Sharp, Elliott - Spectropia Suite (Mega Blowout Sale)

SKU Neos 40905
Performed by: The '31 Band -
Rudresh Mahanthappa - alto sax,
Duane Eubanks - trumpet,
Art Baron, Curtis Fowlkes & Steve Swell - trombones,
Anthony Coleman - piano,
David Hofstra - string bass,
Danny Tunick - vibes and
Don McKenzie - drums with
Elliott Sharp - Bb & bass clarinets, tenor sax, guitars & computer processing.
The Sirius String Quartet -
Jennifer Choi & Ester Noh - violins,
Ron Lawrence - viola and
Tomas Ulrich - cello
plus special guest vocals -
Debbie Harry.

"Spectropia is both a full-length feature film and an interactive media event set in a possible England in 2099, and in New York City in 1931 after the stock market crash. Directed by Toni Dove, it tells a story of time travel and supernatural possession to explore the disorders brought on by consumer culture. For the score, I endeavored to create two different noir sound-worlds: for the future, one of distressed computers and tortured guitars: for New York 1931, one based on an imagined meeting of the musics of Duke Ellington and Edgar Varese. The song "This Time That Place" appears in various versions heard throughout the film: as a tango, as a feedbacked guitar solo, as a swing tune, a classical piano etude and as a rock ballad sung by the great Debbie Harry of Blondie.

To perform 'Spectropia Suite', I assembled an ensemble of musicians, The '31 Band, all of whom have extensive experience in many realms of music. All have worked with me on many projects, from the various Western traditions of jazz and classical music to the farthest reaches of contemporary music, free jazz, and improvisation. We recorded the music in the traditional manner of a film orchestra, cue by cue (though not working to picture as most of the timings were not that precise.)

Overdubbing, editing and processing all took place at my Studio zOaR including the yearning yet sardonic vocals of Ms. Harry. This music has evolved from a set of cues into a suite for performance with The '31 Band expanding on the written material with solos and other spontaneous contributions."-Elliott Sharp
  • LabelNeos
  • UPC4260063409059
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