Today's music from Princeton Composer Dan Trueman with the Yurodny Ensemble. Enjoy "Haivka."
About the composer:
Dan Trueman is an American composer, fiddler, and electronic musician. He began studying violin at the age of 4, and decades later, after a chance encounter, fell in love with the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, an instrument and tradition that has deeply affected all of his work, whether as a fiddler, a composer, or musical explorer. With the Hardanger fiddle, and his new 5-string Hardanger-inspired "5x5 fiddle," Dan has performed his music with many groups and musicians, including Trollstilt and QQQ, the American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, the Brentano and Daedelus string quartets, the Crash Ensemble, many wonderful fiddlers, and others, and has performed across America, Ireland, and Norway. But his explorations of musical instruments have extended beyond the fiddle into new technologies; Dan is the co-founder and Director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, the first ensemble of its size and kind that has led to the formation of similarly inspired ensembles across the world, from Oslo to Dublin, to Stanford and Bangkok. Dan's compositional work reflects this complex and broad range of activities, exploring rhythmic connections between traditional dance music and machines, for instance, or engaging with the unusual phrasing, tuning and ornamentation of the traditional Norwegian music while trying to discover new music that is singularly inspired by, and only possible with, new digital instruments that he designs and constructs. Dan's work has been recognized by grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, among others, and he teaches at Princeton University. His music is published by Good Child Music.
About the Ensemble:
Founded in 2007 by saxophonist and composer Nick Roth, the Yurodny Ensemble perform contemporary interpretations of traditional music from around the world alongside new works by composers inspired by these traditions.
"Music sans frontières...exhilarating perfection."
(The Journal of Music)
"Evenset is surely one of the most significant records to come out of Ireland in decades."
"One of the best and most adventurous world music discs I've heard in a long while."
(Downtown Music Gallery, NYC)
"The music emerged triumphant, vibrant and irresistable!"
(The Irish Times)
Yurodny have released two critically acclaimed albums on the Diatribe label, and performed at numerous major international festivals and venues across Europe. Their music was featured on the IASCA compilation presented to cultural delegations from Barack Obama and HM The Queen and has been played on most major European and North American radio networks.
Recent projects include a world premiere of Japanese composer Mamoru Fujieda's micro-opera 'Hi-Miwari' from his Patterns of Plants series; 'Sci-Lens' featuring world-leading computer music expert and hardinger fiddle player Dan Trueman and a collaborative exchange project with the award-winning Hezarfen Ensemble, featuring Irish and Turkish composers Onur Turkmen, Ed Bennett, Adrian Hart and Kamran Ince, premiered at the Akbank Jazz Festival, Istanbul. As part of the EU Presidency Award Yurodny played a Scandinavian Tour and key performances in Switzerland and at London's Kings Place as part of the Songlines Encounters Festival in 2013.
Upcoming projects for 2014 include collaborations with Stian Cartsenson in Norway, and a new album recording 'Haivka' with Ukranian electroacoustic composer Alla Zagaykevych.