Eight Strings & a Whistle
From Stravinsky-esque rhythms and impressionistic harmonies to Xerox® machine-inspired gestures, Eight Strings & a Whistle – comprised of flutist Suzanne Gilchrest, violist Ina Litera, and cellist Matthew Goeke – present a diverse selection of contemporary and 20th-century works that highlight the ensemble’s blend of technical prowess and emotive interpretation on their debut Ravello Records release ALBERT’S WINDOW.
Going Up? by Martin Rokeach and commissioned by Eight Strings & a Whistle, ensnares the listener in its elliptical orbit, as each theme gradually ascends to nebulous, whimsical resolutions. Aloysia Serenade, Op. 19 by Peter Jona Korn (1922-1998) was written for Boston Symphony Orchestra flautist Doriot Anthony Dwyer, the first woman to hold a principal chair in a major U.S. orchestra. The composition leaps from spirited, energetic peaks to brooding, contemplative valleys, traversing a vast amount of emotional and musical territory.
Written for and dedicated to Eight Strings & a Whistle, Bad Robots by composer Edmonds Cionek explores man’s relationship with technology, drawing inspiration from the sounds of a copy machine and its rhythms. The album closes with the lyrical Trio, Op. 40 by Albert Roussel (1869-1937), an example of what the composer called “music willed and realized for its own sake:” abstract, colored, cyclic, and unique.
In these works we hear an ensemble of knowledge, elegance, and depth performing music of equal caliber and inspiration – a combination as perfect, in its idiosyncratic and unique own way, as the eight strings and a whistle of Eight Strings & a Whistle.
This album includes a web-application which features liner notes, biographies, and more:
Eight Strings & a Whistle have performed at several concert halls and institutions, including the Tenri Cultural Institute, Merkin Concert Hall, the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space in New York City, and and the Stern Virtuosos Series at Skidmore College in New York
Eight Strings & a Whistle has been featured at the 2014 Queens New Music Festival and Spectrum, the contemporary new music venue in Manhattan, NYC as well as the Bar Harbor Festival’s New Composers Concert in Maine
The trio has made several television and radio appearances including Minding Your Business (MNN TV) and numerous live performances on Maine Public Radio
The trio is comprised of flutist Suzanne Gilchrest, violist Ina Litera, and cellist Matthew Goeke. They have championed Baroque, Classical, and Romantic repertoire as well as collaborate regularly with living composers – including PARMA composers Douglas Anderson, Hilary Tann, and Scott Brickman, as well as Dawn Avery, Edmund Cionek, Martin Rokeach, Robert Davidson, Pèter Köszeghy, and Randall Snyder – premiering and workshopping their pieces throughout the concert season
The trio has performed to standing ovations throughout Maine as an ensemble-in-residence with the Arcady Music Festival, and has twice been in residence at Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor, offering workshops and appearing in the Festival's Renaissance Concert Series and Classic and Jazz Series
Eight Strings & a Whistle (Suzanne Gilchrest, flute; Ina Litera, viola; and Matthew Goeke, cello) has been performing at festivals and on concert series throughout the United States since 1998. Appearing annually at the Tenri Cultural Institute, the Trio has also performed at Merkin Concert Hall and the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space in New York City. Eight Strings & a Whistle has been featured at the Queens New Music Festival and Spectrum, the contemporary new music venue on Manhattan’s vibrant Lower East Side, as well as the Bar Harbor Festival’s New Composers Concert. The Trio has been Artist-in-Residence at Arcady Music Festival and Schoodic Arts for All, and has performed at Skidmore College, the Universities of Maine at Fort Kent and Presque Isle, and the City University of New York. Television and radio appearances include Minding Your Business (MNN TV) and numerous live performances on Maine Public Radio.
Release Date: November 13, 2015
Catalog #: RR7918
1) Going Up? (Rokeach)
2-5) Aloysia Serenade, Op. 19 (Korn)
6-8) Bad Robots (Cionek)
9-11) Trio, Op. 40 (Roussel)
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