Premiere Recording of ten new works composed for and dedicated to Oren Fader.
"On his new CD First Flight...Oren Fader serves up a nourishing feast of new music...Fader's skill, particularly his conductor-like understanding is palpable on every track. First flight navigates through a kaleidoscope of emotions, from the disjointed Homage to Braque by Eva Wiener, the schizophrenic Chimera by Brian Coughlin, to the heated catharsis of Pedro da Silva’s Rapsodie sun un theme d’Olivier Messiaen. The ultimate strength of this CD, however, is its form: the program has the consistency of one large 12 movement sonata, yet every piece shines with its own personality and intellectual gusto."
Oren Fader is highly regarded as a performer of classical and electric guitar repertoire, both solo and chamber, traditional and contemporary. Reviewing his solo New York City recital, Guitar Review magazine stated: “His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly evident and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling”. Reviewing his latest CD, “First Flight”, Guitar Review noted “Oren Fader serves up a nourishing feast of new music…Fader’s skill, particularly his conductor-like understanding is palpable on every track.” In 2009 Mr. Fader received favorable reviews in the New York Times for three different concerts.
He has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New Jersey Symphony, David Del Puerto’s new concerto, “Zephyr”, with the New Paths in Music Ensemble, and the Vivaldi D Major, with the Manchester Music Festival.
Mr. Fader is much in demand as a New York City chamber musician. He has performed hundreds of concerts with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble (directed by James Levine), New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Absolute Ensemble, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Composers’ Orchestra, Argento Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Music from Japan, New Amsterdam Singers, New York Festival of Song, Da Capo Chamber Players, Festival Chamber Music, North Country Chamber Players, and Speculum Musicae. Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Bach Oregon Festival, Deer Valley Festival (Utah), Bard Music Festival, and Morelia, Mexico.
Mr. Fader is well known for his performance of contemporary music. As a member of the Award- winning new music ensembles Cygnus, and Fireworks, he has premiered over 200 solo and chamber works with guitar, including compositions by Babbitt, Wuorinen, Machover, Biscardi, Currier, Naito, and many others. He has worked closely with composers such as Babbitt, Boulez, Carter, Davidovsky and David Lang. Recent performance highlights include two seasons at the Tanglewood Music Festival, performing works of Carter, Davidovsky, and Chin, and tours with his chamber group Poetica Musica, performing in Turkey (Istanbul Festival), Azerbaijan, Gayana, Jordan and Tajikistan.
Mr. Fader can be heard on over 40 commercial recordings, in repertoire ranging from the 16th Century (Dowland) to the 21st (Carter). Recent solo releases include “First Flight”: Ten premiere solo guitar pieces written for Mr. Fader, and “Another’s Fandango”, featuring solo works from Bach to Bogdanovic, produced by Grammy Award winner Adam Abeshouse.
Other recent recording projects include two upcoming Fireworks Ensemble releases (“Cartoon” and “The Music of Frank Zappa”) , and new releases from featuring the music of Milton Babbitt, Frank Brickle, Elizabeth Hoffman, Sean Hickey, David Lang, and Mario Davidovsky. Mr. Fader is active in commercial film as well, recording the classical guitar parts for the film, “Everything Is Illuminated”, directed by Liev Schriber.
Mr. Fader received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his Master of Music (Performance) degree from Florida State University. His major teachers include David Starobin and Bruce Holzman. Since 1994 Mr. Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
First flight CD notes by Brian Coughlin
As our world becomes progressively smaller with the recent advances in the technology of communication, artistic exchange occurs at an ever-faster pace. For current musical composition, the result is the most richly eclectic mixture of techniques and influences in history. Nowhere is the cosmopolitan spirit stronger and more immediate than in New York City. As a result, this collection of new pieces for guitar (perhaps the most democratic and stylistically flexible of instruments) by New York composers contains the most extraordinary, colorful patchwork of music. There are as many different unique styles on this recording as there are pieces.
This incredible diversity offers limitless possibilities and endless refreshment for the listener, but it presents overwhelming challenges for today's performer. Oren Fader, one of the most capable and insightful interpreters of new music, meets this challenge with a subtlety and musical craftsmanship rarely found on any recording, traditional or new. The result is a document of the vast spectrum of today's music, a tour-de-force of technique and skill, and an exquisitely beautiful and eminently musical performance.
Notes by the composers:
Composer Gal Ziv has created a broad repertoire of new music works played in the US and abroad, and has written extensively for various media including film, dance, theater and video. The piece on this cd received a Praise award at the 2003 Corfu Guitar Festival Competition. "The Prince is a short piece incorporating two interwoven moods, alternating between the confident, swaggering walk of the prince through the city streets, and his feelings of vulnerability and reflection."
Jennifer Griffith has studied piano and composition in the U. S. and Paris. Her pocket opera Dream President was presented in New York City Opera's VOX 2004. She is a student of Pulitzer Prize winner David Del Tredici and of Tania León.
"These short pieces were initially inspired by some ceramic frog musicians that were plopped down on my piano one day. I liked the idea of writing a bestiary for guitar and added the Camel, and more recently Bug-eyed."
Marco Oppedisano (b. 1971), a native of Brooklyn, New York is a prolific composer, guitarist and producer. He has recording and performance experience in music ranging from rock/pop, jazz, hip hop, club/dance music, contemporary concert music, free improvisation, film music and musical theater. He holds a B.A in Music Composition from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, and a M.A in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. His composition teachers include Noah Creshevsky, Charles Dodge, Tania Leon, Thea Musgrave and Henry Weinberg.
William Anderson is a guitarist, composer, and director of the Cygnus Ensemble and the Composers Guild of New Jersey.
Scivias, "refers to Mr. Fader's interest in Taoist Tai Chi. Tao means, roughly "the way"; Scivias means "know the way", and was taken from a title of one of Hildegaard von Bingen's mystical works. "The way" of these little pieces is a way of hearing, and then the player's way of making things heard. The drama is all in these ways." (www.williamanderson.us)
Eva Wiener received her Masters in Composition from Brooklyn College. Originally trained as a pianist, she later studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas.
Homage to Braque, composed in 2002, is "a one-movement work, which concludes with a codetta. It is written in a free atonal style. The angularity of the melodic and harmonic materials evokes, for the composer, the Cubist style of Georges Braque."
(email@example.com, Eva Wiener, c/o BMI Classical, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019-3790)
Brian Coughlin lives in New York where he directs and plays bass in the new music ensemble Fireworks.
In Chimera, "two very simple themes are subject to a process of 'stylistic
development' in which they take a whirlwind tour of the guitar's
favorite musical environments. This process allows the melodies to change
their appearance drastically without ever losing their identity."
Shoko Suzuki grew up in Japan. She received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music Composition at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and was awarded the Debut Composer Prize by ISCM Japan.
Izumi 1 was written 1992 for Mr. Fader and completely revised in 2002. "The music is inspired by the Haiku of Izumi-Shikibu written in 12th century Japan. The first part of the Haiku suggests going from the darkness/suffering of life to the darkness of eternity. In the second half, the poet calls on the moon at the edge of the mountain to shine down on her." (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kristin Elizabeth Hevner was born in Philadelphia in 1979. A graduate of Temple University's Esther Boyer School of Music, Ms. Hevner is currently pursuing her doctorate in Composition at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her music has been part of the Wolpe Centennial Festival in New York City, and she is one of the directors of the "Look and Listen Festival", an organization that promotes new music in art galleries. Ms. Hevner's commission to write the first Italian Opera version of A Midsummer Night's Dream was performed in Italy in the summer of 2004.
Ben Jackle writes: "The title 'Against My Will No Leaf Will Fall' is a line from the poem "The Joy of Writing" by Wislawa Szymborska. In this poem Szymborska explores the possibilities and pitfalls of being the creator of an imaginary world that by necessity exists in a sometimes strained relationship with our experienced world."
Portuguese composer Pedro da Silva is currently completing his doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music. He studied composition with Nils Vigeland and Richard Danielpour, and classical guitar with Oren Fader. Pedro also plays nine other instruments in many styles.
Rapsodie sur un Thème d'Olivier Messiaen (2002) is based on the first four notes of the third movement of Messiaen's Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps: G-sharp G-natural A-sharp E. The whole piece is based on this motif which undergoes many mutations and 'travels' through France, Spain, Brazil, India and North-America." (www.pedrodasilva.com)
David Tobey (cover art) is an artist and sculptor. He writes, "My work explores the aesthetic between visual abstraction and music. As a professional musician for 30 years, music has given me a wealth of insight and inspiration, which I try to translate into visual art. Colors have their own inherent sounds. Shapes become harmony and rhythm becomes synonymous with line. My goal is to have the onlooker follow the linear and color arrangements like a piece of music unfolding." (http://www.davidtobey.com)
This CD is dedicated to David Starobin.
Special thanks to my teachers: David Starobin, Bruce Holzman, and Jeff Israel.
Additional thanks to Bill Anderson, Bradley Colten, Brian Coughlin, The Fader Family, Dr. William Fiedelman, Kevin Gallagher, and Thomas Humphrey.
Very special thanks to George Brunner, Todd Harris, and Marco Oppedisano.
All compositions written for and dedicated to Oren Fader
Produced, edited, and mastered by Marco Oppedisano
Engineered by Sham Sundra
Recorded August 4-5, 2003 The Baisley Powell Elebash Concert Hall, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Guitar: 1986 Thomas Humphrey Millennium
Artist photo by Christian-Miles StomsVik (http://cstomsvik.home.mindspring.com)
Program notes by Brian Coughlin
Cover painting: "Soundings" by David Tobey © 2003
CD design by Bettina Utz at Baby Blue
© 2004 Oren Fader