Continuum-flute, clarinet, piano, cello, violin, soprano
Fervently committed to preserving his musical heritage, as a young man Roberto Sierra (b.1953) began to assimilate elements of the folklore and popular music of the Caribbean. His evocation of that musical culture is always free and imaginative. His music shares the multi-layered qualities that characterize two composers who are dear to his heart, his former teacher Ligeti and the American genius of the player-piano, Conlon Nancarrow. The melodic layers are frequently differentiated temporally, with each layer moving at a different speed. Such an approach to time gives his music depth and a fascinating compositional organization. In recent years, the Afro-Caribbean component of his music has often been more stylized, and has blended into his general language. While many pieces are extraordinarily complex, Sierra's superb instincts and deep musicality assures his performers that the gigantic task of learning his music will be rewarded by an old-fashioned sensuous, sonic pleasure that reaches out to grasp the audience. This CD gives a picture of the breadth of his recent chamber music.
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New Albion Records, Inc.