Chiaroscuro

by Jordan Nobles

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1.
Chiaroscuro 30:00
2.
Pulses 14:30

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The two works on this album offer us a portrait of extremes in Jordan Nobles’ output, coming from different time periods with different objectives. Yet even though 15 years separate these pieces, they are unified by common ground rules — namely flexible instrumentation and duration — which have become trademarks of Nobles’ mature music. Pulses (1999) is energetic and rhythmic, tipping the hat to the American minimalist Steve Reich. The work is in a constant state of metric and harmonic modulation, creating dramatic turns from the virtuosic to the dreamlike. By comparison, Chiaroscuro (2014) is an essay on harmonic stasis, meditating on subtly shifting colours, ranges, and articulations: a sonic rendering of the "shadows and light" painting technique from which the piece derives its name. - Mark Takeshi McGregor

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REVIEWS:
"a masterful and beautiful complexity...", "brilliant use of instrumental colour..." - The Wholenote

"Inhabit[s] a post-genre place where everything from sixties “space symphonies” to minimalist modernism can happily coexist [...] A truly great recording." - Vancouver Sun

"Pay close attention to its absorbing detail, or let your mind wander and see where the work takes you." - Exclaim! Magazine

"a drifting beauty that’s like stillness being slowly subjected to the unavoidable passage of time.", "Chiaroscuro is full of warmth and beauty as much as of light and shade." - OBLADADA

“Nobles eschews conventional narrative development in the composition, opting instead for a design that’s more akin to a large-format sound painting containing a multitude of textural detail.” - textura

"like a massive cloud that slowly changes shape and colour as it moves through the sky" - Vital Weekly

"Two luxurious pieces of new classical music..." - The Moderns

"I came away from this listening experience with an appreciation of Nobles’s great artistic reach, both as composer and director." - Beauty amidst anxiety, Only Strings

"The attentive listener will probably detect qualities in both of Nobles’ compositions that reflect on the wide spectrum of inventive approaches to making music that emerged during the second half of the twentieth century. That said, if the listener is attentive enough, (s)he will never confuse Nobles’ compositional techniques with any of those sources." - The Immersive Music of Jordan Nobles, The Rehearsal Studio

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released July 1, 2020

Music for Chamber Orchestra by JUNO Award-winning composer Jordan Nobles.


TRACKS:
1. Chiaroscuro  (2014/rev.2020) - 30:01
2. Pulses  (1998) - 14:31

COMPOSER:
Jordan Nobles - www.jordannobles.com

MUSICIANS:
Mark Takeshi McGregor - piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute
Geronimo Mendoza - oboe, english horn
Liam Hockley - clarinet, bass clarinet
Gwen Seaton - bassoon
Colin MacDonald - alto saxophone
Holly Bryan - french horn
John Korsrud - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jeremy Berkman - trombone
Angela Steele - tuba
Martin Fisk - timpani, bass drum, tam tam, vibraphone
Vern Griffiths - glockenspiel
Nicholas Jacques - tubular bells, crotales
Katie Rife - marimba
Albertina Chan - harp
Miranda Wong - piano
Adrian Verdejo - acoustic, electric, & classical guitars
Janna Sailor - violin I
Molly MacKinnon - violin II
Tawnya Popoff - viola
Marina Hasselberg - cello
Mark Haney - doublebass
Kelly Nobles - solo voice, choir director
Jessica Heaven, Stephanie Mile - sopranos
Laura Bower, Felisha Rolin, Myra Sobelman - altos

Recorded at Creativ Music Centre, North Vancouver, BC. and Pyatt Hall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Produced and edited by Jordan Nobles; Mastering by Don Harder.

Special thanks to Mark Takeshi McGregor, Kelly Nobles, Mike Southworth, Nick Storring, Colin MacDonald, Dejan Radovanovic, Wesley Jay, Aleksandar Zecevic, Don Harder, and Julian Nobles.

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