Pitre, Duane/Pilotram Ensemble - Organized Pieces Occuring in Time

Quite splendid release of long, slow Terry-Riley influenced drone/minimalistic works by a real band Consisting of Duane Pitre-guitar, Casey Block-tone generator, Craig Colorusso-guitar/bass clarinet, Harry Rosenblum-alto sax, Lathan Hardy-alto sax, Julianne Carney-violin, Jon DeRosa-pump organ, Tianna Kennedy-cello, Eric Elterman-viola. Duane was previously in the rock band The Camera Obscura. If you enjoy this sort of very long form, patience-required work, this is probably the best thing I've heard of its kind this year!

"Organized Pitches Occurring in Time consists of two 25 minute pieces of music, both spawned from the same conceptual composition/score by Duane Pitre, titled Ensemble Drones. With their form reminiscent of works by La Monte Young’s Theater of Eternal Music and their tonality touching on the floating works of Terry Riley, The Ensemble Chord in Eb with a Minor 7th and a Pump Organ Base & The Ensemble Chord in C with a Major 7th and a Guitar Base are aural tapestries based on a minimal tonal palette with their instrumentation consisting of guitars, alto saxophones, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, tone generator, and pump organ. The Ensemble Drones composition varies from the traditional sort as it is rule-based with the score consisting of a set tonic, set pitch classes, playing methods, technique restrictions, and spontaneous conduction. The score is a structure for the performing ensemble to improvise on—order spawning chaos producing order that is different on each occasion of a performance or recording. Ensemble Drones is discipline and freedom, both within each other, the first major focus of the work. Variance is the second major focus of the composition; with instrumentation, ensemble performers, tonic, pitch classes, and the physical space varying from performance to performance, the results can never be the same."
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