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From New Amsterdam: “Sweet Light Crude”

From New Amsterdam

Sweet Light Crude

New Amsterdam Nov 16, 2010
Newspeak is (L-R): Taylor Levine, electric guitar; Caleb Burhans, violin, voice; Brian Snow, cello, bass; Mellissa Hughes, voice, electronics; David T. Little, director, drums; James Johnston, synthesizer; Eileen Mack, co-director, clarinets. Not pictured: Peter Wise, percussion. Photo: Stephen Taylor

This is quite a cast of players.

At their website we are told, “NEWSPEAK is an eight-piece amplified ensemble working under the direction of composer David T. Little and clarinetist Eileen Mack. Named after the thought-limiting language in George Orwell’s 1984, Newspeak explores the grey area where art and politics mix. Through their programming, performances, and commissions, they seek to reconsider, redefine, and ultimately reclaim the notion of socially engaged music and its place in contemporary society. Embedding elements of a rock band into a classical new music ensemble, Newspeak confronts the boundaries between the classical and the rock traditions.

Read more at the Newspeak site.

I am going to send myself an email so that I remember to buy this album in .mp3 as soon as possible.


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