Mike Morey | Modes of Persuasion

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Modes of Persuasion

by Mike Morey

The following studio album features all original compositions for the guitar and piano in a solo medium by guitarist and composer Mike Morey.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fusion Sonata # 3: I. Introduction and Allegro
5:09 $0.99
2. Fusion Sonata # 3: II. Passacaglia
3:28 $0.99
3. Fusion Sonata # 3: III. Moderato
3:55 $0.99
4. Fusion Sonata # 3: IV. Presto
4:14 $0.99
5. Three Concert Sinfonias: I. Moderato
7:10 $0.99
6. Three Concert Sinfonias: II. Allegro
1:37 $0.99
7. Three Concert Sinfonias: III. Calmly
3:01 $0.99
8. Jangada Por Curupaiti
9:10 $0.99
9. Heteroglossia: I. Moderato
4:21 $0.99
10. Heteroglossia: II. Mysterioso
5:05 $0.99
11. Heteroglossia: III. Ballad
8:09 $0.99
12. Ten Polymetric Variations On J.S. Bach's E Minor Bourrée (BWV 996)
12:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mike Morey is a classical and electric guitarist, composer, and improviser whose distinctive style has developed from a unique synthesis of classical, rock, and jazz/fusion music. He has written numerous solo, and chamber works showcasing the guitar as well as music for orchestra. His exploration of composition began under the direction of Blaise Ferrandino, followed by studies in counterpoint, harmony, and orchestration. He later studied improvisation and technique from Jan Ryberg and Chris Carrington and musicianship with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. Mike holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas with a related field emphasis in musicology. Mike has been a featured performer in various music festivals throughout the country while maintaining an active composing schedule.

The first work on the cd marks the third installment of the fusion sonata series. It contains two primary themes and follows a four-movement formal structure. The Introduction and Allegro anticipates all of the materials in the remaining three movements. The passacaglia, which was entirely improvised on this recording retains a harmonic and melodic profile from the first movement in addition to foreshadowing the resolution of tonal conflicts presented in the finale.

The "Concert Sinfonias" are my homage to J.S. Bach, and more specifically, to his fifteen 3-part sinfonias. The first three presented in this recording are from a larger set of fifteen fugues which were composed in 2013. The pieces here contain many of the structural elements found in fugal procedures from the Baroque Era, and they also recall other earlier and later approaches to imitative writing. The work as a collection is my attempt to simply engage in the musical discourse of fugal composition by drawing upon various musical languages that have conditioned my compositional aesthetic (just as Bach did in his time with Italian and French music).

"Jangada por Curupaiti" is work for solo piano in rondo form which was inspired by a storm that nearly took my car while living in Brazil. As the water began to flood the Curupaiti street of Santana, my car transformed into a Jangada (raft). The work contains a flowing melody recalling the water that was beginning to move my car out of the street. The fugetta in the middle section represents the moment where a decision had to made -- stay or abandon ship! The piece was performed on this recording by pianist/producer, Matt Bowers.

"Heteroglossia" is term taken from literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, which refers to a blending of world views through language that creates complex unity from a hybrid of utterances. Interpreted in a musical sense, multiple characters or 'voices' can emerge as more powerful than others by being present as well as silent . The coexistence and conflict of these various voices is what gives meaning to this work. The first movement contains a theme as presented by the author; the second presents the theme from the narrator's perspective; the third movement gives the theme to a main character (the performer).

The Polymetric Bourrée is a concert arrangement of the E minor Bourrée from J.S. Bach's "Lute Suite (BWV 996)." The work is both a homage to J.S. Bach and to guitarist/composer/improviser, Dušan Bogdanović, whose extensive contribution in using polymetrics as a structural parameter in his compositions have been absorbed in my playing. Many of the variations were improvised on this recording, which should make for some nice surprises.



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