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Abandoned Time: International Contemporary Ensemble

Abandoned Time is a no holds barred collection of music by some of the most exciting composers writing on today's international scene, performed by the electrifying New York/Chicago based ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) featuring their intrepid guitarist Daniel Lippel.

"The title track on Dan Lippel's new CD with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Abandoned Time (New Focus), is scored for chamber group-strings, piano, flute, clarinet-so it's a bit of a shock when his slithering, distorted electric guitar makes its first entrance. Written by young Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, the piece is packed with collar-grabbing stop-start transitions and dissonant strings that deliver choppy unison parts and ominous long tones, but Lippel's guitar presides over the proceedings whether it's screaming atop the din or weaving delicately through it. Also a longtime member of the post-rock band Mice Parade, he tackles a strictly modern repertoire on Abandoned Time, backed with sensitivity and verve by members of ICE, a partly local collective that's emerged as one of the country's boldest advocates of new music. Lippel plays acoustic guitar on most of the other compositions--by Mario Davidovsky, Kaija Saariaho, Du Yun, and Magnus Lindberg--and they're just as demanding, filled with jagged lines, blistering rhythms, and explosions of energy." -Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Compact disc, total playing time: 59:26. New Focus Recordings, 2008.

Item #: 850717Regular Price: $13.95
Member Price: $12.56