Release Date: August 1, 2014
Catalog #: NV5963
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Solo Instrumental


Doron Kima composer
Clifton Callender composer
Jorge Variego composer
Alex Freeman composer
Eric Nathan composer
Chris Arrell composer
Philip Carlsen composer

Edward Kawakami conductor; Carlos Feller flute; Wonkak Kim clarinet; John Thayer violin; Katherine Geeseman cello; Eun-Hee Park piano; Emily Hanna Crane violin; Hui-Ting Yang piano
University of Florida Flute Choir | Charley Andersen conductor | Dr. Kristen Stoner director, flute; Nicole Frankel flute; Natasha Herrera flute; Kristin Davis flute; Elizabeth Gravitz flute; Lisa Richmond flute; Katerina Allmendinger alto flute; Maho Azuma alto flute; Bethany Rowlings bass flute
Risto-Matti Marin piano; Amanda Kohl soprano; Joseph Lin violin; Ted Gurch, clarinet; Helen Kim violin; Brad Ritchie cello; Tom Sherwood vibraphone; Melsen Carlsen piano

The 28th edition of the Society of Composers, Inc. release series and the 4th on Navona Records, PENDULUM extrapolates and elaborates on several themes relating to variation, transformation, repetition, and more.

This installment features works from seven SCI composers: Doron Kima’s As From a Dream focuses on changes in texture as well as symmetry, developing varying thematic episodes throughout; Metamorphoses II by Clifton Callender is a gradual transformation of musical figures, employing harmonic extensions typical of folk fiddling; Jorge Variego, in Walls (flute nonet), presents a study on perception, using a nine-note block and rotating it in many directions as if it is three-dimensional; Alex Freeman’s Night on the Prairies, taking its name from a Walt Whitman poem, preserves the purity of the mid-West prairies and alludes to simple campfire tunes of the region; Wing Over Wing, Eric Nathan’s song-cycle, explores the various concepts associated with the definition of flight, taking imagery from Whitman’s poems and his own; Chris Arrell’s piece Narcissus/Echo pulls imagery from the Greek mythology, depicting the continual rippling theme of Narcissus’ reflection, which becomes the source of Echo’s repetitive calls; October by Philip Carlsen presents a succession of “rapid, metrically-shifting” arpeggiations as well as an exploration of voicing and doublings that trick the mind into hearing a piano of equal temperament as out of tune. This compilation reflects the diversity and originality of techniques coming from some of today’s most talented composers.


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Artist Information

Doron Kima


"Doron Kima utilizes some extremely arresting musical gestures and makes good use of jazzy rhythms, with effective use of contrasts between sections. The composer is clearly in control of the material and instruments" (The American Prize Composition Competition). Kima's catalogue includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo, voice, electro-acoustic, and film scores.

Clifton Callender


Clifton Callender (b. 1969, Pascagoula MS) is Associate Professor of Composition at Florida State University, and holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Peabody Conservatory, and Tulane University.

Jorge Variego


Jorge Variego (b. 1975, Rosario, Argentina) has a Doctorate degree in Music Composition from the University of Florida; a master's of music degree in composition and clarinet Performance from Carnegie Mellon University; and a J.D. equivalent from the National University of Rosario. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Composition, Theory and Woodwinds at Valley City State University.

Alex Freeman


Alex Freeman (b. 1972, Raleigh NC) composes in a wide range of styles and media. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Boston University's School of Fine Arts, and the Juilliard School, where he completed his doctoral studies in 2004. His doctoral research led him to Finland, via a Fulbright Fellowship, where he lived for six years, studying at The Sibelius Academy and freelancing, before he assumed his current position of Assistant Professor of Music in Composition at Carleton College in Northfield MN.

Eric Nathan


The music of ERIC NATHAN (b. 1983, New York NY) has been performed in the United States and abroad at music festivals including the Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK), Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Banff Centre, World Music Days, Yellow Barn as well as at the Louvre Museum and Carnegie Hall.

Chris Arrell


Chris Arrell (b. 1970, Portland OR) writes music for voices, instruments, and electronics. Praised for their unconventional beauty by The Boston Music Intelligencer and hailed as "sensuous" and "highly nuanced" by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, his compositions blur conventional boundaries between color, line, harmony, and pulse.

Philip Carlsen


Philip Carlsen (b. 1951, Coulee Dam WA) earned degrees in composition from the University of Washington, Brooklyn College, and the CUNY Graduate Center. His principal teachers were Robert Suderburg and Jacob Druckman; he also studied with William Bergsma, Stuart Dempster, Mario Davidovsky, and Charles Dodge.

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