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by Brake Drum Percussion

The newest chapter of percussion repertoire, from pyrotechnic duos to virtuosic solos and curious ethnic arrangements.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wildfire
16:14 $1.99
2. Interlude 1
9:39 $1.99
3. Somarimbalo
8:40 $1.99
4. Medicean Stars
8:24 $1.99
5. Ascension (Gamelan)
5:33 $1.99
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Album Notes
From the early morning in the African Savannah when the wildlife slowly awakens, to a roaring wildfire fuelling their stampede. The rage will stop only when a merciful rain puts out the fire. Wildfire captures the struggle between beauty and cruelty.
Intermezzo was a present from the good friend Helmuth, while on tour in Germany, ‘I was imagining a percussion virtuoso with a fantastic set-up’; tour which ended with a fantastic banquet including Helmuth’s rare wines and the beloved and mourned company of Horatiu Radulescu. The Intermezzo’s texture soon revealed to be impossible for a solo, so I recorded the ‘left-hand’ alone, to then introduce all the wonderful effects, typical of Flammer’s style, such as gliss, finger techniques and wondrous objects.
Somarimbalo is the 7th chapter of Thomas Simaku’s Soliloquy. ‘With each piece, the soloistic idea is presented in a different instrumental canvas and is elaborated according to the expressive qualities and the technical potentiality of each instrument’. It has been a great pleasure for me to premiere his piece in Trieste ’09 and to be with him on stage as he was describing the performance to a cheering audience.
Medicean Stars was the name ascribed by Galileo to what later turned out to be the four larger moons orbiting Jupiter. Several of Galileo’s sketches were plotted onto manuscript paper, to devise a clear structure, contrasting three tuned instrument with the many sounds of cymbals, toms and tam-tams. It was a magical evening in Padova when we were pleased to premiere Ben’s work, prepared with carefully selected instruments and mallets of our own invention.
Ascension appeared on our previous CD in EB’s arrangement for percussion. In August ’09 we had the wonderful opportunity to record a whole session with the fantastic Gamelan set at York University and we took it!

The Brake Drum Percussion was founded in 1983 by percussionist M°Pietro Bertelli who, through intense research and collaboration with composers and musicians, managed to create an ensemble able to promote and play the Contemporary Music Repertory for percussion instruments. So far, the variable line-up of twelve percussionists and over 150 instruments, has dealt with pieces by Cage, Xenakis, Nono, Radulescu, Donatoni, Scelsi, Reich, Riley, Obst, Nishimura, Holten, Flammer, Brizzi, Scannavini, Cisternino, Centazzo, Dufourt, Correggia, Louvier any many others, performing over 50 world premieres. The ensemble has been engaged in collaborations with various ensembles such as Mitteleuropa Orchestra -M°Andrea Centazzo, Nuove Sincronie (Milan), Octandre (Bologne), and Symphonic orchestras of Belluno, Treviso, Udine, Portenone, Vicenza and Venice. is the sound that the BDP achieves from the composition that amazes and inspires enthusiasm... - Andrea Centazzo
Several have been the performances at Contemporary Music Festivals in Italy, such as Biennale Musica and Sonopolis (Venice), Computer Art Festival (Padova), Progetto Siddharta (Mestre), Settembre Musica and Festival Antidogma in Turin, Finestre Sul '900 (Treviso), Musica Verticale, Nuova Consonanza, Roma Incontra Il Mondo (Rome), Ather Forum (Ferrara), Cinema Ritrovato (Bologne), University of Pennsylvania - The Graduate School of Fine Arts, Computer Art Festival (Padova), Time Zones (Bari), Accademia Chigiana (Siena), Festival Luigi Nono (Trieste - Broadcasted live on Radio3Suite), Settant'anni di Sylvano Bussotti (Asolo), Asolo Art-Film Festival (AIAF), Festival Cinema Muto (Pordenone), and Europe: Universities of York, Huddersfield, Edinburgh, Hertfordshire, Madrid, Padova, Expo'92 (Seville), Auditorium Nacional (Madrid), Lucero Festival (Paris - FRA), Les Semaines Musicales Internationales d'Orleans (FRA), Staadtische Museum (Heilbronn - GER), Recording and broadcasting for the SWR Sudwestrundfunk (GER), Sonic Fusion Festival (Edinburgh - UK).
Among the recorded albums, the 1995 with Pléiades by Iannis Xenakis and Akira Nishimura's Ketiak and 1999 Percussioni d'Italia entirely dedicated to Italian composers - Scelsi, Correggia, Donatoni, Giommoni, Cisternino, with extremely positive comments from the critics.
The BDP has never neglected the didactic activities. An innovative concert-lesson project is promoted each and every year and is aimed to sensitise primary and secondary school students to the universe of Percussion Music.



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