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REACT

Music for flute, violin,

and interactive computer

 

Francesca Arnone, flutes

Mikylah McTeer, violin

 

OVERVIEW

 

Violinist Mikylah McTeer and flutist Francesca Arnone perform diverse electroacoustic pieces on their first collaborative album REACT, released on Ravello Records. The works on this album demonstrate well the potential range of electroacoustic music in facilitating both experimental and traditional compositional ideas. The featured composers explore new ways of creating and organizing sound, and as performed with either computer or other interactive electronics, the violin and flute help construct unique sonic landscapes.

 

Interact and React, composed by Ben Johansen for flute, violin and interactive computer, is unique for its incorporation of non-instrumental sounds (such as mouth noises, whistling, stomping, snapping, and more) into its musical landscape, and has three basic parts:  two deeply abstract outer sections, with an intervening period of fierce counterpoint between the flute and violin. Margaret Schedel’s Partita, Perihelion for violin and interactive computer most clearly blends traditional ideas with electroacoustic ones, as the electronics grow out of the solo violin part.  The titles of its three movements refer to Baroque dance suite forms, and also paraphrase, if not outright quote, Bach’s solo violin partitas. Luminosity, David Taddie’s flute and electroacoustic piece, is one of the more traditional experimental works on the album, using synthesized sounds that can be traced back to electronic music from the 1960s and 70s.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Violinist Mikylah McTeer’s performances have been called “energetic and virtuosic” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), and “captivating” (Boulder Daily Camera)

 

Reviews of flutist Francesca Arnone note her playing as “sublime” and “without flaw” (Audiophile); “engaging, convincing and fearless” (Flute View); that she “has a full, singing tone that she employs with great variety and contrast” (American Record Guide)

 

McTeer is the violin professor at West Virginia University and coordinator of the string area. She was formerly concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony in Durango, CO

 

Arnone is flute professor at Baylor University, principal flute of the Waco Symphony, and flutist in the Brazos Ensemble

 

McTeer and Arnone began their duo collaboration in 2009, forming the duo reACT with a commitment to performing music of living composers

 

The album features composer Russell Pinkston, who has released a solo album BALANCING ACTS (RR7921) and is featured on TORNADO PROJECT (RR7908), both on Ravello Records. His composition, Vox Clamantis, is an interactive work commissioned by the Arnone and McTeer duo reACT

 

ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

BALANCING ACTS

Russell Pinkston (RR7921)

Release Date: April 8, 2016

Catalog #: RR7930

 

 

TRACK LISTING

 

Ben Johansen

1 Interact for flute, violin, and interactive computer

Francesca Arnone, flute; Mikylah McTeer, violin; Ben Johansen, computer

 

David Taddie

2 Luminosity for flute (doubling alto flute) and electro-acoustic accompaniment

Francesca Arnone, flute

 

Russell Pinkston

3 Vox Clamantis for flute, violin, and computer

Francesca Arnone, flute; Mikylah McTeer, violin

 

Margaret Schedel

Partita, Perihelion for Violin and Interactive Electronics

Mikylah McTeer, violin

 

4 I. Allamande

5 II. Sarabande (Adagio)

6 III. Gigue (Adagio)

 

David Taddie

7  Category 5 (Echoes) for flute/alto flute/piccolo, violin, and computer

Francesca Arnone, flute/alto flute/piccolo; Mikylah McTeer, violin

 

Russell Pinkston

8 Lizamander for flute and computer

Francesca Arnone, flute

 

Margaret Schedel

9 QfwfQ (a voice a point of view) for two alto instruments and interactive sound

Francesca Arnone, alto flute; Mikylah McTeer, violin

 

Ben Johansen

10 React for flute, violin, and interactive computer

Francesca Arnone, flute; Mikylah McTeer, violin

 

 

CREDITS

 

The performers and composers gratefully acknowledge the following support:

 

Baylor University Research Committee

Baylor University Vice Provost for Research

West Virginia University Faculty Senate Research Grant

West Virginia University Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Grant

University of Texas Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Grant

Baylor University Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Grant

Baylor University Summer Sabbatical Grant

West Virginia University College of Creative Arts, Office of the Dean

West Virginia University School of Music

 

Interact recorded 2014 at Baylor University in Waco, TX

 

Recorded by Ben Johansen

Produced by Stephen Bolech

 

React recorded 2014 at Baylor University in Waco, TX

 

Recorded and Produced by Stephen Bolech

 

Luminosity; Vox Clamantis; Partita, Perihelion;

Category 5 (Echoes); Lizamander; and QfwfQ;

recorded in 2015 at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV

 

Recorded and Produced by Mark A. Benincosa II

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Mixing & Mastering Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Designer Emily Roulo

A&R Chris Robinson

Marketing Specialist Morgan MacLeod

 

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