Producer: Sheldon Steiger
Mastering: Phillip Klum, Jigsaw Sound
Recorded at: Patrych Sound Studios; July, 29, 31, and August 1, 2003
Label: Koch International Classics
Executive Producer: Susan Napodano Del Giorno
Carolyn Yarnell: The Same Sky
Randall Woolf: Adrenaline Revival
Marti Epstein: She Fell Into a Well of Sorrows
Elaine Kaplinsky: Umbra
With the four compositions pianist Kathleen Supové performs on Infusion, the walls between acoustic sound and electronics are completely porous. Sometimes she will play in duet with computer-generated piano sounds that will only sound electronic once you realize that no human being, not even a pianist as dexterous as Supové could ever tackle such speeds. Other times the notes she strikes will be altered in real time and made to sound completely un-piano-like. Of course, in order to pull off this kind of instant relay between acoustic and electronic sounds requires the careful hands and ears of a producer. In this function, Sheldon Steiger, who has worked with artists as diverse as Paul Simon, rap groups from Run-DMC to P.M. Dawn, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, the string quartet Ethel, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Festival, proved the perfect collaborator.
“This is meant to be a real 21st Century Piano CD,” beams Supové. “The medium melds two great technologies: electronic sound and the acoustic grand piano. I chose these pieces because they were imaginative, non-doctrinaire, beautiful, intriguing—accessible to the listener, but never mindless. I wanted the person listening to be surrounded by mysterious beauty. I also wanted a seamless and continuous experience from beginning to end.”
From the CD liner notes written by Frank J. Oteri, New York-based composer and the Editor of the American Music Center’s Web magazine NewMusicBox.