High Rise
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR855     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Xak Bjerken, piano


Why "High Rise?" I imagine many have spent an evening drinking with friends, trying to come up with an appropriate name for something. That evening for me produced such winners as "I Leave the Lid Up," "Does Not Play Well With Others" and the like. I certainly did not have a sexy theme, but I felt that the contrasting styles and nationalities (Tartar, French-Japanese, Puerto Rican, etc.) worked well side by side. The works do not complement each other in the conventional sense, but hold and engage us with their unique characters, and the image of the city high rise full of separate, bustling lives seemed good. This recording is a tribute to the vitality of the composer-performer interaction-one that has provided me with enormous regenerative energy in the last few years.
-Xak Bjerken


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).

Xak Bjerken

High Rise

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Track Listing

Statues: I. Partial Symmetries
Christopher Theofanidis
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Statues: II. Eros
Christopher Theofanidis
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Statues: III. Unstruck Sound
Christopher Theofanidis
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Statues: IV. Visigoth
Christopher Theofanidis
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Statues: V. Bard
Christopher Theofanidis
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Pound: I.
James Matheson
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Pound: II.
James Matheson
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Pound: III.
James Matheson
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Crystalline II
Karen Tanaka
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Piezas Imaginarias: First Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Second Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Third Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Fourth Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Fifth Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Sixth Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Seventh Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Eighth Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Ninth Piece
Roberto Sierra
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Piezas Imaginarias: Tenth Piece
Roberto Sierra
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One
Steven Burke
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Chaconne
Sofia Gubaidulina
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