“Isolation Loop” is an original creation made with loops broken down from H.I.F. Biber’s Passacaglia for solo violin from his Rosary Sonatas of 1676. The viola and violins blend with a driving soundscape of synthesis and drums to create a haunting texture at home in any era.
Wallin-Huff’s brooding The Dark Glass Sinfonia is as mysterious as its title, the composer here melding atonality with modal harmony in a dramatic tone poem that recalls at certain moments Bartok and Shostakovich… The quality level is high throughout [the album], but the release earns its recommendation for the pieces by Alabaca, Wallin-Huff, and Vassdal in particular. Of all the album’s settings, one imagines these three would most stop an audience in its collective tracks upon encountering them in a concert set-list.
Inspired by the pandemic quarantine of 2020, this improvised work is an expression of relentless hope unleashed upon the world. On a day of feeling “cooped up” I was simply inspired to create this electronic backdrop of voices and texture, and the next day I pulled out my fiddle and enjoyed freely jamming around to this track.
What with the news of Bandcamp’s efforts to support artists during this pandemic, I suddenly realized that I never did explicitly explain what it means to be a Backstage Supporter on Bandcamp. *oops!*
So here are details: For the cost of only one CD you can receive all of my work throughout the year, ahead of everybody else, and take advantage of subscriber-only music! On top of that, you’ll be supporting local musicians and the quality of my craft in a way that you can hear.
There are three levels of Supporter you can choose from:
Gold Level: $30
Diamond Level: $75
All new releases, the back-catalog items listed, any material I release as backstage-only, and access to my fan community (backstage-only messages and photos).
All that’s included in Basic, plus: I’ll not only list your name in the album notes as a sponsor for all new releases you are a part of, but I’ll also send you an autographed copy of the newest albums you support for free!
All that’s included in Basic and Gold, plus: I’ll send you an autographed copy of one major score of the music featured in the latest album releases you support.
Learn more about what it’s like to make music happen in our day and age in the video below, and consider becoming a Supporter if you can!
Bandcamp is forgoing its share of sales for 24 hours to support indie artists!
If you’re lucky enough to be in a position to spare some funds, please consider sharing your good fortune by buying music directly from artists on Bandcamp.
This Friday, March 20th from midnight to midnight Pacific time, Bandcamp’s share of sales will go to the artists you choose to support, and as always, it will reach them in 24-48 hours.
You can also send your favorite music to a friend (there’s a “send as gift” option below every item on an album page and in your collection), or give them a Bandcamp gift card and let them make their own selections.