Alexandra Ottaway composer
The New York Virtuoso Singers | Harold Rosenbaum conductor
Drawing from a diverse set of genres and stylistic sources including atonal, folk, chant, dance, and more, Alexandra Ottaway’s solo Navona Records debut TETRAHEDRON DREAMS presents a singular and striking listening experience.
“This release is an indicator of my general return to a more atonally-driven language,” says Ottaway, who began composing in 1980. “I’ve been a performer my whole life, in a variety of settings and ensemble types, and I always try to keep in mind what will be engaging for both audiences and players.”
Idiosyncratic yet focused in its approach and execution, the Merlin Études utilizes Ottaway’s application of serial-atonal technique, taking its twelve-tone row from Messiaen’s flute and piano piece Le Merle Noir.
On Four Choral Pieces and The Zen Sutras, an unconventional and compelling vision of vocal music emerges in performances by the renowned New York Virtuoso Singers and choral conductor Harold Rosenbaum, winner of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Award (2010) and the American Composer Alliance’s Laurel Leaf Award (2008).