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for your GRAMMY® consideration*
*Best Classical Composition: “I Can Hear Her Through the Thin Wall Singing”
*Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble: “Electric Bands”
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“…continues the American Maverick tradition in classical music…ambitious and challenging, but engagingly so, casting 20th and 21st century music, almost as a whole, through a prism—fascinating but with feeling and subtle humor.”
“This is all a new vision of contemporary classical music, pushing into new territory while holding on to familiar styles. Intriguing, stunning and so beautiful. Such a hopeful work.”
“A Texas guitar whiz with the chops to bang his sounds out to all fields across the entire music spectrum.”
ABOUT THE ALBUM
D. J. Sparr not only lives on the mystical high plains of the Wild West (Lubbock to be precise), he also embodies an unconfined nature when it comes to making music. As comfortable playing a guitar concerto with a major orchestra as he is employing Tibetan singing bowls and banjos for a film score, his ears are as open as his horizons are wide.
Electric Bands brings together four of his works for electronically-improved chamber ensembles; a format that allows for moments of magical realism. You might detect traces of layered Nancarrow-type rhythms deftly executed with guitar pedals or you might not; either way, Sparr’s effortless combination of composer-thinking and guitarist mind make his music as satisfying for the head as for the heart.
Featuring: Kristina Bachrach, Hajnal Kármán Pivnick, Brianna Matzke, Momenta Quartet, Karen Strittmatter Galvin, Shawn Galvin, Kimberly Sparr, Jake Wenger, & Mark Morton.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
D. J. Sparr, who Gramophone recently hailed as “exemplary,” is one of America’s preeminent composer-performers. He has caught the attention of critics with his eclectic style, described as “pop-Romantic … iridescent and wondrous” (The Mercury News) and “suits the boundary erasing spirit of today’s new-music world” (New York Times). The Los Angeles Times praises him as “an excellent soloist,” and the Santa Cruz Sentinel says that he “wowed an enthusiastic audience … Sparr’s guitar sang in a near-human voice.”
In 2011, NPR named Sparr one of their Music listeners’ “favorite composers under 40.” Sparr has composed for and performed with renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony, Cabrillo Festival, New World Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Eighth Blackbird. His music has received awards from BMI, New Music USA, and the League of Composers/ISCM. Sparr is a faculty member at the famed Walden School’s Creative Musicians Retreat in Dublin, New Hampshire. He performed an electric guitar concerto, Glacier, on composer Kenneth Fuchs’ GRAMMY® award-winning album with the London Symphony under JoAnn Falletta recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 2017. Glacier is the first electric guitar concerto to be part of a GRAMMY® award-winning project. He lives in the mystical high plains of the Wild West with his wife Kimberly, son Harris, Nannette the hound dog, and Bundini the boxer puppy. D. J. Sparr’s music is published by Bill Holab Music.
Soprano Kristina Bachrach is emerging as a young artist confident in an extensive range of styles and languages. In 2018, she joins New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera as the principal soprano characters in Taggart’s Swan’s Inlet and Pascal Dusapin’s To Be Sung. Her 2017 operatic appearances included Musetta in MassOpera’s production of La femme bohème, an all-female take on Puccini’s evergreen masterpiece; her American Lyric Theater debut presenting the initial hearings of works by Shuying Li and Andy Teirstein; and Susanna in Bare Opera’s two-hour Mozart / Rossini pastiche Figaro / Figaro! She also appeared in concert with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn performing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. A frequent and beloved guest artist with the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS), she appears with them on a variety of French mélodie and American concert programs throughout the season. In fall 2018, Ms. Bachrach made her off-Broadway debut with Ensemble for the Romantic Century in their original work Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson.
In recent seasons, Ms. Bachrach has become increasingly in demand for fulfilling prestigious artist residencies. During the summer of 2019, she returns for a third consecutive season to North America’s most prestigious chamber music retreat, the Marlboro Music Festival.
Equally adventurous as an operatic artist, Ms. Bachrach has appeared wih Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Naples, Opera Philadelphia, and New York’s Bare Opera. Ms. Bachrach has fulfilled residencies with Nashville Opera, where she appeared as Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Lyric Opera of Virginia, where she returned to perform Musetta in La Bohème. She created the role of Lucinda in Dark Sisters by Nico Muhly.
Ms. Bachrach holds degrees from Mannes College and the University of Illinois. She is a top prize winner with the Ziering-Conlon Art Song Competition, American Prize Competition, and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.
ELECTRIC BANDS features a cast of outstanding performers including Kristina Bachrach, Hajnal Kármán Pivnick, Brianna Matzke, Momenta Quartet, Karen Strittmatter Galvin, Shawn Galvin, Kimberly Sparr, Jake Wenger, & Mark Morton.