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Bryan Eubanks

For Four Double Basses

Label: Insubordination

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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*In process of stocking.* Minimalism is the keyword for the release from Bryan Eubanks. He composed work for four double basses, and Jonathan Heilbron, Mike Majkowski, Andrew Lafkas and Koen Nutters are the performers here. The score/concept is explained on the cover here; this is an excerpt: "[..] .....Each bass bows natural harmonics on one of the strings (I, II, III, IV), holding each note for the chosen duration and allowing a pause equal to half of this duration between each note. ..... Allow a pause equal to the whole duration of the note at the end of the sequence before repeating. begin together, and each player should repeat the 11 note sequence 48 times. ..... Play at as quiet a volume as possible." There are two pieces, and I am unsure if they are variations, two versions, or two parts. They sound quite similar, and I am not a trained musician to spot the differences. I am always more the interested listener, and as always, it boils down to one question: do I like what I hear? The answer to that question is a wholeheartedly, yes, I do very much. I can easily listen to this quiet music for a very long time, longer than the forty-seven minutes of this release. The music is slow but never completely quiet. The microtonal, meditative approach of the music works very well, even when one doesn't succumb to meditation. Each treatment has enough variation to keep the fully awake listener captive. For people interested in modern classical music, say the Wandelweiser approach, this should right up your alley. - Vital Weekly 1341.

Cat. number: none
Year: 2022

For four double basses (2013)
Composed by Bryan Eubanks.

Recorded by Adam Asnan at Ausland, Berlin.
September 2018.