On the 40th anniversary of the release of Brian Eno’s electronic ambient masterpiece Discreet Music, Toronto’s classical Contact ensemble, led by artistic director and percussionist Jerry Pergolesi, weighs in with a modern arrangement that harks back to the adventurous experimentalism of the original.
In Contact’s version, acoustic and electric instruments (cello, violin, soprano saxophone, guitar, double bass, vibraphone, piano, flute and gongs) take the place of Eno’s EMS synthesizer, channeling the underlying melodies of the piece until the ensemble itself becomes a kind of “looping apparatus,” as Pergolesi describes it. “My hope is that this recording pays homage to an influential piece of music and fulfills its own purpose as, in Eno’s words, ‘not something intrinsic to certain arrangements of things – to [a] certain way of organizing sounds – but actually a process of apprehending that we, as listeners, could choose to conduct. Music is something your mind does.'”
Listen to an excerpt of Discreet Music Part 1:
1. 3rds, 4ths & 5ths
2. Gossamer Bit (Ives Hymn)
3. In Memoriam Robert Ashley
4. D.I.Y. Fly
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We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.
Listen to an excerpt of 3rds, 4ths & 5ths:
1. Simulacrum (2010) 7:28
2. Temporal Waves (2001)7:43
3. Grace (2009) 6:35
4. Stones Under Water (2008) 5:47
5. Undercurrents (2008) 7:42
6. Ostinati (2009) 7:31
7. Stasis (2007) 11:57
Jordan Nobles, composer
Known for creating music filled with an “unearthly beauty” (Mondomagazine) that makes listeners want to “close (their) eyes and transcend into a cloud of music” Discorder Magazine), Jordan Nobles has emerged as one of Canada’s finest composers. Jordan writes music that envelops the listener in sound. His multiple awards and commissions have led to more than seventy-five new works. From solo pieces to works for choirs and symphony orchestras, musicians from around the world have embraced his music. He is a member of the Canadian League of Composers and an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre. He lives in North Vancouver, BC, with his wife and muse, Kelly, and their son Julian.
This CD was made possible through generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Listen to an excerpt of Stasis: