DOUBLE TAKES

AND TRIPLE PLAYS

Joseph Koykkar

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

Composer Joseph Koykkar, described by American Record Guide as writing “music with a crystalline kind of clarity and rhythmic urgency that places him among the more exciting of contemporary composers,” presents his debut full-length release on Ravello Records DOUBLE TAKES AND TRIPLE PLAYS. Featuring works spanning a 20-year period in the composer’s career, this album exemplifies Koykkar’s practical approach to writing, dictated by the bounds and the interplay within chamber ensemble combinations, occasionally using computer-generated sounds.

 

As the works on this album illustrate, Koykkar pulls influences from a variety of genres, from American music styles such as popular, jazz, rock, and blues music, to the Western European concert music tradition of the last three centuries. Pieces like Keyboard Dances incorporate blues and rock themes with a raucous quality reminiscent of early boogie-woogie piano music, while Interfacing and Triple Play use electronics to enhance the keyboard’s textures. Koykkar also includes programmatic works like Streets and Bridges, which depicts imagery of specific streets and places in Milwaukee from the composer’s past including Downer Avenue, Lafayette Place, and Brady Street.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

The Milwaukee Sentinel praises Koykkar’s piece Double Take, featured on this album:  “On the stimulating side was Joseph Koykkar’s brilliant Double Take…. The pithy eight-minute work, a paean to sparklingly clear sonorities and economic means, bristled with good-naturedly restless activity anchored by a strong sense of direction”

 

Koykkar has received performances and commissions by a number of new music ensembles in the United States, including the Relache Ensemble, Present Music, Zeitgeist, New York New Music Ensemble, North/South Consonance, Synchronia, and the C.A.L. Ear Unit

 

Koykkar has composed over a hundred works since the mid-1970s including chamber music, orchestral scores, music for dance, film/video scores, and electronic/computer music

 

He has received grants and awards from such organizations and institutions as the Pew Charitable Trust for Music, the NEA, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the American Composers Forum

 

Koykkar is the Music Director for the Dance Department at UW-Madison and teaches courses in electro-acoustic music and sound design

 

ADDITIONAL ALBUM CONTENT AVAILABLE ONLINE

Study scores, video, liner notes, biographies, and more are available at:

 

www.ravellorecords.com/doubletakesandtripleplays

 

BIOGRAPHY

Photo by Katrin TalbotJoseph Koykkar is a musician who is at home in a variety of music from classical to avant-garde to rock and blues. As a composer, he has had his music performed nationally and internationally for over the past 30 years. Besides Double Takes and Triple Plays, his music can be heard on ten additional CDs, including an all-Koykkar release on Northeastern Records in 1992. In the past ten years three of his compositions (Out Front, Panache, and Streets and Bridges) have been in contention for a Grammy in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category. He has composed for a variety of media including chamber music, orchestra, music for dance, film/video scores, and electronic/computer music. In addition to composing he is a pianist and conductor. He holds degrees from Indiana University (M.Mus.) and the University of Miami (DMA) and has received grants and awards from such sources as the Pew Charitable Trust for Music, the NEA, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the American Composers Forum.

 

He spent two years as a composer-in-residence with the Artists-in-Schools Program in Virginia from 1978-80 and was composer-in-residence for the NOW Festival ‘96 at Capital University in Columbus, OH. Dedicated to the promotion of new music by state composers, Koykkar served as the President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers from 1990-1993, and was instrumental in shaping the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s unique Interarts and Technology Program in the 1980’s-1990’s, acting as the coordinator from 1995-2005. As a professor at UW-Madison since 1987, he teaches courses in electroacoustic music/sound design and serves as the Music Director for the Dance program.

 

Double Takes and Triple Plays is dedicated to my wife Barbara and my daughter Jackie.

 

This project was made possible in part with funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Research Committee.

 

 

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Release Date: February 12, 2016

Catalog #: RR7925

 

 

TRACK TITLES

 

Panache

Relâche Ensemble | Bob Butryn, clarinet and bass clarinet; John Dulik, piano; Chris Hanning, percussion; Jon Gaarder, bassoon; Michele Kelly, flute; Ruth Frazier, viola; Douglas Mapp, bass; Lloyd Shorter, oboe and English horn

i. Panache

II. Noir

III. Elan

 

Interfacing

Todd Welbourne, piano

4 I. MIDI Blue Boogie

5  II. Soundscape in Black and White

III. Bonks, Thunks & Kenong

 

Inside Out

Chicago Saxophone Quartet | Wayne Richards, soprano sax; Paul Bro, alto sax; Leo Saguiguit, tenor sax; James Kasprzyk, baritone sax

7 I.

II.

 

Keyboard Dances

Todd Welbourne, piano; Ilia Radoslavov, piano

I.

10  II.

 

11 Double Take

Relâche Ensemble | Bob Butryn, clarinet and bass clarinet; John Dulik, piano; Chris Hanning, percussion; Jon Gaarder, bassoon; Michele Kelly, flute; Ruth Frazier, viola; Douglas Mapp, bass; Lloyd Shorter, oboe and English horn

 

Streets and Bridges

Jeri-Mae Astolfi, piano

12  I. Downer Avenue

13  II. Lafayette Place

14  III. Brady Street

 

15  Triple Play

Todd Welbourne, piano

 

 

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