donderdag 29 september 2011

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Recording week

Amstel Quartet recording week, Amstel Tracks II

After the success of Amstel Tracks I early 2000 we decided to make another one for 2012, our 15th anniversary. Works that we and our audience feel very strongly about. And preferably  written for or aaranged by us. With works by Brahms, Bach, Lago, Nyman, Mozart, Rivier and many others.

We are recording this album this week. And it's going well. But it's hard work. Tomorrow is the last day, just 15 more minutes to go: Barber Adagio and two more Nyman String Quartet movements.

It's hard work, that's one. Apparantly I forgot one thing about recording, although I recorded about 9 albums so far.

Reeds: I need more than 4 recording reeds. My last one crashed today earlier, I needed to open a new box and I recorded one piece on that reed. I hope it still works for the Barber tomorrow, for which I will need a good sound and a flexible reed.

We all have a good feeling about this recording though. The sound that Azazello made is great. Quite direct, compared to our former albums. We never recorded in the Doopsgezinde Kerk in Haarlem before, and it's very good. Apparantly this church was the standard for classical recordings some decades ago. We rediscovered it.

Next week, another week of Amstel Quartet and Dominee Gremdaat!

donderdag 22 september 2011

Ian Wilson - Dog and Gun

For saxophone and tape delay (originally for saxophone and multi track looper)

Ian Wilson - Dog and Gun

Composer Ian Wilson about Ties' Dutch premier performance of 'Dog and Gun' for sax and electronics:
"This is really beautiful – a totally different take on the music which I completely enjoyed! Well done, very cool!"

woensdag 21 september 2011

Maarten Ornstein's Leap Frog

Recorded at the Leiden Hofjesconcerten 2011

Maarten Ornstein's Leap Frog

For saxophone and electronics (different guitar effects)