Light Upon Light

Tzadic TZ 7046

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Trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, improviser and theoretician, Wadada Leo Smith is one of the most important composers of our time. An original member of Chicago's AACM, his exciting pieces blending composition and improvisation have been performed by many of the world's most important ensembles and soloists.

Featuring an exotic composition for chamber ensemble and gamelan quartet, a beautiful solo piece for viola, a bass concerto written for virtuoso Bert Turetzky and two electronic pieces featuring Leo's unique trumpet improvisations, Wadada considers Light Upon Light his best recording to date.

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1. Moths, Flames and the Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees

MUSIC FOR ENSEMBLE AND TAPE
dedicated to Stephen Lucky Mosko

CALIFORNIA EAR UNIT with STEPHEN LUCKY MOSKO conducting

DOROTHY STONE piccolo, flute, alto flute MARTIN WALKER clarinets, bass clarinet ARTHUR JARVINEN vibraphone, Tibetan temple bells, hi-hats cymbale-sets, axatse, large bass drum VICKIE RAY piano ROBIN LORENTZ violin ERIKA DUKE-KIRKPATRICK cello

PRE-RECORDED GAMELAN QUARTET

I. NYOMAN WENTEN gender barung JOH PARSONS gender panembung
I. WAYAN BUDHA kempul, gong ageng WADADA LEO SMITH kenong


2. Hetep: Serenity: Tranquility 2

dedicated to Karen Elaine Bakunin

KAREN ELAINE BAKUNIN - viola


3.
Multiamerica

N'DA KULTURE
WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet
MARK TRAYLE electronics HARUMI MAKINO SMITH poetry


4. Nur: Luminous, Light Upon Light

MUSIC FOR ENSEMBLE AND CONTRABASS
dedicated to Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh
composed for Bertram Turetzky

NEW CENTURY PLAYERS with DAVID ROSENBOOM conducting

BERTRAM TURETZKY solo contrabass DOROTHY STONE piccolo alto flute ALLEN VOGEL oboe BILL POWELL clarinet bass clarinet ARTHUR JARVINEN marimba VICKIE RAY celesta BRIAN PEZZONE harmonium ROBIN LORENTZ violin KAREN ELAINE BAKUNIN viola ERIKA DUKE-KIRKPATRICK cello


5.
A Thousand Cranes: A Memorial for Amir Hamzehi

N'DA KULTURE
WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet
MARK TRAYLE electronics



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