Recorded in concert in Minnesota Public Radio's Studio M, FALLS FLYER, the latest release from The Schubert Club's Ten Thousand Lakes label, highlights the talents of The Klemp/Kachian Duo in a program of music by Minnesota composers. Five compositions: David Evan Thomas's Sonata, Cary John Franklin's FALLS FLYER, Kim Sherman's VISION, Randall Davidson's ANNIVERSARY SONATA, and Dan Kallman's RAG, BALLAD, AND CAKEWALK were commissioned by oboist Merilee Klemp and guitarist Christopher Kachian over a period of ten years from 1990 to 1999. The Thomas and Franklin works were commissioned with assistance by The Schubert Club.
The album's title, FALLS FLYER, refers to one of the sleekest motor boats ever created, an homage by boat builder Paul Larson to his friend and Little Falls native Charles Lindbergh, and a reference to Lindy's legendary solo flight across the Atlantic. Fiberglass Falls Flyers were made for a short time in the early 1950s and have become the equivalent of vintage Corvettes or Mustangs.
Merilee Klemp teaches at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She recently completed her D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. Guitarist Christopher Kachian teaches at the University of St. Thomas, where he directs the largest guitar program in the Midwest. He is the author of THE COMPOSER'S DESK REFERENCE FOR THE CLASSIC GUITAR.