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Decasia

by Michael Gordon

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Decasia (pronounced di-KA-zha), the soundtrack to Bill Morrison's film of the same name (which showed at the 2002 Sundance, Rotterdam, and Edinborough Film Festivals), is a large-scale, single-movement, relentlessly monumental work about decay - the decay of melody, of tuning, of classical music itself. Following the atmospheric ambiance of his recent string orchestra piece, Weather (Nonesuch/Warner), Michael Gordon's new work retunes a giant amplified orchestra (the Basel Sinfonietta) to resemble a piano fallen from a great height. With gripping strings, four detuned pianos, and massive winds and brass, the huge sound comes out of electronica and Mahler at the same time - stratospheric harmonies decay one into another, giant blocks of sounds shift and fall like an earthquake giving off a tremendous energy. At the 2001 premiere performance, the Basel Sinfonietta stood on a triangular pyramid 3 tiers high, completely surrounding the audience within.

"A fascinating ride up and down a fine, slippery musical slope."
- T.J. Medrek, Boston Herald

"So mesmerizing it may hypnotize household pets."
- David P. Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

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released July 9, 2015

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Michael Gordon New York, New York

Michael Gordon's music merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power embodying, in the words of The New Yorker's Alex Ross, "the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism."

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