David Lang: Are You Experienced?
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR625     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Jay Rozen, electric tuba; David Lang, narrator; Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne: Claude Hamel, violin; Brian Bacon, viola; Christine Giguere, cello; Rene Gosselin, bass; Guy Pelletier, flute, piccolo; Normand Forget, oboe; Andre Moisan, clarinets; Gilles Plante, clarinets; Michel Bettez, bassoon; Lise Bouchard, trumpet; Francis Ouellet, horn; Alain Trudel, trombone; Tim Brady, electric guitar; Julien Gregoire, percussion; Jacques Drouin, piano, synthesizer; Lorraine Vaillancourt, Conductor; Double Edge: [Nurit Tilles, piano; Edmund Niemann, piano]; Ursula Oppens, piano; Rolf Schulte, violin;

“Are You Experienced?” is the title of a famous Jimi Hendrix song that became one of the anthems of the 1960s counterculture; and it became the title, as well, of the late guitarist’s first album, a strikingly original work of its time and, now, a pop classic. It is the title of a piece, written two decades later by David Lang; and it has become the title of this, the first recording devoted to the works of a striking young American composer who came to prominence in the 1980s. But, more importantly, it is a question.

David Lang has a penchant for provocative titles. He called an orchestra piece commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra, Eating Living Monkeys. International Business Machine was written for the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Bonehead, for the American Composers Orchestra; Aliens Kidnapped Me and Stole My Blood, for Stanford University. And there is this collection’s chamber orchestra score, Spud.

An element of whimsy inspired these titles, along with the predictable irreverence of youth towards the often smug reverence in which classical institutions are held by society. But all are works, as are the remaining scores included here Orpheus Over and Under and Illumination Rounds that question modern experience in a way that is new for new music. Each work serves as a musical analog to our immediate world and feelings, and a music results that is at once formally rigorous and stylistically hip. There is no name yet for this kind of music that has both the discipline of modernism and the relevance of postmodernism...


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Track Listing

Are You Experienced?: On being hit on the head
David Lang
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Are You Experienced?: Dance
David Lang
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Are You Experienced?: On being hit on The head (reprise)
David Lang
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Are You Experienced?: On hearing the voice of God
David Lang
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Are You Experienced?: Drop
David Lang
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Are You Experienced?: On hearing the siren's song
David Lang
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Orpheus Over and Under: Aria
David Lang
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Orpheus Over and Under: Chorale
David Lang
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Spud
David Lang
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Illumination Rounds
David Lang
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