11 August 2017
Out Today: Nadia Sirota’s ‘Tessallatum’!
Nadia Sirota's album Tessellatum, with original music by Donnacha Dennehy performed by Nadia Sirota and Liam Byrne, is out today on Bedroom Community. Additionally, the accompanying film of Tessellatum by Steven Mertens is now exclusively streaming on Tidal until August 15th.
What the press says
...thick, molten drones of stringed textures carry much of the music, repeatedly forming and deforming as a constant, enchanting wall of sound.
The music blends into a kind of tabula rasa, pulsing drone, a shifting mass that is meant to smudge the edges on your perception of passing time.
Together they generate dense harmonic clouds that move around birdlike melodic phrases, which by turn crisscross, then flock to formation.
By the end, the two instruments are in sublime retreat, harmonies humming and washing away, still conjoined.
it’s an expression of joy, a puzzle completed, a celebration of the viola’s expressiveness.
The resulting piece showcases Sirota’s rigorous skill and otherworldy style, coalescing into an incredibly moving work of art.
A celebration of a lasting artistic relationship - and, you presume, friendship - embodied in an inventive and thrilling pairing of works, viola front-and-centre throughout.
Muhly and Sirota’s music goes straight for the heart without sacrificing any sophistication along the way.
“[...] Keep in Touch, is a compact album of two pieces Muhly wrote for Sirota that reaches out from the inside, decisively modern in its embrace of technology and undeniably human in its burning, tender spirit.”
“Violist Nadia Sirota is best known for her singular sound and expressive execution, coaxing works and collaborations from the likes of Daníel Bjarnason, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter and Missy Mazzoli.”
Apparently Keep In Touch was designed to challenge the performer into engaging with their weaknesses (mean Mr Muhly), but Sirota’s performance of the piece sounds perfect to these ears.
A stellar young violist who has served as muse to prominent composers.
...a mind-blowing collection that electrically fuses classical technique and structures with electronic textures, overdubbing, and full-bodied melodies.
Sirota’s profile is sure to be raised by this exceptional release
Solid pieces from Paul Corley and Daniel Bjarnason complete this satisfying program, which, while more tricked-out electronically than Sirota’s first offering, retains her aesthetic imprint.
Luminous, restless and contemplative by turns, the disc proves that the viola is anything but a joke.
If Sirota has yet to achieve her ten thousand hours of practice toward mastery, she is a few thirty-minute sessions away.
Muhly sets Sirota’s sharp, startling attacks against a serenely murmuring church organ, evoking a sensation of clamminess in the midst of serenity.
A new recruit to Bedroom Community’s close-knit neo-classical roster that says more with her viola than we’re able to express with actual words.
The most beautiful album you will hear this year.
This is one of those rare albums that can serve as both a “gateway album” into contemporary classical and a deep listening experience for those already into the music.
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