In Fall 2016, Infrequent Seams will release James Ilgenfritz’s new CD, featuring four new works for solo contrabass by some of Downtown New York’s most innovative and revolutionary composers.
Each composer is renowned both as a composer and as a performer, and their diverse backgrounds inform their compositions. These works all also rely heavily on Ilgenfritz’s distinctive technical vocabulary as an improviser and pedagogue of extended techniques. Each work takes advantage of these techniques in a different way:
Composer Annie Gosfield’s “Rolling Sevens And Dreaming Elevens” uses the contrabass as a sampler, with James Ilgenfritz’ distinctive techniques transcribed and recombined in a detailed score that makes extensive use of the 7th and 11th partials of the strings.
Elliott Sharp’s “Aletheia” sets up a strict series of combinations of various types of bow – from the standard bass bow to metal springs, and bows made from ball chains. The scordatura tuning emphasizes the harmonic spectrum of a fundamental low D, with a chorus of upper partials created by the various pairings of the different bows.
Industrial music innovator and film composer JG Thirlwell’s “Xigliox” explores a constantly evolving array of sonorities based on double-stops and melodic phrases, integrating interpretive freedoms with structured improvisation and intricate polyrhythms
Miya Masaoka’s “Four Moons Of Pluto” uses a scordatura tuning derived from Just Intonation. The entire 17-minute work is performed with sustained harmonics, creating sonorous diads in Just ratios, from simple 5/4 ratios to the rich, rhythmic beating of microtonal ratios like 21/20.
These works will all be recorded during the month of June 2016, with direct involvement of each composer in the recording process. The CD will be released in October 2016 on the rapidly-expanding Infrequent Seams label, with distribution throughout the US and Europe, and other international markets, available on CD and all digital formats.