New From Innova: Phillip Schroeder “Passage Through A Dream”

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Phillip Schroeder Passage Through a Dream
Innova 781 (7.26.2011)

About this album, Innova says:

Passage Through a Dream offers five premiere recordings of new music by composer Phillip Schroeder—remarkably beautiful and vibrant tracks that feature lyric melodies and lush, intricate textures.

Phillip Schroeder

Passage Through a Dream expands and develops musical ideas found in Schroeder’s critically acclaimed 2006 CD Move in the Changing Light (Innova 655), about which Ron Shepper wrote in textura, ‘Schroeder generates dense masses of sparkling trills and cascades….The sound that results verges on the paradisaical … Schroeder’s glistening pieces are full of elegant nuances,’ and Frank J. Oteri wrote in the American Music Center’s NewMusicBox, ‘ You’ll keep hitting repeat on your CD player.’

Passage’s performers include Schroeder on piano and electric bass, soprano Erin Bridgeman, the multi-talented Rick Dimond on accordion and vibraphone, clarinetist/composer Michael Henson, harpist Jane Grothe, flutist Jennifer Amox, and new music clarinetist Marty Walker.

Born in 1956 in Rancho Cordova, California, Phillip Schroeder’s musical life began early and paralleled the diversity of his surroundings—living in twelve states—playing trumpet in concert bands and electric bass in rock and jazz bands, singing in choirs, conducting orchestral and chamber groups, improvising with a variety of ensembles, and concertizing as a pianist. His music for soloists, chamber ensembles, live electronics, orchestra, and choir, has been described by critics as ‘wonderfully evocative,’ ‘ethereal,’ and ‘rich in subtle detail.’ ”

Innova is the recording arm of American Composers Forum, St Paul Mn.