David Brynjar Franzson - The Negotiation of Context | Wergo WER73132

David Brynjar Franzson - The Negotiation of Context


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Label: Wergo

Cat No: WER73132

Format: CD + DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 28th July 2014



'The Negotiation of Context' by the native Icelander David Brynjar Franzson is a set of three independent pieces. Each of the three pieces is assembled from various sounds and contexts on top of a topography of pre-existing programmes: the history of the instruments, the social dynamics of the performers and the means of presentation of the piece. The listener is presented with a series of materials that embody how performers play with or against each other.

Yarn/Wire is a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists. This instrumental combination allows the ensemble flexibility to slip effortlessly between classics of the repertoire and modern works that continue to forge new boundaries.

Founded in 2005, Yarn/Wire is admired for the energy and precision they bring to performances of today's most adventurous music. The results of their collaborative initiatives with genre-bending artists such as Two-Headed Calf, Pete Swanson and Tristan Perich, point towards the emergence of a new and lasting repertoire that is "spare and strange and very, very new" (Time Out NY).

David Brynjar Franzson is an Icelandic composer currently residing in New York. His works have been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble Surplus, Avanti!, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Aventure, Either Or, Yarn/Wire, Oslo Sinfonietta, Caput, Uusynta, Aasamisimasa , +/-, Red Fish Blue Fish and Inauthentica. He holds a doctorate degree from Stanford University where he worked with Brian Ferneyhough and Mark Applebaum as well as with Tristan Murail at Columbia University. He is a founding member of the Icelandic composer's collective s.l.a.t.u.r. and co-runs the record label Carrier records with Sam Pluta and Jeff Snyder.

- the Negotiation of Context (A) for piano and pump organ
- the Negotiation of Context (B) for two pianos and two bass drums
- the Negotiation of Context (C) for solo piano and assistant
CD extra: Performance video of the Negotiation of Context (B)

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