"Tropelets" is a multi-layered, collaborative duet for piano, soprano saxophone, and electronics. It was recorded in Fall 2012 by two life-long friends: pianist/composer Bob Gluck and saxophonist Andrew Sterman (Philip Glass Ensemble). Together the instruments interweave layers of melody, highlighting the sonic beauty of a historical monophonic cantorial tradition and the openness, dialog and parallel play found within modern jazz improvisation. Help bring this new recording out into the world!
Each section is based upon one of three models used to chant biblical texts (“trope” from the Book of Esther, Prophets, and Lamentations). Densities and shapes ebb and flow as musical and emotional implications of the melodies and their history are explored. A third layer, constructed from digitally processed vocal recordings of biblical chant periodically weaves in and out, providing an additional sonic partner.
For me, this project represents a renewal of my interests in Jewish musical themes, refracted through light shed by my previous decade of musical experiences.The recording was funded through a limited but helpful grant; funds are needed to complete production for its release this year on Ictus Records.
Risks and challenges
The recording process is complete and mixing in process right now. Once funding is in place, the mixed CD will go to Ictus Records to be mastered, art work designed, and produced. There should be no obstacles to the completion of this project unless something utterly out of the box were to occur during these final stages.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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