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Æsopica: Music of Marcos Balter

International Contemporary Ensemble

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1
Wicker Park
Marcos Balter; Ryan Muncy
10:23
Codex Seraphinianus  
2
I. Flora
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
1:25
3
II. Fauna
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
1:22
4
III. Bipeds
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
0:59
5
IV. Hermetica
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
0:32
6
V. Machinery
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
1:59
7
VI. Anthropology
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
2:04
8
VII. Register: Albertine Gone
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
0:59
9
VIII. Linguistics
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
1:01
10
IX. Culture
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
1:01
11
X. Games
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
3:27
12
XI. Architecture
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
2:37
13
Descent from Parnassus
Marcos Balter; Claire Chase
11:57
14
Ligare
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble
6:31
Æsopica Suite  
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I. Prologue
Marcos Balter; Peter Tantsits; International Contemporary Ensemble; Ross Karre
1:30
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II. Overture
Marcos Balter; International Contemporary Ensemble; Ross Karre
2:37
17
III. The Fly and the Mule
Marcos Balter; Peter Tantsits; International Contemporary Ensemble; Ross Karre
1:49
18
IV. The Boastful Lamp
Marcos Balter; Peter Tantsits; International Contemporary Ensemble; Ross Karre
2:26
19
V. The Mountain in Labor
Marcos Balter; Peter Tantsits; Jacob Greenberg; Ross Karre
1:41
20
VI. The Rabbit and the Dog
Marcos Balter; Peter Tantsits; International Contemporary Ensemble; Ross Karre
1:10
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VII. The Wind and the Sun
Marcos Balter; Peter Tantsits; International Contemporary Ensemble; Ross Karre
2:51
22
VIII. The Cicada and the Ant
Marcos Balter; Peter Tantsits; International Contemporary Ensemble; Ross Karre
2:36
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IX. Epilogue
Marcos Balter; Peter Tantsits; International Contemporary Ensemble; Ross Karre
1:32
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    64:29
The International Contemporary Ensemble's new release on it's in-house label, Tundra, highlights a fruitful seven-year collaboration between the ensemble and Brazilian born composer Marcos Balter, featuring five world premiere recordings of works commissioned and championed by the group. Balter's music absorbs techniques and aesthetics from across the compositional spectrum, adapting them to a sensibility that is consistently sensual, colorful and immediate. The connection between ICE and Balter runs through Chicago, where he served on the composition faculty at Columbia College. Wicker Park, written for ICE saxophonist and former Chicago residen tRyan Muncy, celebrates a Chicago neighborhood known for it's bohemian spirity and CIY arts scene. Codex Seraphinianus, for flute, soprano saxophone, viola and bassoon is an eleven movement suite inspired by an encyclopedia of imaginary objects by Italian designer Luigi Serafini. The Art Institute of Chicago asked Claire Chase to commission a composer to write a work inspired by the museum's permanent collection. The result, inspired by Cy Twombly's Return from Parnassus, is Balter's Descent from Parnmassus, a tour de force solo flute work that is two pieces happening simultaneously - a virtuoso fluote solo and a breathless recitation of Book One of Dante's Canto Paradiso at the same time. Ligare for six instruments employs subtle microtones and whistling to create an atmospheric, disembodied soundscape. The final work, Aesopica, was Balter's first large ensemble piece for ICE. Based on Aesop's Fables, Aesopica sets this famous work for children through contemporary music, as Balter draws on his wide pallette to paint whimsical vignettes of sound and fantasy. This album, then, is a partial compendium of Balter's work over recent years; indeed, in the liner notes, he writes "My music for ICE is very much like a diary of my own trajectory as a composer."
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