Assem3fly – “Taking Charge” (Albany Records, 2017)

Taking Charge

“Taking Charge” is a new contemporary academic music album which was released by “Albany Records”. Album was recorded by one the best chamber ensemble “Assem3fly” which members are flutist Lindsey Goodman, pianist Anne Waltner and percussionist Scott Christian. Dynamic, bright, striking and stinning sound, effective and vivacious solos, original and passionate interpretations of various contemporary music composers chamber works – all these things are the main reason why this chamber ensemble is one of the best chamber ensembles in academic avant-garde scene. All three musicians have original and unique playing style and manner. Individual and independent music styles, dynamic and spontaneous playing is contained of many different musical language elements, styles, playing techniques and innovative musical decisions. “Assem3fly” had been performing works by various composers – bright and astonishing playing and effective sound make these compositions colorful, gorgeous and interesting sound.

Album compositions were written by Joseph Schwantner, Randall Woolf, John Allemeier and Ty Alan Emerson. Joseph Schwantner “Taking Charge I-III”, John Allemeier “Bolamkin”, Ty Alan Emerson “Caliban Ascendant: I:Prospero on The Beach” and Randall Woolf “Anti-Fragile Etude #4 Between Me, Myself and The Lamp Post” – all these compositions have effective, stunning and original sound. Effective, gorgeous, interesting and innovative musical language, modern music styles elements, the synthesis between expressionism, post-romantism and academic avant-garde are the main elements of these compositions. “Taking Charge” composition has 3 parts. Each of them is very individual and interesting – dynamic, emotional and vivacious first part is very contrasting to second part which is very calm, silent, lyrical and soft. The contrasting and very rapid changes between absolutely different characters, playing styles, instrumentation techniques and other musical language elements create astonishing and dynamic sound of these compositions. High variety of different playing techniques are created not just by traditional, but also – innovative ways of playing. Wide range of numerous different playing techniques and musical expressions form innovative, original and bright musical language. “Bolamkin” has different musical language – it’s much more simple than “Taking Charges”. This composition is based on simple and ordinary musical decisions, wide range of different playing styles and manners and has a lyrical sound. Soft, deep, passionate and lyrical character and slow temp create an effective and interesting sound of this composition. “Caliban Ascendant: I:Prospero on The Beach” is based on very contrasting musical episodes – from very slow and soft to very energetic and active, dynamic and dramatic, striking and vivacious or many other characters – this composition has wide range of different colors, timbres and moods. All these elements are masterfully combined together in one composition. Polyphonic form, independent melodies, interesting instrumentation decisions, wide range of musical expressions and other elements create active, dynamic and striking sound of this composition. “Anti-Fragile Etude #4 Between Me, Myself and The Lamp Post” is very similar to “Taking Charges” and “Caliban Ascendant: I:Prospero on The Beach” . It also based on contrasting musical decisions, has bright, original and interesting musical language.

All composers are individual, experienced and interesting musicians. Their compositions have effective, passionate and dynamic sound. Very soft, lyrical and slow or active, energetic and dynamic – all these compositions are full of interesting musical expressions, innovative and shocking ways of playing and own composing sty;e elements. Expresionism, late impresionism, post – romantism, 20th century music composing techniques are effectively blended together in one composition. Masterful, expressive and emotional playing of “Assem3fly” also makes a big effort to the sound. Musicians interpretations are very dynamic, live, active and have masterful virtuosity, expressive playing and bright musical language. All these elements, original and invented musical decisions, interesting and colorful instrumentation create evocative, original and vivacious sound.

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