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Barclay in the can

Today at Topaz Studios we mastered “Barclay,”  the third and final Scott Fields Ensemble CD of instrumental versions of Samuel Beckett plays. It’s off to Ayler Records for release in December. 

Barclay Sessions

Tuesday and Wednesday we recorded the final of my three Beckett CDs, Samuel Barclay Beckett, at Topaz Studios. Dominik Mahnig stepped in at the last second to replace our decapacitated percussionist.  Thanks Dominik. 

Editing Tuesday. Mixing Friday. Mastering Saturday  Then it’s off to Ayler Records for release.

 

Used Book News!

Last night I finished the final composition for my third and final CD of instrumental settings of Samuel Beckett plays. When I started the project this book was brand new.

The CD, "Barclay," will be released by Clean Feed Records in September. Live premier in Bonn later in fall, with performances in Münster and Dortmund to follow.

This project is supported by Musikfonds.

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Parasitic Mention!

A Burning Ambience interview with Dr. John McGrath about his new book "Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music," mentions my two Beckett CDs (Beckett, on Clean Feed and Samuel, on New World) and my upcoming Clean Feed CD Barclay." 

https://burningambulance.com/2018/04/06/beckett-music/

It's the stingy man who spends the most

10 years ago I set the Samuel Beckett radio play "Cascando" for the New World Records CD "Samuel." By the time we had slogged through the other tunes in the recording session, it was clear that Cascando wouldn't fit on the CD. Hollenbeck said "We have time. Let's track it anyway." The other two looked ready to strangle him, especially Schubert who had required oxygen after tracking "Not I."

When I agreed to record "Barclay" for Clean Feed Records, the third and final CD of my Beckett project, I figured I was ahead of the game. One piece was already written. A few edits and it would be ready to go.

This plan has failed. Not only does Cascando sound as though I wrote it 10 years ago, it is horrifyingly similar to "Rockabye," from the Clean Feed CD "Beckett."

After cutting and pasting for a day, I now realize that I have to start over from scratch.

 

 

 

 

 

more reimagination, new victim

A few years back the Haydn Festival in Brühl, Germany commissioned me to reimagine the Haydn Sun Quartets for my String Feartet of violin, viola, cello, and electric guitar. As with most reimaginations, it was aesthetically satisfying to imagine away most of the original.

After the premier the String Feartet went into the studio to record the double CD "Haydn," which was released on Between the Lines.

Now just down the road a piece, the Beethoven 2020 Festival, a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, has commissioned me to reimagine the fantastic late string quartets, again for my String Feartet. Many thanks to them, and for the In Situ Art Society, which is the engine powering the project, for the vote of confidence. 

 

Return of a non-native son

For the first time in 14 years I will be playing in Wisconsin. So far there will be two solo acoustic guitar performances. July 27 I will be at the Arts and Literature Laboratory in Madison. July 28 I will be playing in Sturgeon Bay. And I'm beating the bushes for more possibilities. Speak up now or risk waiting until 2032.

For these gigsI will be playing material from my 2015 New Atlantis Records  CD "burning in water, drowning in Flame," plus newer pieces.

 

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Beckett lives

The final third of my Beckett project is underway. These are instrumental settings of Samuel Barclay Beckett’s short plays. “Beckett” was released on Clean Feed Records in 2006. “Samuel” was released on New World Records in 2009. “Barclay” will be recorded in July and released on Clean Feed in September. This fall the new set of music will premier at CD-release concerts in Cologne, Münster, and a third German city.

 

Matthias Schubert, tenor saxophone ➤ Scott Roller, cello ➤ Dirk Rothbrust, percussion ➤ SF, guitar

 

 

Supported by Musikfonds e.V. with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.

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