The South Shore is the debut of Michael Vincent Waller, released March 8th/April 14th, 2015 (US/UK), featuring chamber works from the 2011-2014. Waller collaborated with over 20 musicians and ensembles to bring this record to life, a 2-CD release with album art photography by Phill Niblock.
"The music of Michael Vincent Waller offers a welcome and rare alternative to the tempo and noise of modern life. These touching miniatures employ the pure modal scales first described by ancient Greek philosophers and sustained through millennia in the folk song of many lands, in religious chant, and in the modern era by the works of composers such as Erik Satie (especially his monodrama ‘Socrate’) and Terry Riley (especially ‘A Rainbow in Curved Air’).
Waller’s music convinces us by its honest emotion, which avoids any artifice that would dramatically pull us toward some effect. Although it is the first time we have heard these works, we seem to immediately understand the intimate feeling they refer to.”
~ “Blue” Gene Tyranny
[From the liner notes of The South Shore]
released March 8, 2015
Compositions by: Michael Vincent Waller
Produced by: Michael Vincent Waller, Ryan Streber, Christine Kim
Mixed/Mastered by: Ryan Streber
Recorded by: Ryan Streber, at Oktaven Studios, NY (Disc 1, tracks 1-4, 6-14; Disc 2, tracks 2-6, 9-14) Nikolas Samaltanos, at Temple Saint Marcel, Paris France (Disc 1, track 5) Dongjin Lee, at Sound Lab, Seongnam Korea (Disc 2, track 15) Devin Maxwell, at Cabin Wanship, Utah (Disc 2, Track 16) Lawrence de Martin, live at Spectrum, NY (Disc 2, tracks 7, 8, 17) Justin Frye, live at Roulette, NY (Disc 2, track 1)
Musicians/Ensembles: Christine Kim, Pauline Kim-Harris, Conrad Harris, Daniel Panner, Marija Ilic, Nicolas Horvath, Yael Manor, Charity Wicks, Carson Cooman, Esther Noh, Katie Porter, Devin Maxwell, Luna Cholong Kang, Dedalus Ensemble, 20>>21 Ensemble, Project SiS, Red Desert.
Piano Hamburg Steinway D prepared by Arlan Harris, tuned by Dan Jessie. (Disc 1, tracks 1, 3, 7-9; Disc 2, tracks 2,9) Fazoli Grand Piano, Model No: 2780649 (Disc 1, track 5) Organ Marcussen & Son, 1973 (Laurenskerk, Rotterdam); Virtual model by Jiri Zurek, 2012 (Disc 1, tracks 10-12)
Michael Vincent Waller is an American composer based in New York City.
His music has
been described as lyrical and introspective, drawing inspiration from impressionism, post-minimalism and world music. His work situates these familiar elements within decidedly unconventional and individual frameworks.
Waller's practice has been cultivated through private study with La Monte Young....more