Julian Bliss – Mackey: Asphalt Cocktail – Whitacre: October – Ticheli: Blue Shades (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 22:46 minutes | 223 MB | Genre: Classical
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During the first lock-down I decided to record some more multi-track pieces, but wanted to do something a little bit different. Over the last decade I’ve become increasingly more involved in the American band world, and have grown more familiar with the repertoire: if you were in a band at school you may already have performed these three pieces, or others by the composers.
These multi-clarinet versions were arranged with the fantastic percussionist Joby Burgess—we each recorded our parts at home before I edited our performances together. It has been a huge amount of fun to create, as well as a fascinating challenge for me to learn more about the production side of music.
It was great to hear from Julian a couple of months into the first national lockdown here in the UK, who introduced me to John Mackey’s riotous Asphalt cocktail. Having heard Julian’s brilliant recording of Steve Reich and Marc Mellits a few years back, I knew this project would be kick ass. I added the full arsenal, often in duplicate of percussion to the multi-tracked clarinets from my home studio. Working in isolation, although only just a few miles apart, this was a great way to undertake a new duo project in 2020. I hope you enjoy our vivid selection of re-imagined American band music.
1. Julian Bliss – Asphalt Cocktail (Arr, for Clarinet and Percussion)
2. Julian Bliss – October (Arr, for Clarinet and Percussion)
3. Julian Bliss – Blue Shades (Arr, for Clarinet and Percussion)