Globe, Travel, Homeland
Eun Hye Park composer
Daniel Perlongo composer
Michael Sidney Timpson composer
Chan Hae Lee composer
Robert Paterson composer
Sang-Hie Lee piano
Martha Thomas piano
Kevin von Kampen percussion
Zack Hale percussion
The piano is the powerhouse of musical instruments: with its vast tonal range and its ability to simultaneously supply chords and melodies, it generally takes the dominating place in virtually any setup. So what happens if you compose and play music for two of these behemoths? Pianists Sang-Hie Lee and Martha Thomas answer this question on their aptly-titled new album GLOBE, TRAVEL, HOMELAND.
Their touchstone? A selection of new two-piano duos by living composers, tonally residing somewhere between Prokofiev and Messiaen. Few instrumental setups are as complex as this one, but Lee and Thomas navigate its challenges with great aplomb, to the point where the music feels less like a duo and more like a transcendental conversation between kindred spirits. As it should.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Persona for Two Pianos and Two Percussion Players||Eun Hye Park||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano; Kevin von Kampen, percussion; Zack Hale, percussion||6:15|
|02||Tango Suite in Three Scenes: Movement I||Daniel Perlongo||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||10:17|
|03||Tango Suite in Three Scenes: Movement II||Daniel Perlongo||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||9:23|
|04||Tango Suite in Three Scenes: Movement III||Daniel Perlongo||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||11:19|
|05||Eight Quodlibets: IV||Michael Sidney Timpson||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||1:15|
|06||Eight Quodlibets: V||Michael Sidney Timpson||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||2:28|
|07||Frozen Land: Movement I||Chan Hae Lee||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||6:36|
|08||Frozen Land: Movement II||Chan Hae Lee||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||6:46|
|09||Frozen Land: Movement III||Chan Hae Lee||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||8:33|
|10||Deep Blue Ocean: Movement I||Robert Patterson||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||4:19|
|11||Deep Blue Ocean: Movement II||Robert Patterson||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||5:03|
|12||Deep Blue Ocean: Movement III||Robert Patterson||Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano||5:24|
Recorded January 30, 2022 at the University of South Florida Concert Hall in Tampa FL
Recording Engineer John Zumwalt Stephan, Spring Theatre Arts & Recording of Tampa
Mastering Melanie Montgomery
The album project is supported by generous Creative Scholarship and ResearchOne grants from the USF Office of Research and Innovation.
College of the Arts Events Coordinator Beau Edwardson
School of Music Production Manager Michael Dwyer
Executive Producer Bob Lord
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Quinton Blue
VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming, Morgan Hauber
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran
Dr. Sang-Hie Lee, Professor of Music at the University of South Florida, is an active teacher, pianist, researcher, author, and cross-disciplinary administrator. As the founder of Ars Nostra, she performs piano ensemble music by significant living composers: her music is featured on six albums by Ravello, Centaur, Capstone, and Albany labels. Lee is the principal author of Scholarly Research in Music: Shared and Disciplinary-Specific Practices (McGraw Hill, 2012-2013, Routledge 2017, 2022). She is the primary editor of Perspectives in Performing Arts Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Springer 2020) and was the founding Editor of the Cultural Expressions in Music Monographs Series (College Music Society 2008-2014). She is the author of 74 scholarly publications, has presented 85 conference papers, keynotes, and lectures, hosted seven international conferences, and performed numerous solo and chamber-music concerts in the United States, South Korea, China, Serbia, Brazil, Italy, and Canada.
Pianist Dr. Martha Thomas has given concerts and presentations across the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Thomas is featured on 11 albums on the ACA Digital, Centaur, Ravello, and Albany labels. Her latest, ECHOES: Past and Future, features music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Noggin by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner. She has been praised for the “lyrical beauty of her playing” and “her mastery of rhythmic and textural complexities.”
Kevin von Kampen
Kevin von Kampen is a Tampa FL based percussionist active in solo, concerto, chamber, and large ensemble works. He is currently the percussion instructor at the University of South Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, a Master of Music in Percussion from the University of South Florida, and is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Zachary Hale is a percussionist, composer, and software developer who bridges the gaps between music technology and music performance. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Percussion, Composition, and Electronic Music from the University of South Florida and a Master of Music in Percussion from McGill University. He currently resides in Clearwater FL, working as a software developer at Transcendent Solutions.
Eun Hye Park
Born in Seoul in 1964, Dr. Eun Hye Park holds degrees from Ewha Womans University, Southwest Baptist University, New York University (M.A.), and the American Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.). Excelling as a composer of percussion music, Park has received commissions from the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, History of the Avant-Garde (2004), the Edinburgh Festival (2004), and the Conservatorium Maastricht Festival in the Netherlands (2004). Park has produced two albums, one performed by the KAROS Percussion Ensemble (1997), and the other performed by the McCormick Percussion Ensemble (The Music of Eun Hye Park, Capstone Records, 2007). The 13th Eun Hye Park’s Composition Recital was held by invitation of USF Percussion Ensemble (2013).
Daniel Perlongo attended the University of Michigan, where he received B.M. and M.M. degrees studying composition with George Balch Wilson, Leslie Bassett, and Ross Lee Finney. With a two-year Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship, he continued his studies in Rome at the Academy of St. Cecilia with Goffreddo Petrassi. Perlongo and his music compositions have received numerous awards, including the American Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy-National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2003 he received Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Distinguished Faculty Award for the Creative Arts, where he taught for over 40 years and is now an emeritus professor. His Concerto for piano and orchestra is recorded with Donna Coleman and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Sunburst for clarinet and orchestra is recorded by clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Perlongo’s music is available through American Composers Alliance, Inc. (BMI)
A baritone saxophone and electric bass clarinet player, Dr. Michael Timpson has cultivated strong interests in American improvisational forms, especially free jazz and fusion, which would later evolve American popular genres, funk, hip-hop, and alternative techno. A child of the multicultural era in Northern California, Timpson was intrigued with East and Southeast Asian traditional music, which bore a lasting impact on his musical style. Originally labeling himself “an Eclectic Maximalist,” his recent works have drawn from a more spectro-minimal and fusionist vein. Timpson has also composed works for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean instruments.
Chan Hae Lee
For more than three decades, Lee Chan-Hae has been a dominant force in Korean musical life. Her approach to integrating Korean traditional music with contemporary Western trends led to her winning the prestigious Korean National Composer’s prize three times. She has composed influential works for solo instruments: Galpiri for clarinet, From the Line for violin, From the Island Under the Moon for trombone, Sorickil for daegeum and produced two significant large-scale compositions: The Planet Earth for two drummers and orchestra and Womb of the Earth for daegeum, gayageum, and Korean traditional orchestra.
Dr. Robert Paterson’s music has been played by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Austin Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the American Composers Orchestra. The chamber ensembles and choirs that have commissioned or performed his music include the New York New Music Ensemble, Bargemusic, California EAR Unit, Da Capo Chamber Players, Ensemble Aleph, Locrian Chamber Players, Aureole, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.