Release Date: May 1, 2012
Catalog #: NV5873
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Piano Trio
String Quartet

Summer Circle

Martin Schlumpf composer

Karolina Rojahn piano
Rane Moore clarinet Rafael Popper-Kaiser cello Cory Smythe piano
Krypton Quartet | Alexandra Osborne violin Joel Fuller violin
Abigail Evans viola James Lee cello

Swiss composer Martin Schlumpf is a man of many talents. From his early practice of jazz bass and classical cello to academic writings on composition to formal education on clarinet, piano, conducting, theory, and composition-not to mention the decades of experience as a perform across a variety of genre – Schlumpf proves that the jack of all trades can be the master, as well. With SUMMER CIRCLE, Schlumpf combines his myriad influences to craft expressive, complex chamber pieces that marry the sophisticated intricacies of jazz with the studied nuance of modern classical. These three pieces-December Rains (Karolina Rojahn, piano), Trio (Rane Moore, clarinet; Rafael Popper-Kaiser, cello); Cory Smythe, piano), and Summer Circle (Krypton Quartet) – blend Schlumpf’s traditional experiences with his penchant for the post-modern and improvisational, painting him as a composer who knows the strengths of his instruments and how they bring the notation to life.


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Artist Information

Martin Schlumpf


Martin Schlumpf (b. 1947) was born in the Swiss town of Aarau, where he was raised and educated through his high school graduation in 1966. During these years, he played double bass in various jazz groups, along with studying classical cello. Schlumpf also began writing essays on composition during this time, beginning with his discovery of the music of Austrian composer Anton Webern.

Karolina Rojahn


Karolina Rojahn is a Los Angeles based pianist who has dedicated the last decade of her career to premiering and recording contemporary music repertoire. She has premiered over a hundred new works and collaborated with various classical music labels, most notably Naxos, having released over 43 recordings of chamber and solo piano music, including 5 piano concertos written specifically for her.

Rane Moore


Clarinetist Rane Moore is well-regarded for her thoughtful, provocative interpretations of standard and contemporary repertoire. Fiercely devoted to the new music communities of the East Coast and beyond, Moore is a founding member of the New York based Talea Ensemble which regularly gives premieres of new works at major venues and festivals around the world. Moore has recently joined the award winning wind quintet, The City of Tomorrow, and is also a member of Boston’s Callithumpian Consort and Sound Icon.