Avenue A Ensemble | Rocking Horses

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Rocking Horses

by Avenue A Ensemble

The Avenue A Ensemble juxtaposes the traditions of classical art music with the sonic possibilities of a contemporary ensemble. Homage is paid to the sounds of other musical genres including film, theatre and jazz.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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3. Schumann in Three Pieces: Ash On the Ground
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4. Schumann in Three Pieces: Love in a Life
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5. Schumann in Three Pieces: Night Phantoms & Rocking Horses
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Avenue A Ensemble is a UK-based group dedicated to the performance, composition and commissioning of new music and performance pieces. Formed in 1999 by artistic director Tim Adnitt and conductor Anthony Weeden, the ensemble has performed to critical acclaim across the UK.

Much of its dynamic repertoire has been exclusively written by some of the UK's most interesting and innovative composers. The ensemble’s programs appeal to a wide variety of musical sensibilities including contemporary classical, film, theatre and jazz.

Visual elements form an integral part of the Avenue A Ensemble's live performances through the creative use of staging and lighting, and through collaborations with dancers, physical theatre artists, mime artists and filmmakers.


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Paul R. Sweeney

Rocking Horses
This is a very cool album. It's sort of a modern classical take on jazz. If you like either style you'll love this.

Chrisr at CD Baby


If Bela Bartok scored a film-noir soundtrack to be performed by the Count Basie Orchestra you’d end up with one jarring, syncopated, but swinging cluster of sound. This is exactly the kind of unique fusion (in the best sense of the word) that Avenue A Ensemble has cooked up for us on their latest exploration of new “sonic possibilities.” It is a tense and suspenseful listen while the UK-based group simultaneously invokes the spirit of angular, 20th-century Minimalism AND the lush, melodramatic tendencies of Hollywood’s Golden Age movie music. You’re never quite sure if you should be sitting in a concert hall, a smoky jazz club, or staring at the silver screen. In this modern world where most music simply serves as wallpaper, an album like ‘Rocking Horses’ that leaves you questioning the ground you stand on is a very good thing.