New From Innova: “Barry Schrader Fallen Sparrow”


Innova has released Fallen Sparrow, an album by Barry Schrader.


Here is what Innova tells us:

“‘Fallen Sparrow’ is the latest in a series of Innova releases by the seminal electro-acoustic composer Barry Schrader, and the first to duo live performers with electronic sound. His affinity for glistening soundscapes, coupled with virtuoso performances from some of the most acclaimed instrumentalists in new music cast an hour’s worth of pure music magic.

Schrader is not the first composer in the history of music to seek a balance between melody and accompaniment. But he has certainly found a unique equilibrium between the live soloists (all stars in their own right) and the prerecorded electronic parts. You’d swear they were sensing each other’s presence and responding accordingly.

Schrader evidently has some attraction to things French, and that’s evident on this CD. There’s French poetry, an expressive French countertenor, tributes to Ravel, and even a bit of tragedy. But there’s also a lot of upbeat nature to the music, including jazz influences and a swinging clarinet. The title “Fallen Sparrow”, however, refers not to the late Edith Piaf, but to a dead bird found near the composer’s dryer exhaust outside of his house. What was the bird’s instinct to seek comfort in a pile of lint? Did its life flash before its eyes as it lay dying?”

From Barry Schrader’s web site:

“Barry Schrader has been acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “a composer born to the electronic medium”, named “a seminal composer of electro-acoustic music” by Journal SEAMUS, and described by Gramaphone as a composer of “approachable electronic music with a distinctive individual voice to reward the adventurous”. “There’s a great sweep to Schrader’s work that puts it more in line with ambitious large-scale electronic works by the likes of Stockhausen, a line that can be traced backwards to Mahler, Bruckner and Beethoven.” writes Dan Warburton of the Paris Transatlantic Magazine. His compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real-time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. He has received recognition in the form of grants, awards, and commissions, from such organizations as the Groupe Musique Exp豩mentale de Bourges, Apple Computer, ASCAP, Yamaha, Meet the Composer, Los Angeles Film Forum, URBAN-15, The CalArts Contemporary Music Festival, Res Musica, Yellow Springs Institute and the Centre Internationale de Recherche Musicale, and has recently been awarded a Copland Grant through Innova Recordings. His works have been featured in numerous festivals including the Australian International Electronic Music Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Tokyo Gakugei University Exhibition of Electronic Music, New Music Los Angeles, Musiques Actuelles Nice Côte d’Azur, the Darmstadt Festival, Synth粥, the London Almeida Festival, the Biennale de Paris, and the Beijing MusicAcoustica Festival. In 1988, Schrader was invited by the Chinese Ministry of Culture to present concerts and lectures in electro-acoustic and computer music in Beijing and Shanghai. Active in the promotion of electro-acoustic music, Schrader is the founder and the first president of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States), and is an advisory member of the Board of the CEC (Canadian Electroacoustic Community). He has been involved with the inauguration and operation of several performance series such as SCREAM (Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music), the Currents concert series at Theatre Vanguard (the first ongoing series of electro-acoustic music concerts in the U.S.), and the CalArts Electro-Acoustic Music Marathon. He has written for several publications including The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Grolier’s Encyclopedia, Contemporary Music Review, and Journal SEAMUS. He is also the author of the book Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music . He has been a member of the Composition Faculty of the California Institute of the Arts School of Music since 1971, and has also taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the California State University at Los Angeles. His music is recorded on the Opus One, Laurel, CIRM, SEAMUS, Centaur, and Innova labels.”

The album Innova 654 , the CD at Innova $15, the ,mp3 at Amazon $8.99