|Newband Plays Microtonal Works, Volume 2
NEWBAND'S new release of Microtonal music on Mode Records is a powerful follow-up to their best-selling first record (mode 18). While that release showcased the zoomoozophone, NEWBAND'S unique instrument microtonal mallet instrument, this CD also highlights the spectacular instruments of Harry Partch.
This is the first new recording of Partch's music on the actual Partch instruments since his old recordings from the 1960s. Dean Drummond, the director of NEWBAND have possession of all of the original Partch instruments, and Dean Drummond (NEWBAND's director) had studied with Partch and played in his ensemble. Daphne of the Dunes makes full use of their exotic tunings and sounds. This 20 minute work is a major addition to the recorded catalog, and NEWBAND plan to record more important Partch works on each of their future Mode releases.
James Pugliese's Freeze is an atmospheric work linked to Native American themes, featuring the zoomoozophone and flute.
Dean Drummond's own Different Drums for Different Strokes is an exciting tour de force for solo percussion with digital programming.
Circadian Rhythms by Mathew Rosenblum is based on his special 19-note to the octave tuning, and shows the influences of Javanese and rock musics.
The recital is completed by Drummond's own arrangement of Thelonius Monk's 'Round Midnight, scored for zoomoozophone (3 players) and cello. This surreal and attractive version came about from Drummond's love of the tune.