Jack Vees, pianos, electric bass, electronic tape, twelve-string electric guitar, drum machine; Jeff Krieger, electric cello and sequencer; Tony Forkush, narrator; Dorian Ringers: Cammi Carteng, Jan Dudiet, JoAn Kerns, Monica McGowan, handbells; Bill Matthis, conductor; Libby Van Cleve, oboe electrified
Jack [Vees] once amusedly pointed out to me a publicity blurb in which he was described as a “rock based composer.” I suggested that if it had said “New Haven rock based,” one would have to conjecture which Rock -- East or West.
Now those unfamiliar with the topography of New Haven, Connecticut, should know that the city is bounded on two sides by prominent escarpments called East Rock and West Rock. East Rock is the more famous and has a prominent War Memorial crowning it; West Rock, however, does have Judges Cave, where three famous seventeenth century regicides, Whalley, Goffe, and Dixwell, hid out from the authorities. From East Rock one can see the whole of New Haven, across the sound to Long Island itself, and, maybe, on a very clear day, even to New York City. As a composer, Jack is an East Rock guy; he has a far- reaching view. Sure, he’s rock-based in a way—after all, he has had a career as a bass guitarist and, like many composers of his generation, is comfortable in the vernacular idioms. His use of electric bass and guitar, synthesizers, and drum machines all point to this. But Jack’s vision stretches way beyond genre and style, a view from his compositional perch, which is pretty far reaching. There are influences and allusions from all over (Stravinsky, Varèse, Andriessen, Bach, Hendrix, Zappa, to name a few), but this is not to say that he is eclectic or derivative; he has sharply etched his own style...
— Ingram Marshall
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