Brooklyn Rider – “Spontaneous Symbols” (2017)

“Spontaneous Symbols” is the new contemporary academic music album which was released on October 20. The compositions by young and talented American composers were recorded here – it’s Tyondar Braxton, Colin Jacobsen, Evan Ziporyn, Paula Matthusen and Kyle Sanna. These composers are creative and extraordinary musicians. Each of them composing style is based on different music styles and elements, modern composing and playing techniques combinations. Their music is very emotional, dynamic, versatile and full of various contemporary classical music styles intonations. The album was recorded by “Brooklyn Rider” string quartet. Violinists Johny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Michael Nicholas are the members of this quartet and all of them have original and unique sound. Own and independent playing manner, modern musical decisions, innovative and dynamic playing make the compositions by various contemporary classical music composers to sound interesting, emotional, expressive and innovative. The ensemble mostly plays contemporary classical music and famous compositions by earlier centuries composers. Their inventive and stunning musical experiments, innnovative musical decisions and extraordinary playing make original and marvelous interpretations of various composers compositions.

Album compositions are based on various contemporary academical music styles synthesis. Tyondar Braxton “ArpRec1 – 1a” and “ArpRec1 – 1b”, Colin Jacobseb “BTT”, Evan Ziporyn “Qi” (Part I, II and III), Paula Matthusen’s “on the attraction of felicitous amplitude” and Kyle Sanna “Sequence For Minonr White” – all these compositions are based on modernism, expressionism, minimalism and other contemporary music styles synthesis. Modern and rich musical language of each composer is very dynamic and full of gorgeous musical expressions, weird timbres, separate noises and extraordinary playing techniques. Wild fast arpeggios, melodic, extraordinary and fabulous violins duets, monotonic and repetitive rhythmic and harmonic elements, subtle and interesting cello melodies – all these elements form the main basement of the compositions. All compositions are less or more affected by minimalism – repetitive rhythms, harmonic chords sequences and many times repeated melodic elements are heard very much in all compositions. These elements are splendidly illustrated by very active and energetic background. Pizzicato, separate weird sounds and noises, glissando, portato and many other traditional playing techniques are fused with innovative and original ways of playing. This high variety of different musical expressions, playing techniques, inventive experiments and various styles synthesis create very dynamic, energetic and vivacious sound of the compositions. The composers pay high attention to colors, moods and characters changing. Vital, vivacious and energetic episodes are put against lyric, dramatic, solemn and tragic pieces. The episodes based on different moods, also have their own musical language and various expressions, sacral music elements – the music is full of sudden and unpredictable changes of styles, expressions and moods. The compositions were outstandingly played by “Brooklyn Rider” string quartet. Musicians had played these compositions with passion, very emotional, expressive and vivacious. They also had revealed the main elements of each composers compositions and made a marvelous, outstanding and original sound of each composition of this album.

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