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Todd Reynolds EP

by Todd Reynolds

The first EP release from Bang on a Can, Silk Road and Steve Reich Ensemble violinist, Todd Reynolds. Formerly of the string quartet 'Ethel', this is an orchestral studio album from a classical musician gone terribly wrong, and precursor of things to com
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Icy Sleeves of Green
3:59 $0.99
2. Outerborough
8:30 $0.99
3. Splash
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Please note that this album, a short EP was released in 2007, and has just been eclipsed by a NEW record. Outerborough, the Double CD Set from Innova Recordings, distributed by Naxos USA will be released on March 24th. Contents include one side of music by Todd Reynolds, one side of music by New York luminaries. A remastered version of Outerborough and a complete overhaul of Icy Sleeves of Green, both originally included on this EP, are present there. Please click on the following link to take you there...

and now, the EP story. thanks for reading!

Todd Reynolds - EP

At six years of age, William Reynolds used to get his son up at 4:30 in the morning to practice, just like his father had gotten him up at 4:30 in the morning to milk cows. Bleary-eyed, he'd sit on the couch while Todd busted his hump on scales and twinkle twinkle variations that are the staple of kid-dom in violin land.

Fast forward and the twinkles turn into concertos, then to savagely modern classical music, then to jazz and rock and roll and finally to his own music, a hybrid of electronically induced ambience and acoustic sound landing somewhere squarely between Bartok and Bjork.

The violinist of choice for composers like Steve Reich, Tan Dun and Bang on a Can, colleague to Yo-Yo Ma and Kenny Werner, sideman to Broadway stars Betty Buckley and Bernadette Peters, student of the late Jascha Heifetz and a founding member of a string quartet (Ethel) which turned the concert music world on its ear, Reynolds is now transitioning to a solo career with a laptop computer as his new band, all at once composer, bandleader and electronica artist.

The release of this EP coincides with his second tour opening for Indie-sensation The Books, and is a prelude to what's in store on his upcoming full release. One of the first 'classical' musicians to 'brew his own' from start to finish, Reynolds takes on the composition, production, playing and mastering in this first release himself.

Reynolds' compositions infuse electronics with a humanity and authenticity not often found in electronica. His work parallels his life; Outerborough about his love of urban existence, Icy Sleeves of Green about his parent's acceptance, finally, of his decision to leave the conservative classical fold, Splash, wedding music for a fellow artist's wedding; a ritual involving stones thrown into an otherwise peaceful pond.

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Jeanne Nagle

Serotonin-infused for your listening pleasure
Purveyors of intoxicating substances have been known to let folks sample the goods, which induces a craving for more. And so it is with the eponymous new release from Todd Reynolds. One taste of this sublime musical smack and you’ll be hooked. The disc features select, deeply personal tunes from Reynolds’ vast repertoire, including his wildly popular “Outerborough.” Each track pulses with passion and sincerity that don’t just emphasize his technical mastery—-blending strings and software—-but set it free to soar. On his blog ( and My Space page Reynolds reports that he’s hard at work on a full-length recording, and he tours extensively. As you can see, then, there will be plenty of opportunities to indulge the jones you’ll get for superlative tech-driven music after listening to this work. Go ahead. Risk addiction and buy the EP. You can thank me later.