Miya Masaoka : For Birds, Planes & Cello
A continuous field recording with cello.
Composed by: Miya Masaoka
Performed by: Joan Jeanrenaud
“This is an engaging concept–the cello acts as a link between the birds and industrial sounds, which in turn creates a relationship between the cello and field recording. Thus, a double counterpoint: birds/planes and cello/field recording.”
-Norbert Schnell, researcher in sound and music, IRCAM.
“This requires patient listening to appreciate, but those who take the time will marvel at how ingeniously Masaoka can challenge and change perceptions of what is, and isn’t, music. By the album’s conclusion, Jeanrenaud’s piercing extended cello techniques are almost indistinguishable from the bird calls and jet roars they accompany. It’s a potent reminder that what matters most in Masaoka’s visionary work is the whole, not the individual components, and that intriguing music may be as close as the next hillside or canyon.”
-George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune
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