Hans Tammen's Third Eye Orchestra Released on Innova


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In 2006 thirteen of the most virtuosic New York instrumentalists to ever elude labels or boundaries came together at Roulette for an evening length performance to perform Hans Tammen's THIRD EYE ORCHESTRA. Not your usual “orchestra”, this musical vision takes the form of structured spontaneity cued live by the composer.

In this concept, composer Hans Tammen works with a score that is rearranged every time the piece is performed. Given the multiple results which issue from a single “composition" conducted (and so, created) twice through by Tammen on the same night, this album's two versions, “Antecedent" and “Consequent" demonstrate how compositional and interpretive processes can work together to everyone's benefit. You don’t even need to know the idea behind it in order to enjoy the astonishing array of emotional leaps.

Recipe: Take the single point of view of a composer-conductor, add in the multiple perspectives of a baker's dozen top-flight instrumental improvisers, and come up with sound that can boast both enough rigor of form and flights of fancy to satisfy all involved.

Mari Kimura (vio),
Mark Feldman (vio),
Stephanie Griffin (vla),
Tomas Ulrich (cel),
Briggan Krauss (as, bari),
Marty Ehrlich (bcl, as, fl),
Robert Dick (fl, cbfl),
Detlef Landeck (tb),
Dafna Naphtali (voice, live sound processing),
Ursel Schlicht (p/kb),
Denman Maroney (p/kb),
Stomu Takeishi (b),
Satoshi Takeishi (perc),
Hans Tammen - concept, realtime arrangement

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