Fluence is a two-track EP by Alexander Harker. Harker negotiates the terrains of acoustic and synthesized sound with a rare dexterity, conjuring highly variegated work that feels as if it could turn in any direction at any moment.
In Fluence, Alexander Harker negotiates the terrains of acoustic and synthesized sound with a rare dexterity, conjuring highly variegated work that feels as if it could turn in any direction at any moment. This release is a celebration of a young composer confidently speaking in a language of his own devising.
Fluence (for clarinet and MaxMSP, 2010) was commissioned by Ergodos for clarinetist Jonathan Sage with funds provided by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, and premiered at the Ergodos Festival MMX. Sage performs here, rendering Harker’s rapidly shifting filigrees and delicately textured open spaces with great virtuosity.
Fractures (2011), a fixed media piece based on recordings of Harker’s electric guitar playing, deftly manipulates such familiar timbres to phantasmal effect. Spectral suggestions of a fragment of a My Bloody Valentine song or a John McLaughlin guitar solo dissolve as rapidly as they coalesce.
Appearing together for the first time in many years, fiddle duo Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke performed Dublin's Unitarian Church in June 2011. This is a record of that concert – a document of two of Ireland's finest traditional musicians re-visiting and evolving a shared, highly personal language.'A distilled delight' – The Irish Times
A captivating release by one of England’s finest young musicians, combining three different approaches to counterpoint, an elemental musical technique running through centuries of music.In every track Jonathan's playing is excellent [...] I found myself listening to [Another Country by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly] time after time. Excellent! – Kenneth Morris, Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine.
"Immediately obvious in Kevin Volans’s hypnotic new chamber compendium is the conflicting tug and tumult of deep, dislocating emotional currents.... Performances by long-time Volans collaborators Waldo Alexander (violin/viola) and Jill Richards (piano) are beautifully modulated and full of glistening details. Excellent recorded sound." – Michael Quinn, classicalear.co.uk"...a composer who is too flexible to be locked into expectations..." – The Wire, December 2015