Steven Schick: Drumming in The Dark

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Neuma Records

Watershed I
Solo percussion
by Roger Reynolds

Other composers on disc:
Kaija Saariaho
Iannis Xenakis
Brian Ferneyhough

Liner notes by Steven Schick

Primary Artist(s): Steven Schick, percussion

Label: Neuma 450-100

Dates of recording: 1997-98

Editing and Mastering: Joe Kucera

About Watershed I:
Early in the learning process of Roger Reynolds’ Watershed I identified (and identified with) the tight spiral of drums as the central force of the piece. The drums are confident, learned and focused. Soon enough they begin to listen to the other instruments: first to the volatile circle of metallic instruments and then to the incessant carpings of four wooden boxes. Approaching the critical “watershed” moment of the work, these forces challenge and begin to transform the drums with steady insistent pressure. The drums, at first dark and laconic, soften and begin to sing. We move seamlessly from order and logic into a far less rational world of impulse and intuition.

– from the liner notes by Steven Schick