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Ferdinando De Sena: Spalding's Bounce

By David Ross

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By David Ross, Diedre Viau, Javier Caballero, Jorge Gomez Abrante, Julia Okruska, Karolina Rojahn, Maria Wozniakiewicz, Molly McCaffrey, Peter Sulski, Philipp Staeudlin, Rafael Ramirez, Rane Moore, and Sarah Brady. By Ferdinando De Sena. Classical. Listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.NV6052).

Item Number: NX.NV6052

Composer Ferdinando DeSena presents a selection of chamber works offering a mixture of musical elements. DeSena's distinct musical style draws on all his diverse musical influences including jazz, popular, and classical avant garde. The popular and jazz fingerprints on his music are subtle, but can be found in his instrumentation and instrumental writing; on this album his combinations include the flute, guitar, sax and even harp and electronics to express unique sounds. The title track Spalding's Bounce, an homage to Esperanza Spalding, presents a modern culmination of transcendental groove-like material that is heavily syncopated, suggesting bebop. Anima Mea, one of several duos on the album, is titled after the beginning of "The Magnificat," a Latin Marian prayer. The piece is a tremendous achievement in two-part, free counterpoint; the subtle differences in timbre between the flute and alto saxophone achieving clear, compelling phrases. The versatile role of the guitar is presented in Deceptive Clarity, serving both as a melodic force equal to the flute, and as a reflective swath of jazz, Latin jazz, popular and classical guitar music from the twentieth century. Art Market is structured as a "sextet" for synthesizer. Beginning with 12-tone equal temperament with Pythagorean harmonics, the resulting nine overtones are synthesized and mixed to create each of the six "voices." * DeSena's music mixtures are influenced from his composition training (University of Miami, Florida), along with his years as a touring pop/rock vocalist and keyboardist in the 1970's and 80's * Born in Brooklyn, NY, DeSena teaches composition and electronic music at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida * DeSena's music has been performed throughout the continental US and in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Argentina, Italy, Ireland and Scotland. He continues to hold regular performances of his music * DeSena performs the electronic sounds on his compositions himself * Several pieces were commissioned by performers including Cynthia Cripps of The University of Texas, Christine Nield Capote and Pamela McConnell of University of Miami Florida, and Jorge Gomez Abrante and Rafael Ramirez.

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