New Noise: Frozen River Flows

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Compact Disc / Digital Download

  • Cat: CC2021
  • Release date: 1 September 2010

Liner notes

The British duo New Noise, comprises the beautiful sounds and effortless pyrotechnics of oboist Janey Miller, and the dramatically explosive and virtuosic playing of percussionist Joby Burgess, performing an eclectic mix of classical, electronic, jazz and contemporary music.

Frozen River Flows includes recently commissioned work in Nigel Osborne's Journey to the End of the Night, depicting the aftermath of a debauched night in Paris, Adrian Lee's Peace for Vayu, a haunting Indian-inspired meditation, Howard Skempton's starry Random Girl, seven diverse Bagatelles from George Nicholson and Dobrinka Tabakova's Frozen River Flows where stillness and movement interrelate. Works by Simon Holt and Iannis Xenakis - Dmaathen (1976), the piece that fathered this duo - complete the disc.

'The composers on this fabulous disc range from absolutely wild to superbly cool. What I love about the choice of pieces is a wonderful catholicity of taste, huge variety of sounds and acoustic recording styles, and that the performers choose works for recording by their quality alone. The sheer talent and professionalism of the duo is completely outstanding; each of the performances is in every way riveting.'

Nicholas Daniel, Double Reed News, January 2011

'A spirit of intrepid endeavour ... anthology drawing on music from so many brave new worlds of the creative imagination.'

Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International, October 2010

Track listing/listen

  1. Journey to the End of the Night
    Nigel Osborne
  2. Peace for Vayu
    Adrian Lee
  3. Random Girl
    Howard Skempton
  4. Dmaathen
    Iannis Xenakis
  5. Sphinx
    Simon Holt
  6. Frozen River Flows
    Dobrinka Tabakova
  7. Bagatelles
    George Nicholson