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by Zeitgeist

Rhythmically driving and colorful, this trio of works for piano and percussion hailing from the minimalist and improvisational tradition of the late 20th century.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pattern Study No. 2
19:15 $1.49
2. Premonitions of Christopher Columbus
13:05 $1.49
3. Set Sail for the Sun
10:49 $1.49
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Album Notes
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 Zeitgeist: Bowers/DeMars/Stockhausen as a LP in 1980. Bowers/DeMars/Stockhausen was produced by Joseph Holmquist and engineered by Russell Borud. Image for the album is a painting by Greg Kelsey.

Musicians featured on Zephyr include Jay Johnson and Joseph Holmquist, percussion; Tom Hubbard, electric bass; James DeMars, piano, C. Lee Humphries, piano (DeMars), Homer Lambrecht, trombone, Patrick Moriarty, alto saxophone, and Thomas Toscano, conductor.
The album features the following works:

SET SAIL FOR THE SUN is from the set, Aus den Sieben Tagen, written in May of 1968 in California. It is realized from verbal instructions rather than a traditional notation.

PATTERN STUDY #2, dedicated to the Blackearth Percussion Group, was written in 1976. The score is a set of several melodic patterns, to be played in any order, repeated as often as desired, and used as a basis for improvisation. The form emerges from the resultant improvisation.

PREMONITIONS OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS was premiered by Zeitgeist at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in October of 1979. This recording uses five musicians playing alto saxophone, two pianos, tablas, marimba, cymbals, and a tam tam. The form is similar to that of the Moroccan “nuba” tradition, in which a pulse gradually emerges to support melodic material. The eclectic blend of idioms and sonorities produces a paradoxical “state of being” as each gesture draws forward.



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