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This highly anticipated work is Mr. Werner's fourth for Half Note. It is an orchestral workclassical and jazzdedicated to the memory of his 16 year-old daughter Katheryn, who died unexpectedly in 2006. Werner calls it the most important music I will ever write."
The title track consists of five-movements written for a 40-piece orchestra and earned Mr. Werner a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Also featured is a 40 member vocal choir, a string quartet, and an improvised piece, named Coda, highlighting Mr. Werner on piano. The album's featured soloists are saxophonist Joe Lovano, lauded in Downbeat's Critics Poll this year, and singer Judi Silvano.
A host of Mr. Werner's peers have called No Beginning No End a masterwork. Among them, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Gil Goldstein, Randy Brecker and Maria Schneider.
Jeff Levenson, Half Note's Executive Vice President and album producer, says, This music comes from a place both deep and personal and it signifies a milestone in Kenny's artistic development. For years he's been recognized as a singular talent whose advanced teachings and pianism have enriched the lives of many. Now he takes a giant creative leap offering us a composition of major proportions."