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Album: Donut Robot!
Artist: Post-Haste Reed Duo
Record Label: Aerocade Music
Catalog No.: AM010
UPC: 192914887829
Release date: February 15, 2019

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CREDITS

Post-Haste Reed Duo:
Javier Rodriguez, bassoon
Sean Fredenberg, saxophones

Produced by Meerenai Shim
Engineered by Alberto Hernandez
Mastered by George Horn and Katia Dotto
Album art by Adam T. Davis
Annotations by Craig Doolin

Senior Executive Producer: Shawn Copeland

Executive Producers:
T. Jason Brown & Robert Delehanty
Brian Fulton
Madelyn & Henry Quiros
Maggie & Jose Rodriguez
Steve Thomas

Recorded on July 10-13, 2018 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA.

This album was funded in part with a University of Idaho College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences (CLASS) Summer Research Grant

Copyright 2019 Post-Haste Reed Duo and Aerocade Music.

 

Press Contact: Alanna Maharajh Stone
alannamaharajh@yahoo.com
917-359-4449

Donut Robot!

by Post-Haste Reed Duo

 

Post-Haste Reed Duo’s sophmore release, Donut Robot!, is an important addition to the saxophone-bassoon duet literature. The six new pieces explore the many possibilities of the unique instrumental pairing while delving into a completely new sound world. With pieces by Edward Hines, Drew Baker, Andrea L. Reinkemeyer, Takuma Itoh, Michael Johanson, and Ruby Fulton, Donut Robot! showcases virtuosic playing, subtle musical shading, and masterful interpretation.

 

TRACK LISTING

1. Donut Robot! by Ruby Fulton (9:44)
2. First Light by Drew Baker (8:20)

Soundscapes by Michael Johanson
3. the Hills of Basilicata (5:23)
4. Snowscape (6:31)
5. Moto Perpetuo (3:44)

6. Hommage: Saygun et Bartók en Turquie 1936 (Chanson de Hatice Dekioğlu) by Edward J Hines (7:57)

7. In the Speaking Silence by Andrea Reinkemeyer (8:50)

Snapshots by Takuma Itoh
8. Grotesque (1:28)
9. Chain (4:36)
10. Haunted (1:40)
11. Early Bird Special (1:17)

TOTAL PLAYING TIME 59:30

 

NOTES

 

Donut Robot! – Ruby Fulton

Inspired by an autocorrect error, the title of Donut Robot! represents the instances when technology fails and hurts society. The second part is drawn from real news stories in which technology fails. Fulton uses an elaborate method of assigning pitches to speech rhythms to create a piece that is metallic, mechanistic, and fun.

First Light – Drew Baker

First Light is an exploration of microtonality with harmony at very close intervals. The undulating texture is constantly changing and the work, despite its uniformity of texture, ends at a very different place than its beginning.

Soundscapes – Michael Johanson

Johanson’s expressive Soundscapes was inspired by the beauty of two very different landscapes – the lush hills of southern Italy and the mysterious snow-covered beauty of Oregon. The final movement is an energetic romp that is as much a treat for the listener as it is a challenge to the performers.

Hommage: Saygun et Bartók en Turquie 1936 (Chanson de Hatice Dekioğlu) – Edward J Hines

Hines takes the listener to the day in 1936 when Belá Bartók and A. Adnan Saygun visited a village in Turkey and recorded 13-year-old Hatice Dekioğlu singing a folk song. He casts the song for soprano saxophone and bassoon and includes the wax cylinder recording of Miss Dekioğlu as the work reaches its touching climax.

In the Speaking Silence – Andrea L. Reinkemeyer

With a title inspired by a line from a poem by Christina Rossetti, the reverent in the speaking silence explores the peaceful world of quietness and is dedicated to the memory of the composer’s mother.

Snapshots – Takuma Itoh

The four movements of Snapshots take the listener from the strikingly experimental “Grotesque” through the mesmerizingly minimalist “Chain” to the glissandos of “Haunted.” The final destination is “Early Bird Special” with its rapid-fire bebop influences

 

ABOUT THE POST-HASTE REED DUO

(photo: Jason Quigley)

(photo: Jason Quigley)

One of the most active commissioning duos on the new music scene, the saxophone-bassoon Post-Haste Reed Duo (PHRD) is internationally acclaimed for performing “music of limitless stylistic range and emotional scope” by textura and as “essential listening” by I Care If You Listen. Saxophonist Sean Fredenburg and bassoonist Javier Rodriguez seek not only to increase the amount of quality chamber music literature for saxophone and bassoon duo, but also to foster widespread exploration of non-traditional chamber ensembles.

Formed in 2009, PHRD has grown to become a fixture in the new music community, enjoying a robust touring career appearing at universities, festivals, conferences, and concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. As of 2019, Post-Haste has commissioned acoustic and electro-acoustic works by over one dozen composers. The duo released their first album, Beneath a Canopy of Angels...a River of Stars, in 2016 on the Aerocade Music label, which earned warm reviews from press including textura, I Care If You Listen, Fanfare Magazine, and Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review. Their second album, Donut Robot!, is set to release on February 15th, 2019.

PHRD has spoken and performed at classical and new music’s most prestigious gatherings, including those of the College Music Society, International Double Reed Society, North American Saxophone Alliance, the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & the Humanities, among others.

Post-Haste Reed Duo is currently based in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at posthasteduo.com.