iv (pronounced “four”) is the fourth solo studio album by guitarist Giacomo Fiore. It includes four pieces by contemporary American composers:
until it blazes (2001) by Eve Beglarian
freeHorn (2004) by Larry Polansky (first recording)
another possibility (2005) by Christian Wolff (first U.S. recording)
hair of the thing that bit you (2011) by Anthony Porter (first recording)
The selections are representative of the broad range of styles and compositional techniques that are current in today’s American musical scene: mesemerizing post-minimalist motives in Beglarian’s piece; droning, modulating, just intonation soundscapes in Polansky’s freeHorn; indeterminate constellations in Wolff’s Another Possibility (a re-imaginging of the long-lost Morton Feldman piece The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar, written for Wolff in the 1960s); and whimsical, lyrical writing in Porter’s looping-based hair of the thing that bit you. As outlined above, three of these selections are first U.S. or world recordings.
These works also exemplify the versatility of the electric guitar medium—far from relying on idiomatic clichés, each of these works explores the timbral, contrapuntal, and expressive possibilities of this most American of musical instruments.
From a production standpoint the project is in its advanced stages: all tracking sessions and most of the editing have already been completed. Support from New Music USA would allow us to invest in professional mastering and replication services to endow the album with the kind of finishing touches that its music deserves.
Giacomo Fiore (guitarist, co-producer) is a performer and musicologist who specializes in new music; his research and repertoire are entertwined and focus on American music, just intonation, experimental instruments, and the cross-talk between experimental and popular musics. Giacomo has performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Brazil, premiering over a dozen pieces by composers such as Larry Polansky, Ron Nagorcka, Garry Eister, Edward Schocker, Fabrizio Carlone, Lanier Sammons, Fernanda Aoki Navarro, and others. His scholarly articles have been published in Tempo and the Journal of the Society for American Music. In June 2013 Giacomo received a Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Santa Cruz; currently he lectures at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California State University Monterey Bay, and UCSC.
Lanier Sammons (co-producer) is a composer, guitarist, recordist, and educator based in Santa Cruz, CA. Lanier’s music often explores ideas like audience interactivity, improvisation, the intersection of popular and classical musics, and the pairing of electronic and acoustic sound. His works have been featured at SEAMUS, the Spark Festival, the Jubilus Festival, and on EcoSono’s Agents Against Agency DVD release. As a performer, Lanier explores multiple genres on electric guitar, classical guitar, and other instruments including Shona marimbas. He has premiered works by Ted Coffey, Paul Turowski, and Conner Lacy and shared the stage with musicians like Fred Frith and Christian Wolff. Lanier holds a Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia. Lanier currently serves as lecturer at California State University, Monterey Bay, where he teaches courses on recording technology, composition, and a variety of other topics.