Gil Selinger | 4/4 Tet

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4/4 Tet

by Gil Selinger

Original neo-romantic compositions for cello quartet
Genre: Avant Garde: Classical Avant-Garde
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  Song Share Time Download
1. slow madness
5:39 $0.99
2. 3 pieces for four celli
16:53 album only
3. bugeyze
3:29 album only
4. klar
5:12 $0.99
5. quandry2
6:51 $0.99
6. oxygenqt
4:31 $0.99
7. dirge & waltz
6:02 album only
8. three short pieces for solo cello
2:41 album only
9. stretchqt
2:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
4/4 Tet features original improvisational compositions by cellist Gil Selinger. Drawing heavily from romantic classical influences as well as a wide variety of other sources this CD features 7 new pieces for cello quartet and 2 for solo cello.
"classical improvisation" is a still relatively unknown style of music. There are very few involved in it, since it really requires all the knowledge and discipline of traditional classical performance practice, and also requires a fluidity with improv usually only associated with jazz and its related styles.
On this CD, cellist Gil Selinger's second as a leader, we enter into the composers private world of compositional improv as all parts are overdubs and there is only one musician crafting all 4 parts for the cello quartets. There are elements of Shostakovich, Ives, Prokofiev, Brahms, Mahler, Beethoven, Mozart as well as downtown improvisers - many which Gil has worked with such as Daniel Carter, Eric Eigner, Francois Grillot, Assif Tsahar, Marilyn Crispell, Walter Thompson, etc...
This music is a fusion of all these styles and sounds funnelled back through a 19th century romantic vision. Some of the tracks can be thought of in terms of "program" music - music which attempts to tell a story through the use of common devices which is still very popular in today's film music.



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The CD sounds terrific and all of the pieces without exception are very strong and interesting. Gil's language is full of so much diversity, romance and good humor. A wonderful listening experience, whatever mood you're in.