Music



Butterflies in the Labyrinth of Silence

The Music of Georges Raillard

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On BUTTERFLIES IN THE LABYRINTH OF SILENCE, we hear the full spectrum of Raillard’s imagination. At times, the compositions feature gliding melodies that barely rise above a whisper, while other parts of the album are thunderous refrains that catapult from the speakers. Raillard utilizes various playing methods in his works, including fingerpicking, long ringing strums, single note melodies, and sustained pedal points.

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Sinking Islands by Georges Raillard

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Read Georges Raillard's notes on Sinking Islands here: betweentheechoes---notes

In an intensely personal musical display, Raillard’s melancholic Sinking Islands for solo guitar uses interconnecting minimalist figures to meditate on mortality


Deceptive Clarity by Ferdinando DeSena

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The versatile role of the guitar is presented in Deceptive Clarity, serving both as a melodic force equal to the flute, and as a reflective swath of jazz, Latin jazz, popular and classical guitar music from the twentieth century.


Covering by Mel Mobley

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Mel Mobley’s Covering combines the electric guitar, horn, and piano to create an integrated piece that bridges the gap between the contrasting forces of the guitar and horn, supported by the stability of the piano.

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Lowland by Pierre Schroeder

 Artwork:  Genevieve's Wave, 2014,  Inlaid Maps on panel 40 x 62 inches by  Matthew Cusick   © NAVONA RECORDS LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Artwork: Genevieve's Wave, 2014, Inlaid Maps on panel 40 x 62 inches by Matthew Cusick

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Lowland - It is an American desert evocation, with a guitar melody echoing on layers of strings in very slow motion. A marimba originates the notes that are then sustained in chords by the string orchestra, while the guitar's low notes outline a sustained cello melody, like a long shadow.



photo: Angela Ryan


"Adelita" by Francisco Tárrega on steel-string:


"Prelude" BWV 1007 by J.S. Bach:


TAT 1 - structured improvisation

This piece was written as a musical reaction to the Thematic Apperception Test, a projective psychological test designed to reveal a subject's underlying motives, perceptions, assumptions, and anxieties through a series of ambiguous images. The dramatic narratives produced by the subject based on the images paints a picture of the subject's inner world as well as the subject's relationship with the world at large with particular emphasis on social structures. 

Thematic Apperception Test, series d


Thy Hand, Belinda - recitative from Dido's Lament by Henry Purcell

This reimagining of Purcell's famous recitative and aria from Dido and Aeneas follows the score verbatim except the content is translated into a personal language. Chords are elaborated, melodies are fragmented, time is expanded. However, the free, narrative, open qualities of the traditional recitative are present: continuo is represented by a 9-piece string section for a harmonic cushion, a vibraphone for harmonic punctuation, a bass for a foundation. The guitar takes the part of a grieving and weary Dido, Queen of Carthage.