Release Date: September 9, 2016
Catalog #: NV6057
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Guitar
Wind Ensemble

Between The Echoes

Contemporary Chamber Works

Daniel Burwasser composer
Allan Crossman composer
David Devasto composer
Michael Lee composer
Georges Raillard composer

Navona’s latest compilation release, BETWEEN THE ECHOES, showcases selected recent chamber works, expressing the common theme of recollections and interpretations of past experiences. Moving across the spectrums of moods and dramatics, each piece brings a harmonic resolution to its soulful journey. This album joins multiple personalities in a collection of propulsive musical expression.

For some pieces on the album, musical tradition is a source of inspiration. Burwasser’s colorful woodwind quintet Whirlwind imbues a familiar instrument group and classical forms with imaginative, lyrical melodies, culminating in a distinctly Haydn-esque finale. In his dramatic and spontaneous Florébius for violin and piano, Crossman weaves new interactions between Schumann’s favorite characters, the introverted Eusebius and the extroverted Florestan—“one within the other, one lurking behind the other, each ready to take center-stage.” Elsewhere, tradition is gleefully thrown to the wind—such as with Lee’s stunning Farewell… for string quartet, with its ever-shifting rhythms, timbres, and moods. In an intensely personal musical display, Raillard’s melancholic Sinking Islands for solo guitar uses interconnecting minimalist figures to meditate on mortality. DeVasto’s lush trio His Branches Run Over The Wall for violin, cello, and piano is inspired by the biblical account of the dream interpreter Joseph, conjuring an entangled web of melodies and harmonies to create a “musical dreamscape”—one of several new and familiar sound worlds to be found on the album.

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Artist Information

Daniel Burwasser

Composer

Daniel Burwasser, a composer, percussionist and teacher, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Burwasser grew up in a musical family. He began piano lessons at age five, and at eleven, he turned his interests to percussion instruments, which he began studying both in school and privately.

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Allan Crossman

Composer

Allan Crossman has had the great pleasure to write for soloists and ensembles worldwide, including many commissions and awards. Millennium Overture appeared on the eponymous GRAMMY-nominated album from North/South Consonance; Music for Human Choir shared Top Honors at the Waging Peace Through Singing Festival in Oregon; Flyer, for cello solo and string orchestra, was written in 2003 for the centenary of the first Wright Brothers flight and premiered/recorded by the North/South Chamber Orchestra (NYC) under Max Lifchitz, with cellist Nina Flyer.

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David DeVasto

Composer

David DeVasto (b.1979) has presented works in the United States and Europe; including The IAEF International Summer Arts Institute, The Council for Undergraduate Research, Society of Composers, Charlotte New Music Festival, Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, Electronic Music Midwest, The Iowa Composers Forum, Nevada Encounters of New Music, and The Electro-Acoustic Juke Joint.

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Michael Lee

Composer

Michael Lee born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Maryland, is a doctoral candidate in music composition at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Michael is a former graduate of the Juilliard School (M.M.) and the Eastman School of Music (B.M.). His teachers include Samuel Adler, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.

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Georges Raillard

Composer

Georges Raillard was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1957. There he completed primary and secondary studies, as well as studies in foreign languages at university. From 1983 to 2001 he lived in Madrid, Spain, as a language teacher, translator, and writer. Since 2001 he has lived as a writer, composer for guitar, translator, and archivist mainly in Basel, though still spending longer periods of time in Spain looking for inspiration.

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