Quatro Mani / Lounge Lizards
Album: Lounge Lizards   Collection:Classical
Artist:Quatro Mani   Added:May 2017
Label:Bridge Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2017-05-10 Pull Date: 2017-07-12 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Jun 11
Airplays: 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 09, 2017: Clean Copper Radio
Sierra: Of Risk And Memory (11:15)

Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2017-05-07
Quattro Mani is a duo-piano team originating in 1989; since 2013,
Steven Beck and Susan Grace have promoted rare and contemporary
duo-keyboard literature. Quiet Music (1994), originally for orchestra, is a series of variations played pp (pianissimo). It maintains a feeling of intimacy through changes in density and texture. Running 16th notes characterize each variation of John Musto’s Passacaglia (2000), which exploits a Baroque variation form based on 3 pitches. The mood is joyful and dance-like. Charles Ives’ Three Quarter-tone Pieces (from 1925) is quite experimental: studies in melodic and rhythmic quarter-tone possibilities. The musical styles embraces Ragtime, tone rows, layered effects and harmony derived from non-Western sources. Arlene Sierra’s 1997 of Risk and Memory employs an element of aleatory (unpredictable) music - each pianist must finish the other pianist’s phrases. The work requires a degree of competition between the musicians, who present musical sequences and then interrupt, review and alter them. The more variety the players introduce, the richer the piece’s fabric. The four mvmts of Michael Daugherty’s (1994) Lounge Lizards for 2 Pianos and Percussion recall various gigs and venues he played as a jazz entertainer to support his composition studies. Daugherty calls these trying years “paying my dues.”

Track Listing
1. Lerdahl: Quiet Music (13:28)   6. Sierra: Of Risk And Memory (11:15)
2. Musto: Passacaglia (10:56)   7. Daugherty: Lounge Lizards: Sip ?N? Sir In Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3:48)
3. Ives: Three Quarter-Tone Pieces. Largo (4:44)   8. Daugherty: Dennis Swing Club Hamburg, Germany (3:07)
4. Ives: Allegro (3:01)   9. Daugherty: Ramada Inn, Exit I, New Jersey Turnpike (2:54)
5. Ives: Chorale (5:32)   10. Daugherty: Bamboo Bar, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (3:50)