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ZOFORBIT, ZOFO’s third album with Sono Luminus Records, takes the listener on an intergalactic voyage through the Milky Way, with musical visits to the planets of our solar system, to bright stars of the galaxy, and back again.
Estonian composer Urmas Sisask sets the mood with the other-worldly sounds of his composition The Milky Way, featuring innovative inside and outside the piano techniques that evoke a sense of the cosmos. The journey continues with a tour of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and visits to the stars Alpha Centauri and Beta Cygni as musically envisioned by George Crumb in his one-piano-four-hands masterpiece Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV). The space exploration concludes with David Lang’s Gravity, which metaphorically coaxes the listener back to earth in slow-moving patterns of descending notes.
All is presented with stunning sonic clarity and color on this Pure Audio Blu-ray™ release which includes a Blu-ray™ copy with high resolution surround sound and stereo versions, standard CD, and digital copies via mShuttle.
- URMAS SISASK: The Milky Way
- GUSTAV HOLST: The Planets
- GEORGE CRUMB: Celestial Mechanics
- DAVID LANG: gravity
VIDEO: "BETA CYGNI" George Crumb
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Eva and Keisuke put their considerable keyboard skills to the test in this second release on the Sono Luminus Records label. The album offers an adrenalized exploration of dance themed duet compositions by six distinctly American voices of the 20th and 21st centuries - George Gershwin, Conlon Nancarrow, Allen Shawn, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano and Paul Schoenfield. The pieces featured on MOSH PIT tour a wide range of evocative dance styles and rhythms, from Gershwin's driving rhumba in Cuban Overture to Barber's sensuous Hesitation Tango to Paul Schoenfield's dizzying Boogie from Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive.
Drawing inspiration from classical, modern, jazz and rock and roll forms, the MOSH PIT repertoire and ZOFO's inspired interpretations might tempt you to the dance floor.
GEORGE GERSHWIN: Cuban Overture
CONLON NANCARROW: Sonatina
JOHN CORIGLIANO: Gazebo Dances
SAMUEL BARBER: Souvenirs
ALLEN SHAWN: Three Dance Portraits
PAUL SCHOENFIELD: Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive
> Allen Shawn: Hard Edged, from Three Dance Portraits
> John Corigliano: Waltz, from Gazebo Dances
> Samuel Barber: Galop, from Souvenirs
VIDEO: "BOOGIE" Paul Schoenfield
VIDEO: "HESITATION TANGO" Samuel Barber
VIDEO: "THREE DANCE PORTRAITS" Allen Shawn
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Released by Sono Luminus in spring 2012, MIND MELD was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Producer of the Year, Classical. The album continues to attract widespread positive critical attention and major airplay around the world.
MIND MELD brings together stunning duet works by four noted 20th century composers and pianists who knew each other, learned from each other, and sometimes shared the bench:
> Harold Shapero: Sonata for Piano Four Hands: Third Movement
> Claude Debussy: Six Epigraphes Antiques: Pour la Danseuse aux Crotales
> Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring: Jeu du Rapt
DIGITAL SPLIT EP
Only a download away, Sono Luminus' first Digital Only EP showcases ZOFO and the dynamic Del Sol String Quartet. This spit EP features three world premiere recordings and is ready on demand.
The EP starts with a combined piece by composer Kui Dong, blending the two ensembles with an exciting mix of piano-four-hands, string quartet, and two toy pianos.
The second and third pieces on the album are two movements from Mason Bates' work Bagatelles for Amplified String Quartet and Electronica, a piece made possible by the Chamber Music America commissioning program. Del Sol gave the piece's world premiere at the 2012 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.
Finally, ZOFO blazes through the piece Vaporize by composer Joe Duddell.