Smoke & Mirrors Vanish Vol 2 (2013)

Takemitsu, Rachmaninov

Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

Producer’s Notes:
Once people have a chance to hear Smoke & Mirrors: Vanish and after they read Jim’s review in The Absolute Sound, this recording won’t be hidden for long! Creating this second album with Smoke & Mirrors percussion ensemble proved a great musical experience and deepened our friendship with these remarkable musicians. Special thanks to Sel Kardan and Richard Beene of The Colburn School and to Maestro Gerard Schwarz for their support and enthusiasm for Smoke & Mirrors. We recorded this album in two
concert halls. The live orchestra concert of Takemitsu’s ethereal and engaging From Me Flows What You Call Time came first in Ambassador Hall on February 4th, 2012, with Gerard Schwarz conducting. Rachmaninov’s Vespers followed in Zipper Hall at The Colburn School on June 3-5, 2013.

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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 Vol 2 (2013)

Takemitsu, Rachmaninov

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 Vol 2 (2013)

Takemitsu, Rachmaninov

Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

Producer:

We used two coincident Neumann U47 microphones for the orchestra with two AKG C12 microphones for a small amount of reinforcement for the winds and rear percussion in the Takemitsu concerto. We chose a single stereo AKG C24 microphone for all the other tracks. Jon Fisher from Gearworks Pro Audio lent us these precious microphones. Elliot Midwood designed our microphone preamplification equipment and we recorded directly to RMGI 468 tape using stranded silver Yarlung interconnects and the Yarlung analog tape recorder circuitry designed for us by Len Horowitz. Mastering by SteveHoffman.

Bob Attiyeh, producer


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

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From Me Flows What You Call Time
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Vespers I, Call to Worship
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