P.Q. Phan: Banana Trumpet Games
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR849     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Pamela Decker, organ; Julieta L. Mihai, violin; Leonardo G. Altino, cello; Kazuko Tanosaki, piano; E. Michael Richards, clarinet; William F. Brooks, Conductor; Nancy Ambrose King, oboe; Debra Richtmeyer, alto saxophone; Samaris Trio: (Sylvia Wang, piano; Brian Dumm, cello; Molly Fung, violin); Tanosaki-Richards Duo: (Kazuko Tanosaki, piano; E. Michael Richards, clarinet); University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble: (Joshua Manchester, percussion; Richard Kurasz, percussion; Teun Fetz, percussion; Stacey Bostwick, percussion; William Moersch)

The trajectory of P.Q. Phan as an American composer is both as complex and original as contemporary culture, and yet also classic in its tale of an immigrant’s adaptive dialogue between his original culture and that of his new home. Phan, born in 1962, grew up in Saigon, where his formal studies were in architecture. But he was drawn to, and undertook a course of, self-study in piano, theory, and composition. After the fall of Saigon, he and his family attempted to escape the Communist regime via boat, but were captured; Phan spent six months in prison as a result. “You learn a lot about life in a Vietnamese jail,” he now remarks.

In 1982 the family received official permission to emigrate, and arrived in the U.S. Phan began his musical studies in earnest in Los Angeles and Ann Arbor. He is now profess- sionally recognized and established, the winner of the Rome Prize and a professor at Indiana University. Despite what has been a turbulent life of extraordinary dislocation—physical, cultural, and professional—he exudes jovial good humor. There is a generosity in his speech which naturally spills over into his music.


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

Banana Trumpet Games
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Beyond The Mountains
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Rough-Trax
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Unexpected Desire
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My Language
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Rock Blood
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