I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Lawler + Fadoul’s Prelude Cocktail for I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. The CD features some truly wonderful playing by both Zara Lawler and Paul Fadoul. Here is a reprint of the review:
First published on I Care if You Listen.com on 2/19/2014
American flute and marimba duo Lawler + Fadoul have worked together for over ten years, and listeners will immediately sense their collaborative spirit from the moment they open the packaging of Prelude Cocktail, the duo’s debut CD devoted entirely to preludes. The stunning photography by Julie Lemberger creates an atmosphere that is welcoming and anything but pretentious. Flutist Zara Lawler and percussionist Paul Fadoul’s genuine love of making music together is felt before a single note is heard, and this sentiment sets an excellent precedent for the actual content of this CD.
I am excited to announce that I am now a contributing writer to I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, a magazine about new classical music, art, and technology. My first CD review, reprinted below, explores the works of composer Andrew May. Included on this CD are two pieces for flute and computer, both performed brilliantly by flutist Elizabeth McNutt.
First published on I Care if You Listen.com on 10/23/2013
Aptly named in an age of technology-induced isolation, Imaginary Friends (navona) explores the relationship between human performers and interactive computer systems. This is the first album entirely devoted to the works of Andrew May (b. 1968), Director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia and Associate Professor of Composition at the University of North Texas. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this collection is the craftsmanship and construction of each work. May brings the interactive component to the forefront allowing the computer systems to freely respond to the performer with a unique vocabulary in real time. This autonomy ensures that each performance will yield a different interaction between the computer system and the human performer.
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