James Primosch

Composer(s): James Primosch
Album Title: Icons 
Cat. No.: 80523
Genre: Classical
Description: Icons

Cavani String Quartet; Leonardo Trio; Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Aleck Karis, piano

With all its evident modernity, the music of
James Primosch (b. 1956) is reassuringly old-fashioned in some of its aspects. Along with its passion for clarity of thought and sheer beauty of sound, his work is manifestly concerned with ethical and cultural values of a very traditional kind, and with establishing a viable symbiosis connecting equally traditional musical elements-hymnody, for example, and the language of African-American popular music-with all the proliferating techniques available to a composer at the end of the 20th century. A former composition student of George Crumb and Mario Davidovsky, Primosch is currently on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. He expresses his credo in the following statement:

“I seek to serve the play of gesture and memory by harnessing diverse energies. These spring from a variety of sources: the traditions of the European-American musical heritage; the expanded resources afforded by electronic media; and my own experiences as a performer, including work as an advocate for contemporary music, as a liturgical musician and as a jazz pianist.

At the heart of my work is a spiritual impulse. The music is rooted in contemplation and solitude, but comes to life in the community of performers and listeners, when the air is set in motion as an act of praise to the Creator.”

Icons (for clarinet, piano, tape), Piano Quintet, String Qt. No. 2 (after Zurbar├ín), Fantasy-Variations (for violin, cello, and piano) 
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