NOW AVAILABLE: Caitlin Sullivan's "A Page From"
A Page From is the new album from New York City-based cellist Caitlin Sullivan. The record is available exclusively through New Amsterdam’s Bandcamp subscription as part of the Windmill Series, a digitally-focused set of releases for subscribers in addition to our existing release schedule. Subscribe today to receive the album, which will be released on all other platforms on April 19th 2019.
A Page From features pieces by a diverse group of contemporary composers: Timo Andres, Paola Prestini, Gabriel Kahane, Nicholas Britell, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Andrew Norman and Mary Kouyoumdjian performed on cello by Caitlin Sullivan.
On the album, Sullivan gravitated toward compositions where literature, poetry, lyrics, and folklore was the source of inspiration: “The transformation of written words into instrumental music is wildly abstract and totally subjective, and I enjoy this unique look into a composer’s thought process; the results feel so particularly personal, playful, stylized and imaginative. In this collection of pieces, the cello has been transformed into the narrator, the hero, the plot summary, the play on words; a story’s questions, and its answers. The composers represented on this album are some of the most thoughtful and inventive practitioners of their craft. To me, their bodies of work feel particularly vital to contemporary music, and it’s been an honor for me to play their pieces for cello.” – Caitlin Sullivan
1. Timo Andres: Fast Flows the River
2. Paola Prestini: Ophelia
3. Gabriel Kahane: my grave shall be the fathomless air
4. Nicholas Britell: The Last Question
5. Sarah Kirkland Snider: The Reserved, The Reticent
6. Andrew Norman: confounded to decay from Sonnets
7. Mary Kouyoumdjian: The Revolt of the Stars
Caitlin Sullivan, cello
Timo Andres, Hammond B3 organ on Fast Flows the River
Vicky Chow, piano on confounded to decay from Sonnets
Producer: Caitlin Sullivan
Music Recorded by Dan Bora (tracks 1-6) and Ryan Kelly (track 7)
Mixed by Dan Bora
Mastering by Patricia Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Recorded at Reservoir Studios, New York City
Album Art by Brock Lefferts
Photo by Chris Owyoung
About Caitlin Sullivan
Cellist Caitlin Sullivan has designed a multi-dimensional career as a performer of both classical and contemporary music based in New York City. Sullivan is a member of Decoda, a dynamic chamber music collective that has been named the first-ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. With Decoda, she has performed with her colleagues in residencies throughout the US, the UK, Mexico, Japan, and Korea, and she was the creator of their multi-media chamber music performances Line and Expression and Musical Portraits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As a member of Brooklyn-based ensemble The Knights, known for it’s creative and unique concert programming, Sullivan has traveled extensively in the US and Europe, and is frequently their featured principal cellist.
Sullivan performs often in the cello section of the New York Philharmonic as a substitute player, and has appeared with other acclaimed ensembles such as IRIS Orchestra, A Far Cry, and Ensemble Signal. A frequent collaborator with her husband, film composer Nicholas Britell, her cello playing has been featured on several of his film scores including If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight.
About the pieces
"Ophelia" (Paola Prestini) for solo cello was written as a commissioned piece for the Klein String Competition in 2015, and depicts this tragic Shakespearean character lamenting from the grave. "confounded to decay"(Andrew Norman) comes from Sonnets, a collection of five short pieces for cello and piano, with each piece inspired by and titled after fragments of different Shakespearean sonnets. "Fast Flows The River" (Timo Andres) for cello and Hammond B3 organ is based on the setting for the anonymous folk song “Call John The Boatman.” The lyrics of the song describes a sailor who 'sleeps' more deeply the worse a storm buffets his boat. "The Reserved, The Reticent" (Sarah Kirkland Snider) for solo cello is inspired by the poem “As One Put Drunk Into the Packet-Boat” by American poet John Ashbery. This piece was the impetus for Caitlin Sullivan's research to find more cello works that embraced text as a musical point of a departure.
Sullivan commissioned three works for this album; "The Revolt Of The Stars"(Mary Kouyoumdjian) for solo cello and audio playback is inspired by the Armenian fable by the same name, in which the stars unite in an attempt to outshine the sun and the moon. The fable questions the effectiveness of ‘strength in numbers’ when a group that lacks strength in spirit rises up against those in positions of power. "my grave shall be the fathomless air" (Gabriel Kahane) for solo cello is a line from the short story The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges. The story depicts a universe made up of a vast, mysterious, infinite library whose citizens are searching to understand the meaning of their world. "The Last Question" (Nicholas Britell) for solo cello is inspired by Isaac Asimov’s short story of the same name. An initial idea – a question – is posed early on. Over an indeterminate period of time, different attempts are made at finding a solution. Until, at last, all becomes clear.
About the Windmill Series
The Windmill Series is a new digitally-focused set of releases made available to New Amsterdam subscribers in addition to our existing release schedule. After a subscription exclusivity period, Windmill Series releases are available digitally worldwide.
A Page From is the sixth album released in the Windmill Series, which was launched in June 2018.
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