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Emergence

by Lawrence Blatt

Award winning musician, Lawrence Blatt releases Emergence. The album consists of 12 original compositions that will stir the imagination
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1. A Promise in the Woods
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2. Emergence
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3. Gar Du Nord
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4. Walking Among Tulips
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5. Passing Up Bridges
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6. Entering The East Gate
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7. The Place Where Monarchs Go
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8. Poloyne
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9. Where The Pines Once Stood
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10. Say Hello Again
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11. Illuminations
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12. Green Corn
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Emergence:
Eclectic, Contemporary, Mathematical, Colorful, and Emergent Compositions for the Acoustic Guitar
All Compositions Written by Lawrence Blatt
Produced by Will Ackerman,
Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios, Brattleboro, Vermont
and
Knob and Tube Studios, San Francisco, California
Digital Recording, Mixing and Mastering by Tom Eaton (Imaginary Road)
Digital Recording by Corin Nelsen (Imaginary Road) and
Digital Recording by Gary Mankin (Knob & Tube)
Original Artwork by Lawrence Blatt

The natural world is full of complex patterns and seemingly unexplainable order. From the migration patterns of birds and butterflies, to the beauty of an individual snowflake, our world is filled with endless expressions of mathematical complexity. Scientists who study these natural phenomenon have begun to understand the concept that diverse patterns can be derived from simple rules, which often lead to unexpected outcomes. This scientific concept has been given the name, “Emergence” and is now a central theme in the exploration of varied biological, as well as inorganic systems.

I became intrigued by the biological applications of “Emergence” several years ago and I have now utilized the underling tenants of this theory to produce my new musical project entitled, Emergence. For each composition, I wrote the basic guitar part by strictly adhering to musical rules of chord progression and scale theory. For the solo instrumentals that played on the album, no written music was given to individual performers. Instead, I instructed them on the “allowable” movement based on guidance from musical theory and practice. What emerged from this exercise was far greater than I could have ever imagined…

Compositions


1. A Promise in the Woods
Time: 1:34
Guitar Tuning: AEADF#A
Instrument(s): Tacoma Thunder Chief Baritone Guitar: Lawrence Blatt

2. Emergence
Time: 2:38
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): Foggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Violin: Charlie Bisharat



3. Gare Du Nord
Time: 3:24
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): Furch Stanford Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Violin: Lila Sklar
Viola: Lila Sklar
Cello: Eugene Friesen
Double Bass: Sam Bevan



4. Walking Among Tulips
Time: 3:10
Guitar Tuning: DADGBD
Instrument(s): Perlman Custom Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Cello: Eugene Friesen
English Horn: Jill Haley
French Horn: Richard "Gus" Sebring



5. Passing Up Bridges
Time: 4:26
Guitar Tuning: DADGAD
Instrument(s): Foggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Violin: Lila Sklar
Acoustic Bass: Lawrence Blatt
Accordion: Lawrence Blatt
Mandolin: Lawrence Blatt
Penny Whistle: Jim Rothermel

6. Entering the East Gate
Time: 5:01
Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): Foggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt


7. The Place Where Monarchs Go
Time: 4:56
Tuning: AEADF#B
Instrument(s): Tacoma Thunder Chief Baritone Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Violin: Charlie Bisharat


8. Poloyne
Time: 5:34
Guitar Tuning: DADGBE
Instrument(s): Perlman Custom Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Violin: Lila Sklar


9. Where the Pines Once Stood
Time: 2:24
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): Foggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
French Horn: Richard "Gus" Sebring



10. Say Hello Again
Time: 4:24
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): Foggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
1st Violin: Charlie Bisharat
2nd Violin: Lila Sklar
Viola: Lila Sklar
Cello: Eugene Friesen




11. Illuminations
Time: 2:20
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE (Capo Third Fret)
Instrument(s): Foggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt


12. Green Corn
Time: 3:33
Guitar Tuning: BEADF#B
Instrument(s): Tacoma Thunder Chief Baritone Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Violin: Charlie Bisharat
French Horn: Richard "Gus" Sebring


Acknowledgements and Other Stuff:
Thanks to Will Ackerman for producing this album and for continuing to push me further. Thanks to Tom Eaton and Corin Nelsen at Imaginary Road Studios and thanks to Gary Mankin of Knob & Tube Studios. Also, several solo artists contributed significantly to this project and I am grateful for their individual talents. There is a special bond between musicians who collaborate together, especially when there is only a short lead sheet, as was the case for this album. The artists who played on this album include Charlie Bisharat, who reached into the soul of each composition, Lila Sklar, who connected with each piece as if she wrote them, Eugene Friesen, who I have worked with in the past and who brought his cello magic to this album, Gus Sebring, who added a new flavor to my music with his French horn, and Jill Haley, who played the beautiful English horn part on Walking Among Tulips. Lastly, a special thanks to Jim Rothermel, who played penny whistle on the composition, Passing Up Bridges. Jim passed away in 2011 and his music will surely live on.

If you would like to learn more about me, please visit my website at www.lawrenceblatt.com or send me an email at lawrence@lawrenceblatt.com

Lawrence Blatt

© LMB Music 2014 All Rights Reserved

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Emergence" is guitarist Lawrence Blatt’s fourth album of original music. Produced by Will Ackerman, the album is comprised of three guitar solos and nine ensemble pieces that feature stellar musicians often found on Ackerman productions, including Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Lila Sklar (violin and viola), and Jill Haley (English horn). All twelve pieces are exceptional even without knowing how the music was created, but a bit of knowledge about Blatt’s inspiration and composing process brings an even greater appreciation for the beauty of the music. The scientific concept of “emergence” states that diverse patterns can be derived from simple rules, often leading to unexpected results. Intrigued by the biological applications of “emergence,” Blatt utilized some of the basic principles to create the music for this album. He wrote the basic guitar part for each piece by strictly adhering to musical rules of chord progression and scale theory. No written parts were given to the other musicians. Instead, Blatt instructed them on the “allowable” movement based on musical theory and practice. Despite those restrictions, the music is fluid, accessible, and often very emotional. Blatt has combined science, math, and music on his previous recordings, so it is only mildly surprising to learn that he has a PhD in science. Classically-trained on violin for about ten years, Blatt started learning the guitar at the age of twelve and became part of the Indiana folk scene while continuing his classical studies. With such a varied background, it is no wonder that Blatt brings such a wealth of experience to his music, which is (happily) very difficult to classify. I love Blatt’s three earlier recordings, but think "Emergence" is his best album yet.

"Emergence" begins with “A Promise in the Woods,” a lovely guitar solo. The title track is a gorgeous duet with Charlie Bisharat that allows both artists to really shine by demonstrating their heartfelt artistry rather than flashy technique. “Gare Du Nord” is a stately chamber quartet with Blatt (guitar), Sklar (violin and viola), Friesen (cello), and Sam Bevan on double bass - elegant but very warm and accessible. The gently blissful “Walking Among Tulips” features Blatt, Friesen, Haley, and Richard “Gus” Sebring (French horn) - again very classical. “Passing Up Bridges” reveals Blatt’s folk roots and features him playing guitar, bass, accordion, and mandolin. Sklar joins him on violin and the late Jim Rothermel played a joyful and buoyant penny whistle. This beautiful piece would be perfect behind photos or a film about America’s heartland. “The Place Where Monarchs Go” is another stellar duet with Bisharat. This time, Blatt’s baritone guitar has a grounding influence while Bisharat’s violin sends the music floating into the clouds - love it! “Poloyne” is my favorite track. A duet with Sklar (violin), it begins as a dark violin solo with a Middle Eastern flavor. Blatt’s expressive guitar is more rhythmic while tinged with mystery, and the piece is sometimes heartbreakingly mournful. The graceful and evocative “Where the Pines Once Stood” is a duet for guitar and French horn. “Illuminations” is a spare and dreamy guitar solo. “Green Corn” closes the set with an unusual trio - baritone guitar, violin (Bisharat), and French horn - again evoking peaceful images of wide open spaces and breezes gently blowing through fields - a sweetly upbeat close to an outstanding album.

Lawrence Blatt has created another masterpiece with "Emergence"! Very highly recommended!!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
For this album, Lawrence composed and arranged all the compositions, as well as played all of the guitar parts and several other instruments including acoustic bass, mandolin and accordion. "Emergence", was produced by the Grammy winning producer and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman, and includes a number of Will’s A-list studio musicians. Some of the songs on the album are ensemble pieces, while others are solo guitar. However, solo pieces can often sound like more than one instrument due to Lawrence’s technique of featuring subtle counter-melodies, rhythmic interplays or even multiple parts played simultaneously on one guitar (lead, rhythm and bass at the same time, for example).

The opening track, entitled “A Promise in the Woods,” while brief, covers a lot of ground melodically, and has one of the most intriguing chord progressions I’ve heard in a while. I must say that Lawrence plays a fine collection of handcrafted acoustic guitars, which in his hands sing with some sweet sounds. Track two is a stunning duet on the title song, which features the violin of Charlie Bisharat accompanying Lawrence’s acoustic guitar. This piece is as intimate as could be, emanating emotion and heart energy. I found it powerfully moving despite its understated demeanor - a tribute to Lawrence’s songwriting ability.

I’ve always liked the kind of descending chord progressions as found on a solo guitar piece called “Entering the East Gate.” This piece offers a good example of how Lawrence’s fretboard technique can make it sound like more than one instrument playing. Another of his distinguishing qualities as a songwriter is the use of space, which is effectively employed on “Where The Pines Once Stood.” I liked the way pauses were used to allow the music to breathe and also create a sense of expectation before the next phrase. Throughout the album, I particularly appreciated the prominent interplay between Lawrence and his musical special guests. But in addition to his stellar guitar skills, I was equally impressed with Lawrence’s abilities as a songwriter and arranger. "Emergence" is aptly titled as it reflects the bringing to light of one of today’s brightest acoustic guitar recording artists.

To read a full length feature article on this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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