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Tangled Flow

by Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, Robert Pollock, Toru Takemitsu & Edward T. Cone

TANGLED FLOW is a collaboration between "Tangled Duo" and "Ebb and Flow Arts". Born from a multi decade artistic relationship between Violinist, Composer Sarn Oliver and Pianist, Composer Robert Pollock.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kazanka Ice Berg
Sarn Oliver, Robert Pollock & Mariko Smiley
3:57 $0.99
2. Duo No. 5
Sarn Oliver & Robert Pollock
12:35 $0.99
3. Plum Blossoms Floating
Sarn Oliver & Robert Pollock
8:02 $0.99
4. Elegy
Sarn Oliver, Robert Pollock, Mariko Smiley, Toru Takemitsu & Edward T. Cone
10:14 $0.99
5. Rocking Mirror Daybreak: I. Autumn
Sarn Oliver & Mariko Smiley
2:24 $0.99
6. Rocking Mirror Daybreak: II. Passing Bird
Sarn Oliver & Mariko Smiley
3:39 $0.99
7. Rocking Mirror Daybreak: III. in the Shadow
Sarn Oliver & Mariko Smiley
2:11 $0.99
8. Rocking Mirror Daybreak: IV. Rocking Mirror
Sarn Oliver & Mariko Smiley
2:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
Sarn Oliver

Violinist, Composer

Sarn Oliver has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Oliver has appeared in solo performances with orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony. A featured artist on the PBS television program “State of the Arts” his concerts have been broadcast on radio stations throughout the country. Mr. Oliver’s violin playing has been described by San Francisco Classical Voice as “simply phenomenal.” His recordings include a 1991 recording of the Benda and Stamitz Violin Concertos with the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra, France and chamber music recordings like 2002 Fish Creek Music recording of Eric Ewazen’s Quintet for English horn and String Quartet.

Mr. Oliver performs in chamber music festivals and concert series throughout the United States. He is currently a founding member of the Tilden Trio which performs throughout the country. He was the creator of the jazz group, the Continuum. Also a recording engineer and producer, Sarn Oliver founded SarnWorks LLC. Recording Studio in 2007 and remains active recording, producing and engineering classical, contemporary CD's and film projects.

Additionally Mr. Oliver is the President /Artistic Director of the Marin Chamber Music Festival, a non profit organization created to further chamber music performance and education in the SF Bay Area.

Sarn Oliver began composing in 2004 and his compositions have received numerous performances and growing recognition. In 2005 a performance of “Trio One”, his trio for 2 violins and viola, was premiered at The Chamber Music Series at Davies Symphony Hall. “Trio One” was enthusiastically received by the San Francisco Classical Voice, which hailed Mr. Oliver as:”an unusually thoughtful and eclectically-minded composer.” He has also received several commissions including a commission from Ebe and Flow Arts, Hawai’i that resulted in performances of his new work for piano trio “Travels” on Maui and Oahu in July of 2009. Mr. Oliver’s symphonic work “FairFan Fanfare,” was recently premiered in November of 2009 by Symphony Parnassus at Herbst Hall in San Francisco. In May of 2009 Sarn Oliver was invited as a composer and violinist to participate in the Europe Asia Festival 2009 in Kazan, Russia In May 2010, Performances of his works in Tokyo, Japan included his new violin duo piece “Interwoven” written for his newly formed Violin Duo “Tangled Duo” established with his wife and fellow San Francisco Symphony violinist Mariko Smiley. Upcoming performances of the work “Interwoven” in conjunction with RawDance who have created a dance work to it , can be seen in San Francisco this October. Sarn's most recent Chamber Music performances took place in March 2012 in Davies Symphony Hall SF and Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, NY where he premiered Morton Zubotnick's work "Jacobs Room" as part of the San Francisco Symphony Mavericks tour.

Mr. Oliver attended the Juilliard Pre-college studying with Sally Thomas. Other teachers include Ronald Neale, Ivan Galamian and Elmar Oliveria. He received Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a student of Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School. He has served as violin faculty at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California and University of California, Davis as well as University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Oliver is the former Principal Second Violin of the Sacramento Symphony and Concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony and is currently a First Violinist with the San Francisco Symphony.

Robert Pollock

Composer and pianist

Robert Pollock received a B. A. in Music from Swarthmore College, and M.F.A. in Musical Composition from Princeton University. He is founder and director emeritus of the Composers Guild of New Jersey, and now a full time resident of Maui. He has organized over 300 new music concerts and, as pianist, he has premiered over 100 compositions by composers from around the world. He founded Ebb & Flow Arts on Maui in 1999.

Pollock continues to explore international networking as well as participate in educational programming on Maui. He recently performed solo piano recitals in Moscow, Russia, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, Japan. In November, 1998, he participated as composer-in-residence in the Festival for New American Music, Sacramento State University. Some of his over one hundred (100) compositions received recent performances in Israel, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Honolulu, Italy, Poland, Germany, Chicago, and New York.

He has received numerous commissions and awards including Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Grant Fellowship, several New Jersey State Fellowships and Composers String Quartet Award, first prize. Several of his works are recorded for CRI and CGNJ labels, and several works published by Mobart, E.C. Schirmer, Veritas Musicae and Rosalime Productions.

Mariko Smiley

Mariko Smiley Violin began studies with her father, David Smiley , who was a violist with the San Francisco Symphony from 1962-1973. She went on to study with Leonard Austria, Stuart Canin, and Dorothy Delay.

Mariko received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. She has participated in many music festivals and concert series, including serving as Concertmaster and soloist for the Music in the Mountains Festival and the California Symphony.

Mariko was a member of the Aurora String Quartet, which recorded the entire string quartet repertoire of Prokofiev and Mendelssohn on the international label Naxos. She is a member of the first violin section of the San Francisco Symphony and enjoys playing with her fellow orchestra members, who include her husband, Sarn Oliver, brother Dan Smiley, sister-in-law Suzanne Leon, and Suzanne’s sister, Kelly Leon-Pearce, all of whom are violinists. She is also an instructor of Violin at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mariko enjoys exploring new music, reading, baking, travel, yoga, and time with her husband and ten year old son Sean.

Sarn Oliver

“Kazanka Ice Berg” was written as an occasion piece for the final concert of the
contemporary music festival in Kazan, Russia, 2011. The piece combines a playful
ode to the opening theme from the Berg violin concerto with a Russian/ Tartar
folk song "Kazanka" that depicts a romantic couple on the banks of the Volga River
and my own take on the Tartar emotional flavor of the beautiful city Kazan.

Robert Pollock

"Duo No. 5" is a twelve minute work in one movement, composed for Sarn Oliver.
There is no neat, clear-cut beginning and ending to the pieces I compose. They
are an outward manifestation of an ongoing evolution of practice that knows no
final, 'double bar line'. So, with Duo No. 5, the piece reflects an ongoing develop-
ment of mine wherein my interval scale meets my more recently discovered eight
note harmony. Both structures coalesce or condense into the so-called "octatonic
scale" of alternating half and whole steps.

There are many episodes in the piece. Basically they reduce to slow moving,
elegiac music from the beginning; and fast moving, diminuted material from the
second theme group that follows. The convergence of interval scales and eight
factor, "spiral" chords underscores, for me, the compositional practice of, among
others, Rameau, Beethoven, and Elliott Carter - the idea that melody arises out of
harmony. Certainly this is true of the violin's opening motive in "Duo No. 5" that
returns frequently in the piece.

Sarn Oliver

“Plum Blossoms Floating” was written during a San Francisco Symphony tour as a
kind of ode to Takemitsu. I had performed a number of his chamber works
recently and was infused with the poetic timing and pastoral colors that
Takemitsu's music creates. The work is a musical metaphor for the journey of a
plum blossom releasing from a tree branch, floating through air and time and
settling, floating on pool of water. Floating....

Edward Toner Cone

(May 4, 1917- October 23, 2004) was an American composer, music theorist,
pianist, and philanthropist who studied composition under Roger Sessions at
Princeton University, receiving his bachelor's in 1939 & MFA in 1942. Known for
his contributions to music criticism and analysis, Cone also composed a significant
body of music. His scholarly work addressed musical form and aesthetics, particu-
larly questions of rhythm and musical phrasing.

"Elegy" is a 10 minute piece in one movement. It is an evocative work that was
premiered in New York City, in 1946, with the composer at the piano. Upward
cascades of piano octaves accompany a mournful, plaintive tune in the muted
violin. A second theme in piano is more hopeful. An intense outburst, and
intricate development between the instruments ensue. Then reminiscences of
the opening tune proceed to a recapitulation and wistful, quiet ending.

Toru Takemitsu

(October 8, 1930 - February 20, 1996) was a Japanese composer and writer on
aesthetics and music theory. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu possessed consum-
mate skill in the subtle manipulation of instrumental and orchestral timbre. He
drew from a wide range of influences, including jazz, popular music, avant-garde
procedures and traditional Japanese music, in a harmonic idiom largely derived
from the music of Claude Debussy and Olivier Messiaen.
This CD is coproduced by Ebb & Flow Arts. E&FA receives support from Aaron Copland Fund for Music, AHS Foundation, Makana Aloha Foundation, Hawai’i Tourism Authority/Maui County OED/CPEP, John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation, Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture & Arts, Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, Edward T. Cone Foundation, BMI Foundation, and private contributions. Web site service provided by Maui Web Designs. For further information, write: E&FA, Box 1081, Kula HI 96790; and call: (808) 876 1854.



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