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by Raymond J. Lustig & Duo Noire

Ray Lustig's hypnotic and virtuosic Figments for two guitars features six duets exploring the limits of interdependence, in which the stereophonic whole of the sound is an intricately woven sum of its parts.
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1. Figment No. 1: Guadeloops
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2. Figment No. 2: 7e
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3. Figment No. 3: Gazebonauts
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4. Figment No. 4: Caliphonia
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5. Figment No. 5: By This Time Next Year
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6. Figment No. 6: Hybridizing
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Album Notes
The FIGMENTS began at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 2007, when composer Raymond J. Lustig met and began working with classical guitarists Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett, who would soon make their partnership official as Duo Noire. Each of Lustig's FIGMENTS explores dependence, a wholeness that is shared in two non-independent parts. Melodies and rhythmic schemes exist not in either player’s part but in the sum of the two, so the two parts must be together to make sonic sense. The unified outer texture is actually an illusion of two inextricably interwoven parts.

All tracks composed by Raymond J. Lustig
All tracks performed by Duo Noire
Recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY
Artwork layout by John Walter Lustig

Special thanks to Copland House, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Norfolk Festival, Benjamin Verdery, Robert Beaser, John Corigliano, Samuel Adler, Derek Bermel, Adam Schoenberg, Jakub Ciupinski, Cristina Spinei, Ryan Francis, Rupert Boyd, Blind Ear Music, Ana Berlin, Alejandro Berlin, Leon and Ilda Berlin, Paula Mlyn and Lee Streby of A440 Arts Group, Neke Carson, the Gershwin Hotel, and all of our families, friends, colleagues, and fans who have helped encourage and support this project.

Raymond J. Lustig
“…entrancing… surreally beautiful… ecstatic… rapturous”
—The New York Times

“…inspired…hauntingly beautiful… arresting… complex and striking… genuinely moving… gorgeous success.”

“Lustig is writing music charged with intensity and leavened with intelligence.”
—The American Academy of Arts and Letters

Raymond J. Lustig’s orchestral, chamber, and stage works have been presented in venues ranging from New York City clubs and galleries to major concert halls and festivals around the world—from New York’s Le Poisson Rouge and Galapagos Art Space to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the École Normale in Paris. He trained at Juilliard, and his teachers have included John Corigliano, Robert Beaser, Samuel Adler, and Derek Bermel.

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DUO NOIRE is groundbreaking American classical guitarists Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett. Formed while both were attending the Yale School of Music as the first African American guitarists in the school's history, Duo Noire has gone on to perform across the United States at prestigious venues such as the Norfolk Music Festival, the 92nd Street Y, Le Poisson Rouge, the Times Center, and for the St. Louis Guitar Society as Artists-in-Residence. They have collaborated with acclaimed musicians Jason and Alicia Hall Moran, Eighth Blackbird's Lisa Kaplan, and the composer collective Blind Ear Music.

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David Turkheimer

Everything about this album is amazing! The music rewards repeated close listening. The playing is both impassioned and technically flawless. Even the recording is the best I've ever heard of guitar music.