Music

96 Tears

Composed by: Phil Kline (b.1953)

Phil Kline's 1996 imitation of 17th Century viol consort music produces long tones and unexpected harmonies, slowly developing and then slowly unravelling over the course of twelve minutes. The... listen »

Armour Square Vespers & Ill Tempered Lancaran

Composed by: Nathaniel Braddock (b.1971)

Composed in 2004, these two pieces reference directly and indirectly, traditional Indonesian music. The prelude, "Armour Square Vespers," is wash of microtonal chords drawn from the Javan... listen »

Domino Figures

Composed by: Wayne Siegel (b.1953)

Written for 10-100 classical guitars, Wayne Siegel's "Domino Figures" (1979) is a transcendent experience unlike no other. With a sound similar to that of a buzzing swarm of bees, ove... listen »

East L.A. Phase

Composed by: Wayne Siegel (b.1953)

In Wayne Siegel's "East L.A. Phase" (1975), the four classical guitar parts are expanded to eight electric guitars. Where the original is an interwoven nylon tapestry, the ostinato li... listen »

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 »

G-String Fetish

Composed by: Peter Yates (b.1953)

It's all in the title. Peter Yates' "G-string Fetish" (2003) is a spasmodic frenzy of notes that slowly unravels onto the guitar's open G-string. The piece employs aleato... listen »

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 »

Imagined Overtures

Composed by: Frank J. Oteri (b.1964)

We add a drummer to perform Frank J. Oteri's 2005 microtonal rock suite. The original is for two guitars, bass, and drums. With the added power of the octet, we are able to bring a new heavines... 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 »

La Porta, Canzone

Composed by: Giovanni Domenico Rognoni Taeggio (d.1626)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

Saint Ignatius of Antioch (c.35-110) had a vision of angels singing in alternate choirs and adapted the mirror structure of Hebrew psalms into Christian worship. The practice of polychoral ant... listen »