Music

Río de Porciúncula

Composed by: Felix Salazar (b.1978)

Written in 2012 for eight trombones (Los Angeles Trombone Collective) and eight electric guitars (Los Angeles Electric 8), "Río de Porciúncula" is inspired by the once abund... read more »

Neuron Speak

Composed by: Derrick Spiva Jr.

Neuron Speak (2012) is a musical representation of the communication between neurons on the individual neuron level, on the body/mind level, and on the collective consciousness level. This met... read more »

The Perilous Chapel

Composed by: Lou Harrison (1917-2003)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

Lou Harrison’s The Perilous Chapel (1948) – an accompaniment for a dance production written for harp, cello, and flute – was described by choreographer Jean Erdman as “a psy... read more »

Gending

Composed by: Lou Harrison (1917-2003)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

“Gending” is taken from the suite Varied Trio for violin, piano, and percussion (1987). It is the product of Lou Harrison’s impassioned study of Javanese compositional form. While... read more »

Electric Counterpoint

Composed by: Steve Reich (b.1936)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint (1987) is one of the foremost pieces written for electric guitar ensemble. Although the original requires thirteen parts (11 guitars and 2 basses),... listen »

Romance

Composed by: Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

With a body of piano work that spans 43 years, "Romance" (1949) is the earliest surviving piece by Toru Takemitsu. Unknown and unheard during his lifetime, it prefaces what would become T... listen »

Implosion

Composed by: Mantle Hood (1918-2005)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

Mantle Hood was a renowned ethnomusicologist who studied most of the great musical traditions of the world. Before turning his life's work to pioneering ethnomusicology, Hood studied compositio... listen »

The Fog

Composed by: Jonathan Guillen (b.1979)

Written for Los Angeles Electric 8, "The Fog" (2010) is a mysterious cloud through which phrases emerge and fade away. It employs aleatoric techniques, using random procedures in the gene... listen »

Warr Guitar Counterpoint

Composed by: Kai Kurosawa (b.1979)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

Written in 2000, Kai Kurosawa’s “Warr Guitar Counterpoint” is a short piece inspired by Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint. Purchase "Warr Guitar Counterpoint... listen »

Octet, Op. 11

Composed by: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert (2007); Felix Salazar (2010)

We'll never know if Dmitri Shostakovich would have written for electric guitar, but this arrangement of his 1924 double string quartet makes you wonder if he would have found voice for his earl... listen »