Release Date: November 13, 2015
Catalog #: NV6015
1-3) Sequoia Sempervirens (2010)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor
David Arend, double bass
4-10) Voyager: Three Sheets to the Wind (2013-14)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Jiří Petrdlík, conductor
David Arend, double bass; Salim Washington, tenor saxophone
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With an innate sense of curiosity and a drive for knowledge, humans constantly push the boundaries of their physical and psychological environments, attempting to break through and discover the unexpected. On his debut Navona Records release ASTRAL TRAVELS, composer and double bassist David Arend explores several frontiers, including perceived boundaries between musical genres, earth and outer space, humanity and nature, and perception and reality.
Taking its title from the scientific name for California Redwood trees, Sequoia Sempervirens (2010) is a colorful double bass concerto whose atmospheric music illustrates the mysteries and forces of the forest. Arend deftly crafts moments of fragility, sweeping orchestral gestures and overlapping, intertwining textures to portray an abstract musical landscape.
Voyager: Three Sheets to the Wind (2013-14) celebrates the mission of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and the relentless efforts of the scientists whose work greatly enhanced our understanding of the solar system. A double concerto for tenor saxophone and double bass, this work incorporates stylistic characteristics of jazz and classical music. Written for the brilliant tenor saxophonist Salim Washington, Voyager mingles through-composed and improvised sections for both soloists. At one point in the work, the entire orchestra enters into a quiet, distant improvisation. Composer/soloist Arend utilized a meditation technique called astral travel while composing this piece, mentally tracing the Voyager planetary encounters and the journey beyond. He uses color and timbre to great effect in his orchestral writing as well as in his handling of the soloists, dramatically portraying the journey from Earth to the Solar system’s edge and into the infinite.
Double bassist and composer David Arend has written chamber and orchestral concert music, jazz hybrids, and electroacoustic music, and has performed in dance, opera, chamber music and orchestral concert stage productions as well as with jazz and electroacoustic artists in art galleries, night clubs and outdoor festivals
As a performer, Arend has worked closely with such composers as Ornette Coleman, Thomas Adés, George Crumb, Chen Yi, John Psathas, Mason Bates and Jack Perla
David has performed and recorded with the San Francisco Symphony and is a member of the Oakland Symphony, directed by Michael Morgan
Arend received degrees in classical double bass performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music) and The Juilliard School (Master of Music)
Arend moves easily across genres such as classical, jazz, and electro-acoustic music. He has written or performed music in contexts ranging from theater, dance, and concert stage to art galleries, night clubs, and outdoor festivals. Arend’s music has been performed in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
As a performer, Arend worked closely with composers Ornette Coleman, Thomas Adés, George Crumb, Chen Yi, George Tsontakis, and John Psathas. Arend has performed and recorded with the San Francisco Symphony and is a member of the Oakland Symphony, directed by Michael Morgan.
Arend began playing in jazz combos when he was ten years old, first as a trombonist, later as a pianist, and finally as a bassist. He continued to play jazz while pursuing classical double bass degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School, championing new music and befriending many composers along the way. Arend has worked extensively with singer/songwriters and improvises live electro-acoustic bass in collaboration with DJs and electronic artists who create musical hybrids.
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