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CONCERT | CD RELEASE
RICHARD CARRICK | FLOW CYCLE FOR STRINGS
WEDNESDAY, OCT 12 2011, 07:30 PM
Richard Carrick, the co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s acclaimed new-music ensemble Either/Or, has just released a new CD with New World Records. His album, Flow Cycle, has been described as “intriguing, enigmatic and eloquent,” (Bruce Hodges, Music Web UK), and is influenced by Islamic Mosaics, Gnawa music of Morocco, Albert Camus' L'Étranger, and the Flow concept of Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi.
Ensemble Either/Or will be on hand to perform Carrick’s compositions from their Flow Cycle CD:
Pala Garcia, violin
Kevin McFarland, cello
Esther Noh, violin
John Popham, cello
John Pickford Richards, viola
Erin Wight, viola
Carrick’s unique approach to “flow” focuses on two areas of music: the techniques of composing (achieving a musical flow of musical ideas over time) and the realm of musical perception (how musical sounds are perceived and interpreted by listeners that are in flow). With a stellar lineup of interpreters, these notated tapestries of sound are a tour-de-force for virtuosic string playing and sonic invention.
For details on the CD and audio samples, please visit www.newworldrecords.org/album.cgi?rm=view&album_id=89797
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Richard Carrick (born in Paris, of French-Algerian and British decent) is a New York based composer who’s music has been performed internationally by the New York Philharmonic (Ensemble Series), at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, ISCM World Music Days-Switzerland, Darmstadt Summer Festival, Tokyo International House, Merkin Hall, Nieuw Ensemble, etc.
He co-founded and co-directs the New York based contemporary Ensemble Either/Or, and as a performer (pianist, conductor, guitarist) he regularly premieres a diverse repertoire of solo and ensemble works by leading composers including Lachenmann, Czernowin, Radulescu, and Sharp, and also performs with improvising ensembles.
Carrrick studied at Columbia University (BA) with Mario Davidovsky and David Rakowski, UC-San Diego (MA, PhD) with Brian Ferneyhough, Aleck Karis and George Lewis, IRCAM (Stage d’éte) and Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.
[Photo by Julieta Cervantes]
Ensemble Either/Or is a compelling new contemporary music ensemble based in New York City. Their concerts have included numerous world and New York premieres, ranging from major works of emerging American experimental music to classics from the European avant-garde. Either/Or focuses on new works for unconventional chamber ensembles and soloists rarely heard elsewhere. Rather than working from a fixed instrumentation, Either/Or is completely mobile and draws upon its pool of regular soloists who are all active as new music specialists in New York while simultaneously performing as improvisers, sound artists, and in other interdisciplinary settings. No wonder the New York Times calls Either/Or "an ensemble that plays by its own rules."
In March 2011, members of Either/Or performed a György Kurtág Portrait Concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum, which was reviewed by Zachary Woolfe for The New York Times.