music for small ensembles



Lucia Bova harp

Mario Buffa violin

David Bursack viola

Paolo Ravaglia bass clarinet

Daniele Roi piano

Manuel Zurria flutes

HELIX! New Music Ensemble   |   Paul Hoffmann conductor


SYNCHRONIES, James Dashow's second double album on Ravello Records, offers a selection of the composer's work for traditional instruments with and without electronic sounds. His approach to these two musical resources combines the intimacy and flexibility of beautifully designed chamber music with full scale sonorous constructions: some achieved by finely textured orchestrations of the classical instrumental ensemble, others by the symphonic use of rich electronic timbres that are characteristic of the composer's music. Dashow's unique sound is immediately recognizable, enhanced by his ground-breaking ideas on the spatialization of sound, where the location and movement of musical events in space are now fundamental elements of his compositional practice. The performers in these pieces are true virtuosi of contemporary art music; their artistry and subtle understanding of these works yield deeply expressive interpretations that resonate with both listeners and performers alike.


The Notes tab above offers more detailed descriptions of the works, while the Interview tab provides an in depth discussion of some of Dashow's techniques and aesthetic goals.



Release Date: September 10, 2021

Catalog #: RR8060

Format: Physical & Digital



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