Sand is a Fields composition for 20 instrumentalists, three singers, and conductor. It combines three areas in which he has often worked: modularity, manipulation of text, and integration of composition and improvisation.
Like Fields’ previous modular works, Sand is constructed of units whose interrelationships vary from weak to strong. In performance a conductor spontaneously selects, combines, sequences, and layers modules. Sand also includes improvisational elements within structures and “organic cues,” in which characteristics of a musician’s natural
performance, such as the duration of a single slow stroke of a bow or a single breath determines the timing of cues to other instrumentalists.
Sand, as with Fields’ most recent modular works, is constructed of a small number of melodies, phasing patterns, long tones, and organic cue sets that are fragmented according to a simple mathematical formula. The lyrics for the singers consist of short stories that Fields has written. Like the instrumental parts, the lyrics are fragmented into modules.
released April 7, 2023
violin — Axel Lindner
violin — Carolin Pook
viola — Annegret Mayer-Lindenberg
cello — Katharina Hoffmann
cello — Scott Roller
contrabass — Jonas Gerigk
contrabass — Miles Perkin
electric guitar — Tal Botvinik
electric guitar — Sergio Sorrentino
electric guitar — David Stackenäs
flute — Daniel Agi
flute — Norbert Rodenkirchen
clarinet — Frank Gratkowski
alto saxophone — Salim Javaid
tenor saxophone — Matthias Schubert
trumpet — Udo Moll
trombone — Matthias Muche
tuba — Melvyn Poore
percussion — Shiau-Shiuan Hung
percussion — Arturo Portugal
voice — Tamara Lukasheva
voice — Hanna Schörken
voice — Sophie Tassignon
conductor — Scott Fields
Recorded live at the Alte Feuerwache, Cologne, Germany, 20 February 2022.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Reinhard Kobialka of Topaz Studios.
Cover photo: Reuben Radding
Funding was provided by Kunststiftung NRW and the Nordrhein-Westfalen Auf Geht’s program with logistical support from ON–Neue Musik Köln. Thank you to Csaba Kézér from Kunststiftung NRW, to ON–Neue Musik Köln, to Reinhard Kobialka from Topaz Studios, to Elliott Sharp for post-production advice and support, and to Kevin Reilly from Relative Pitch. A special thank you to the 23 musicians who realized this music.
A very interesting album. At a few places I keep asking myself: Was this composed by Arnold Schönberg (or his disciples)? Anyway, I'm all for skilled musicians exploring the boundary (if one exists) between jazz and classical. Thumbs up! jyrki63