SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, INC. VOLUME 32
Vaibhav Mohanty composer
Robert Anton Strobel composer
Keith Kramer composer
Matthew J. Jaskot composer
Jonathan Graybill composer
Gabriel Mălăncioiu composer
Jacob Thiede composer
Mark W. Phillips composer
Navona Records proudly presents Flare, recordings by members of the Society of Composers, Inc. Now in its 32nd installment, it offers a veritable cross-section of some of the most original voices in composition today.
The album opens with 19-year-old Vaibhav Mohanty’s Rhapsody No. 1 (2017), traveling through elements of Western classical composition, jazz, and Indian traditional music with such well-proportioned naturalness and ease, it bears all the telltale signs of an instant repertoire classic.
Robert Strobel’s Refugees, a dynamic piano composition reminiscent of Takemitsu, explores the human drama of displacement in profoundly thought-out rhythmic and melodic structures. Continuing with the musical tradition of the 20th century, Keith Kramer transcends Olivier Messiaen’s harmonic heritage in his oboe/piano duo L’etere del Tempo.
Rejuvenated by Matthew J. Jaskot perambulates a futuristic universe of musical expression in seven diverse piano variations, miraculously springing forth from a simple pentatonic melody. In contrast, Jonathan Graybill draws inspiration from ancient Cherokee mysticism and lends a mysterious voice to the black-capped chickadee in Tsigili’I, illustrating its mythological association as a messenger of wisdom and truth.
In Song of the Avadhut, Romanian composer Gabriel Mălăncioiu aims to affect human consciousness in an avant-gardesque duet between soprano and violin, influenced by the teachings of modern and ancient mystics. Jacob Thiede’s When All Else Fails contrasts the sonorous texture of a tuba with the mathematical perfection of computerized sine tones. In Dreams Interrupted, Mark W. Phillips fuses jazz, blues, and classical elements into a rhapsodic tribute to the cultural heritage of Memphis TN.