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by David Darling & Jane Buttars

David’s Grammy-winning cello and Jane’s expressive piano connect deeply to create these moving duets, improvised at the moment of recording. Lyrical, meditative, energetic contemporary classical, and India-modal pieces with inventiveness and artistry.
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1. Awakening
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2. County Clare
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3. Child's Play
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4. Into the Stepwell
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5. Tracking
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6. Pulse
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7. In the Cascades
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8. Stillness of Stone
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9. Antique Dance
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10. Horizons
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11. Answering Silence
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12. Lament of the Princess
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13. Uptown Strut
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14. Varanasi in Dreams
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Through intense listening and uncanny intuition, David and Jane spontaneously intertwine their melodies and rhythms into cohesive pieces that come alive with magical immediacy. David’s soulful cello and Jane’s warm acoustic piano tone blend with breathtaking beauty, and their shared sense of timing is exceptional. Both musicians reveal imaginative moods and tone qualities with their instruments---peaceful and playful, dramatic and virtuosic, with moments suspended in time.
These improvisations were recorded in two sessions, without any previously composed chord charts or rehearsals. Jane writes: “Free improvisation gives me a way to produce and experience direct links between my inner ear, my emotions, my fingers, my outer ear, and my mind, without the interference of my eyes reading another person’s music. It renews my spiritual connection with the world of sound. Improvising with another person expands this experience, and challenges me to be awake every second to my partner’s intentions, to be open to receiving inspiration in the moment, and to welcome the evolving game of conversing, imitating, and singing as one voice.”

David Darling is a Grammy Award-winning cellist, composer, and teacher. His most recent recording, Prayer For Compassion, won the Grammy Award in 2010, and his CD, Cello Blue, was nominated for a Grammy in 2001. He is a former member of the Paul Winter Consort and has been touring for over 40 years. He has given concerts in major venues internationally.
Darling has collaborated on performances and recordings with many world-famous musicians and performers, including Bobby McFerrin, Spyro Gyra, Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai, Ralph Towner, the Bunon tribe of Taiwan, Chungliang Al Huang, Coleman Barks, the dance ensemble Pilobolus, and Peter, Paul and Mary. He has also composed scores and performed music for more than a dozen major motion pictures, including Michael Mann's Heat, and Jean-Luc Godard's Nouvelle Vague.
In 1986 he founded Music For People, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to teaching and fostering free improvisation as a means of creative self-expression; he facilitates workshops to help all people experience the joy of music.

Jane Buttars’ collaboration on Tympanum follows her prior release of Keys to the Inside, a CD of original live solo piano improvisations. She is a versatile musician, innovative educator and scholar who has performed as pianist, harpsichordist, vocalist, and dancer. Her solo and joint concerts often combine instrumental, vocal, and movement improvisation with enthusiastic audience interaction.
Dr. Buttars is Coordinator of the Music for People Graduate Program, and has been invited to serve on staff as an improvisation facilitator at their quarterly training seminars. Through Music From the Inside (her own regional program), she provides workshops in music and movement improvisation for self-expression. She is also asked to make interactive presentations to professional piano teacher associations on the joys of teaching improvisation.
Classically trained, she studied at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler and in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in keyboard performance. She maintains a studio for private sessions, including distance learning, in Princeton, NJ. She is a former member of the keyboard faculties of Elmhurst College (Illinois) and Northwest Missouri State University.

Tym pa num n. 1 the eardrum or middle ear 2 a stretched membrane; a drum or tambourine 3 The ornamental recessed panel enclosed by the cornices of a triangular pediment, or the space between an arch and the lintel of a portal or window



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Lynn Miller, Staff writer, Connections magazine

Tympanium: Connections magazine, Spring 2014
Tympanum was recorded live, and contains “in the moment” dramatic duet improvisations by pianist Jane Buttars and cellist David Darling. Their melodies intertwine as they listen deeply through sound and silence. From dancing staccato rhythms to smooth melodic lines, both musicians express through the tones and colors of their instruments. They match or compliment one another in intensity, dynamics, textures, melodies, phrasing and surprises, creating one sound. Both are masters in improvisation. This high level of listening is guided through pure inspiration, the sounds, intuition and spirit as they play in synch with no pre-conceived idea. You hear the beauty in their hearts as they take you on a journey with a range of emotions from meditative, playfulness, sadness, contemplative to driving energy.

Jane Buttars holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and was a Fulbright Scholar. She was drawn to Music for People after feeling “burned out” after a long classical career. Jane graduated from MFP in 1999. She now shares her expertise as our newest MFP Board member. She is Coordinator for the Graduate Program and facilitates as staff for some of the MFP programs.

It is a gift to hear David Darling, who founded Music for People in 1986. He is a master teacher in improvisation and a Grammy-Award winner in 2010. He has composed scores for more than a dozen major motion pictures. He has performed and recorded with many world famous musicians. He has also recorded and produced several CD’s with MFP members including Jane’s first CD, Keys to the Inside, original live solo improvisations.

Tympanum was recorded at SUNY, Fredonia, NY and at Jane’s Music from the Inside Studio in Princeton, NJ and engineered by Eric Miller and Robert Bullington. It was produced by Jane Buttars and David Darling.

Barbara Figge Fox

Each Moment New
Most musicians bring life to a page of musical notes and try to make it sound fresh and in the moment. Pianist Jane Buttars and cellist David Darling improvise their music -- moment by moment. In their first album together, Tympanum, the listener gets to sit in on their exciting moments of creation. Each piece is a journey, imagined and created step by exciting step. Do not expect to listen to their improvisations while you are doing something else. Their focus is so intense that it snatches you and demands your full attention. Each of the 14 selections takes a different mood journey. Sometimes persistent but unexpected rhythms bubble up to the surface and fairly bid the listener to get out of a chair and MOVE for heaven's sake. Or gentle swaying lifts your spirits, like a high swing, and then subsides into still calm.
They are not limited to major, minor or modal; they can play for two minutes in the key of silence.
How to compare it? Maybe to say, think of combining the energy of jazz improv plus the adventuresomeness of Poulenc, plus the whimsy of e.e. cummings, But keep in mind that this is a duo of classical musicians.
I can envision several important uses for Tympanum, beyond listening for delight. These improvisations fairly beg to be danced to -- by those who do "contact improv" or those who choreograph. They could work wonderfully as part of a worship service, to introduce or follow a psalm or meditation that fits the particular mood. Creative dance teachers and nursery school teachers-- here is a gold mine. Mostly, though, I just want to sit in my rocking chair, look out the window and be taken on one journey of imagination after another, each moment new.

Jeremy Keene

TYMPANUM Strikes the Ears and Heart!
This CD is a real treat and a great artistic achievement. Imagine creating duets out of nothing but musical intelligence!---and the sustained yearning to listen always and closely to the other player, in the actual ongoing process of original making! From the haunting and shimmering “County Clare” to the jaunty “Uptown Strut,” you will find much probing of different moods, each of them intensely explored in compacted scope.
This music shows true ensemble work at its most essential. The pieces are models for music-making. What kinds of rhythms and motifs ask for (require?) what kinds of answers to keep the interaction going? You can’t imagine the kind of organic thinking that has gone into these inventions until you try doing something comparable (and you can try this too!). No one’s reading notes, so be prepared to be thrilled by spot-on unisons and exceptional chords!
Darling’s bowing and tone are very special (I really like “Horizons” here); so also, Buttars’ varieties of touch at the keyboard, especially in the gorgeous “Lament of the Princess.”
Both players give each other enough room for virtuosic moments, but the meditative parts are equally dramatic in their depth of musical range.
This new music, surprising and energizing, created in the very moment, is absolutely new and unrepeatable. But the duo is a natural: let’s have more, more!