George Lewis: Assemblage
George Lewis (b. 1952) combines an astonishing level of creativity with trenchant critiques of many traditional conceptions about experimental music. The four compositions on this album reference a wide range of ideas, from rhetoric in Ancient Rome to actor network theory, and the album's eponymous composition finds its grounding in the concept of the "assemblage," (or agencement in French) a pragmatic, material, non-teleological approach to composition.
The first recording for release on the Sound American imprint features the chamber music of Alex Mincek. As a portrait of Mincek's work over the past ten years, Torrent includes older works for chamber ensemble and soloist, featuring the Wet Ink Ensemble, as well as more contemporary pieces and works-in-progress.
"The melodic shapes are severe, a quality heightened by extended techniques, and as a whole the pieces bristle with excitement and surprises." - Peter Margasak More