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by Zeitgeist

A trio of chamber works hailing from the minimalist tradition of the 1980s. Highly colorful works performed by an American new music ensemble.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Time Keys and Spirit Hammers
12:10 $1.49
2. Listen to the Rolling Thunder
12:51 $1.49
3. Kite Sites
18:23 $1.49
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Lauded for providing “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers,” Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of two percussion, piano and woodwinds. One of the longest established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist commissions and presents a wide variety of new music. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music.

Zeitgeist released Zephyr as a LP in 1982. The album features three works written for Zeitgeist in that year. Zephyr was produced by Gregory Theisen and engineered by Russell Borud. Image for the album is a painting by Greg Kelsey. The original recording was made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Musicians featured on Zephyr include Jay Johnson and Joseph Holmquist, percussion; Tom Hubbard, bass; Gregory Theisen, piano, and Bob Samarotto, Organus maximus

“While writing Time Keys and Spirit Hammers, I became interested in confronting modern music and its relationship to other musical entities, including rock and roll and its divisions. After being in Holland for several years, a longing to be in the rich American musical environment began to dominate my feelings about music, the pure aural sensations of rock music, and strange and repetitious chord progressions are combined throughout the piece.

The music is composed using sounds similar in nature to those being played on New York rock stations. Creating three short new wave-like melodies, I then wrote relatively repetitious chordal ideas and rhythms to appear with the unusual melodies. Hearing the piece might be described as driving down the road listening to your radio, switching your dial every few seconds, but the same tunes in different transformations are on every station.” — Frank John Sacci

Rolling Thunder looking long at his son before he spoke. Then he spoke quietly. “Now you know what has to be done here, so why don’t you wait until you feel those things are done, and then speak?… If you’re feeling impatient, then you’re where you think about time, and if you’re thinking about time, you should be able to think about the order of things. Things have their order. You know there are certain things I can’t do until I do other things first.”

The title and above quote are from Rolling Thunder by Doug Boyd, copyright 1974 by Robert Briggs Associates. The main melodic theme is from “The Bells” by William Byrd, The Fitzwilliam Virginal, volume one.

Kite Sites is a celebration of sound and movement for dancers and musicians. A landscape of colors and shapes—diving, tailspinning, rising.



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