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Cello Temple

by Stephen Katz

CELLO TEMPLE is dedicated to the dancers who inspired these improvisations. Ranging from deep trance to uplifting lyricism, this album represents some of my favorite moments from hundreds of hours of jamming.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ribbons of the Sun
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2. Welcome
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3. Looking Glass
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4. Kindred Spirits
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5. Tiny Blossom
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6. Equatorial
6:33 $0.99
7. With Crickets
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8. Prakasa Prayer
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9. Small Stuff
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10. Cello Temple
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Album Notes
All of the music on CELLO TEMPLE was improvised in the room with dancers at movement jams, including VIDAM and Dance Spirit (Northampton), Prakasa Yoga Studio (Goshen), and the Movement Improv Jam (Cambridge).

The layered cello effect is made with electronic looping pedals. This allows me to record short phrases while playing and then add or play along with them. The dancers and I can hear the resulting loops and layers through speakers. On each occasion I also made a live recording of the complete improvisation. Later I made minimal changes and cross-fades. The only post-jam addition occurs in track ten, which I layered with surf sounds.

Cellist and award-winning composer Stephen Katz has charted new territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello with the groundbreaking approach he calls Flying Pizzicato. The results are compositions that juggle two or three voices at a time, making music that lays grooves, weaves tunes, and lifts spirits. Having performed his compositions at Carnegie Recital Hall and toured internationally as a soloist, and with the Paul Winter Consort, Rachael Sage, and the Essex String Quartet, Stephen is also an improviser and composer in the Dance world. He has collaborated and performed with Andrew Harwood, Chris Aiken, members of Pilobolus and Beverly Blossom dance companies, and has been a Visiting Artist at Amherst College. As a co-founder of the movement/theater company Seen & Heard with the late dancer and monologist BJ Goodwin, he literally danced with the cello while accompanying the dramas they played out on stage. Stephen has been featured on American Public Media national broadcasts of Performance Today. He is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient through the SUNY/Buffalo Arts in Healthcare Initiative. As a film composer, his score for The Rich Have Their Own Photographers won the Jury Prize Gold Medal for Best Impact of Music in a Documentary at the Park City Film Music Festival. He also scored Two Square Miles, a film about Hudson, NY, which has been broadcast nationally on PBS/Independent Lens. A native of San Francisco, Stephen received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He and his wife Beth and son Olin live in Western Massachusetts. 

Pat Metheny, Bobby McFerrin, JS Bach, Steve Reich, Todd Rundgren, Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Eberhard Weber, Ghazal, Hamza El Din, Tuck Andres.



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