Ensemble Intercontemporain, Arturo Tamayo, Conductor; Igor Kipnis, harpsichord; Jay Gottlieb, piano; Alexandra Ivanoff, soprano; Patrick Mason, baritone; Gordon Gottlieb, percussion; David Starobin, mandolin, guitar; Franco Renzulli, piano; Robert Phillips, piano; Brooklyn College Percussion Ensemble, Barbara Kolb, Conductor
Like many contemporary artists, Barbara Kolb might superficially be described as an eclectic: her music has combined, cheek by jowl, tonal, atonal, serial, chance, and electronic elements. Yet such is the force of Kolb’s creative personality that she manages to unify and transcend these divergent elements. She has, as they say, a “profile” and her music never devolves into mere pastiche. Moreover, there is an abiding lyricism in her work which is rarely obscured, no matter how complicated her music syntax.
“Recognizing one’s own personality is probably the single most essential ingredient to the development of an artist and may very well take an entire lifetime to achieve,” Kolb has written. “The more an individual develops a consciousness of what he is, of himself, the more he’s able to transform what comes into him and integrate it into some substance or energy which is also creative.”
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).