The Stone in New York City and invited us to participate.

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