In their debut release, the Conor and Ayano Duo explores repertoire for flute and percussion that takes its inspiration from various folkloric, world music, and vernacular styles.
On a Full Moon NightNaoko Hishinuma (b. 1970)
|03||I. On a Full Moon Night|
I. On a Full Moon Night
|04||II. Moon Light|
II. Moon Light
|05||III. An Evening Party|
III. An Evening Party
|06||Hot Water Burn Baby|
Hot Water Burn Baby
Kembang SulingGareth Farr (b. 1968)
|09||III. South India|
III. South India
In their debut release, the Conor and Ayano Duo explores repertoire for flute and percussion that takes its inspiration from various folkloric, world music, and vernacular styles. The works on the cd exist on a continuum, some borrowing elements from other styles to integrate into traditional concert music structures, others striving to inhabit the musical culture from which they borrow. The recording features several premieres, including works written for the ensemble.
Recorded July 28-31, 2009 in Bezanzon Recital Hall, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Engineered, Edited, and Mastered by Mateuz Zechowski
Produced by Conor Nelson and Ayano Katoaka
Liner Notes by Daniel Lippel and Conor Nelson
Design by Aestheticize Media
Artwork by Angie Piehl
Personnel: Conor Nelson, flute and Ayano Katoaka, percussion
Canadian flutist Conor Nelson gave his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hallʼs Weill Recital Hall and has appeared frequently as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. Solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other orchestras. Recent highlights include two recitals in London, England, performances at Carnegie Hallʼs Zankel Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and a recital at the Tokyo Opera City Hall that received numerous broadcasts on NHK Television. Dr. Nelson is currently the Assistant Professor of Flute at Bowling Green State University.
"The Conor and Ayano Duo present a vibrant, intricate release with pop sensibilities, delicate timbres and extended techniques.The flute and keyboard percussion duets explore folk and world music. Dennis Desantis's Breaking Training has very approachable melodies in the flute on top of simple, repetitive chords in the marimba. Moments of excitement see the flute climbing away from the marimba into its higher register and smaller subdivisions. Chan Ka Nin's Piao uses tender multiphonics in the flute, pedaled vibraphone chords for arrivals, and varied sticking techniques for marimba. The pentatonic harmonies dissolve into new areas as the flute swirls and bends and the marimba arpeggiates. Roshanne Etezady's Hot Water Burn Baby is highly syncopated. The marimba puches out key notes in the fluid flute part. The later portion, however, is pensive and slow. Rolls and long-tones conclude the piece."
American Record Guide, Jan/Feb 2011