Smoke & Mirrors - Vanish (2013)

Dorman, Schissi, Toch, Tywoniuk, Vinao

Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

Smoke & Mirrors: Vanish

Smoke & Mirrors takes us on many different “trips” as we journey through this album.  These are refreshingly fully-developed works, each very different from the others, each with its own story. Yet as a whole, this selection of music illustrates the breadth of contemporary classical music written for percussionists, as well as the flexibility and virtuosity of Smoke & Mirrors. World class and sophisticated as this ensemble is, these musicians retain and communicate the sheer joy I experienced when banging pots and pans as a two- and three-year old. Do you remember your own pleasure making a racket as a kid? Smoke & Mirrors: Katalin La Favre, Jessica Cameron, Joe Beribak, Edward Hong and Derek Tywoniuk have never forgotten it.

We chose a single stereo AKG C24 microphone for these tracks. Jon Fisher from Gearworks Pro Audio loaned us these precious microphones. Elliot Midwood designed our microphone preamplification equipment and we recorded directly to RMGI 468 tape for what Yarlung releases as “The SonoruS Series.”  Mastering by Steve Hoffman. Bernie Grundman cut our lacquers for vinyl release.

We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD.  Our sincere thanks to George Klissarov and exaSound for making these releases possible. 
Bob Attiyeh, producer

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Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

The Smoke & Mirrors percussion ensemble was created in the fall of 2009.  The name, Smoke and Mirrors, reflects the aim of our group: to use the simple tools of rhythm, pitch, and timbre in a complex manner to create intensely effective experiences; and, in the process, expand the public’s literacy in the percussion repertoire.

While Smoke & Mirrors has champions the work of percussion masters such as John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Steve Reich, we also work with composers who are just beginning their careers.  Our debut album, Smoke & Mirrors Percussion Ensemble, features the signature piece of the group, Happenstance, written by ensemble member Derek Tywoniuk.  On our second album, Vanish, we worked with Argentinian composer Diego Schissi on the premiere recording of Juego de Relojes (Game of Clocks).  We have also premiered pieces by Kyle Werner and Joe Beribak.  On December 4, 2011 SME performed Toru Takemitsu’s masterpiece for percussion quintet and orchestra, From Me Flows What You Call Time, with The Colburn Orchestra and Gerard Schwarz.  We have performed with The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Trudl Zipper Dance Studio, the Colburn Contemporary Players, and the New West Symphony.  In 2013, Smoke and Mirrors Ensemble was part of a co-commission with Teage Ensemble in New York and Sonore Ensemble in Toronto for the percussion trio An Index of Possibility from New York Composer Robert Honstein.  We gave the West Coast premiere on March 10, 2013.

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Smoke & Mirrors - Vanish (2013)

Dorman, Schissi, Toch, Tywoniuk, Vinao

Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

    The Absolute Sound, November/2013

“Vanish is the engaging and highly innovative follow-up to Yarlung’s original and equally compelling Smoke & Mirrors release, presenting a wide tapestry of rhythms and harmonics skillfully arrayed across a broad and deep soundstage. There’s an immediacy, clarity, and transparency to this modern classical percussion recording that seemingly brings the performers to your living room.”

Jim Hannon, Publisher,

Smoke & Mirrors - Vanish (2013)

Dorman, Schissi, Toch, Tywoniuk, Vinao

Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

Digital Converters: Merging Hapi
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analog tape recorder circuitry designed for us by Len Horowitz. Mastering by Steve Hoffman. Bernie Grundman cut our lacquers for vinyl release.
We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD.  Our sincere thanks to George Klissarov and exaSound for making these releases possible. 

Bob Attiyeh, producer

Microphones:

We chose a single stereo AKG C24 microphone for these tracks. Jon Fisher from Gearworks Pro Audio loaned us these precious microphones. Elliot Midwood designed our microphone preamplification equipment and we recorded directly to RMGI 468 tape for what Yarlung releases as “The SonoruS Series.”    

Producer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording Engineer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD256

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Udacrep Akubrad
Dorman
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Juego de Relojese - Game of Clocks
Schissi
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Geographical Fugue
Toch
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watch me vanish, watch me?
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Book of Grooves IV, Dance Groove Drifting
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