Shadow Etchings


Orlando Cela flute

Jean-Patrick Besingrand composer
Lou Bunk composer
Robert Gross composer
Dana Kaufman composer
Stratis Minakakis composer
Edward Maxwell Dulaney composer
Ziteng Ye composer

Release Date: February 9, 2018
Catalog #: RR7982
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Solo Instrumental

Orlando Cela demonstrates his ingenious ability to navigate complexities of postmodernism in chamber music and the avant garde with this rich recording of flute and piccolo treasures for the curious ear. Operating with a creative vision inspired by Frederic Chopin that “simplicity is the final achievement,” Cela invites the listener on a journey of experimental music beginning with Besingrand’s “Le soupir du roseau dans les bras du vent” in which the flutist explores the unexpected possibilities for creating sound with his instrument. Cela furthers the investigation with “Winter Variations,” by Lou Bunk (“featuring John Cage”), investigating, too, the possible extremes in lower dynamics. In Robert Gross’ “Variations on a Schenker Graph of Gesualdo,” Cela challenges the listener to decipher what is real from what is imagined. Dana Kaufman’s “Hang Down Your Head,” is the most ethnographic work on the recording, alluding to an ambiguous folk setting. It could be Nebraska; it could be Mars. The minimalism in composition lets the listener decide as Cela’s flawless delivery leads the way. Shadow Etchings is unapologetically unconventional yet simultaneously accessible to even the untrained ear. If you are looking to expand your horizons, this is the place to start.


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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Le soupir du roseau dans les bras du vent Jean-Patrick Besingrand Orlando Cela, flute 8:56
02 Winter Variations Lou Bunk Ft. John Cage Orlando Cela, alto flute & piccolo; Sivan Etedgee, piano 12:25
03 Variations on a Schenker Graph of Gesualdo Robert Gross Orlando Cela, flute 8:09
04 Hang Down Your Head Dana Kaufman Orlando Cela, flute 5:40
05 Skiagrafies II: I. Sombras Stratis Minakakis Orlando Cela, flute; Stratis Minakakis, piano resonance 1:35
06 Skiagrafies II: II. Rastros Stratis Minakakis Orlando Cela, flute; Stratis Minakakis, piano resonance 4:27
07 Skiagrafies II: III. Tercer espacio Stratis Minakakis Orlando Cela, flute; Stratis Minakakis, piano resonance 3:31
08 A Turning Inwards Edward Maxwell Dulaney Orlando Cela, flute 12:08
09 Self-portrait Ziteng Ye Orlando Cela, flute 6:16

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Will Holland
Chillhouse Studios, Boston MA

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Brandon MacNeil

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette

Design & Marketing Director Brett Picknell
Design Emily Roulo

Artist Information

Orlando Cela


Venezuelan born musician Orlando Cela is committed to engaging audiences with lively performances that open new worlds of experience. Known for his engaging performances using imaginative programming, Orlando has premiered in over 100 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor. In concert, Cela regularly offers short lively introductions to selected works, offering audiences entry points into unfamiliar works, to easily connect the music with other life experience.

Lou Bunk


Lou Bunk (b. 1972) is an American musician inspired by many forms of experimental artistic expression. Educated in classical composition, and deeply influenced by the noise and improv. scene in and around Boston and New York, Lou’s music occupies a space between and among concert halls and fringe performance spaces. His sonically rich and intricate music investigates sound and silence through extended instrumental techniques, microtones, amplified found objects, electronics, and generative approaches to texture and form.