Ensemble Signal Earn High Praise For New Recording Of Steve Reich's "Music For 18 Musicians"
"Signal has made an extraordinary recording of Music for 18 Musicians. Fast moving, spot on and emotionally charged. Take a listen."
- Steve Reich
Making their harmonia mundi début, New York-based Ensemble Signal and music director Brad Lubman, "contemporary-classical dream team" (Time Out New York), perform Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76), a seminal work by a pioneering composer who changed the course of 20th Century music. The album, produced by the multi-talented Michael Riesman, long-standing Music Director of the Philip Glass Ensemble, and recorded at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center), is available May 12, 2015 and can be streamed through May 11 on WQXR as Q2 Music's Album of The Week.
Ensemble Signal performed Music for 18 Musicians at the 2014 avant-garde BIG EARS festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, bringing the audience to its feet, as Consequence of Sound reported, “It was a tremendous performance that yielded the loudest standing ovation of the weekend - 10 minutes, no less... Not a soul would argue against such credibility; an incredible conclusion for an incredible weekend.” Watch footage from the performance below:
Ensemble Signal performs "Bach: Revisited" on May 8 at Miller Theatre in New York, NY with fellow harmonia mundi artist Kristian Bezuidenhout. The Ensemble are at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles at the end of May for two nights performing Steve Reich's Three Tales - a three-act video opera (2002) created with visual artist Beryl Korot and the oratorio Shelter by Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon May 29th and May 31st respectively.
"Even if more recordings are released next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this work...none will likely be more sensational than this... Ensemble Signal joyously meld rhythmic precision and transparency of sound with a startling ability to shade colors."
- The New York Times
"What distinguishes this performance...is both a precision and a rare kind of subtlety...This music – mostly for wordless voices and percussion – is, to be sure, one of the great recent recordings of what the world once boldly called 'New Music'."
- 4 STARS, The Buffalo News