- the international street cannibals: solo - duo - trio - quartet - quintet - the chamber and electronic music of gene pritsker
(2011, cd, usa, composers concordance records comcon003)
The first steps of the Composers Concordance Records label do not go unnoticed. Still impressed with their first release ("Ballets & Solos"), I'm already listening to another recording by The International Street Cannibals. This time, they take on the danting task of performing works by Gene Pritsker.
Gene Pritsker has been mentioned in this very blog a couple of times already. He worked with Absolute Ensemble, producing the beautiful "Absolute Zawinul" album; he's responsable for the beautiful "Varieties of Religious Experience Suite" disc that came out on Innova; but besides an arranger and a composer, he's also a guitar player, and he's into rap music, jazz, rock, and much more.
"Solo - Duo - Trio - Quartet - Quintet" collects works from 1995 to 2009. Some of these are performed by classical ensembles, but there are also two solo cello pieces, and five electronic renditions. Somehow, they all fit together, making this album an exceptional musical journey.
"Solo - Duo - Trio - Quartet - Quintet" is a great album. It makes you want more.
As it is difficult to capture Gene Pritsker's musical output in words, you might get an idea of what he does through the following YouTube movies.
And be sure to check out "Solo - Duo - Trio - Quartet - Quintet".