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New Works by Timo Andres on PSNY

Timo Andres: modern troubadour. No, he doesn't wander the French countryside singing Occitan poetry. But like a troubadour, Andres has been performing and composing across the country, commissioned by modern patrons such as Carnegie Hall and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival for fellow performers such as yMusic, eighth blackbird, and pianists Bruce Levingston and Kristin Elgersma. We're proud to offer a batch of Andres' latest works for direct download on PSNY. 

To begin, consider two new works for solo piano: Clear and Cold, and Heavy Sleep. Both highlight Timo's nuanced take on composers of the past—Ravel and Chopin, respectively—and offer new interpretations on the terrors and pleasures of melancholy and somnambulation. Check out this excerpt from Heavy Sleep

Andres' new works for chamber ensembles expand his palette to include many more hands and instruments than his own two at the piano. Andres describes Safe Travels, composed for yMusic, as "a short, peripatetic piece built on a constantly-shifting harmonic pattern"; these shifts remind the listener of the experience of travel, with its endless, shifting patterns, traversing the gamut of harmonic possibilities.

Checkered Shade, written for eighth blackbird, takes the pen-and-ink drawings of Astrid Bowlby as its metaphorical inspiration. The piece mirrors the experience of seeing Bowlby's work: an intense attention to detail, slowly followed by the realization that the small pattern also constitutes a much more complex whole. 

yMusic Releases New Album on New Amsterdam Records

On September 30th, 2014, New York-based new music ensemble yMusic will release Balance Problems on the New Amsterdam record label. The album features music by PSNY composers Andew Norman, Marcos Balter, and Timo Andres, as well as Nico Muhly, Marc Dancigers, and Sufjan Stevens. yMusic's previous album, Beautiful Mechanical, was Time Out New York's #1 Classical recording of the year in 2011

The press is buzzing again, anticipating the release of Balance Problems; Pitchfork previewed the album, featuring Andrew Norman's composition "Music in Circles." Check out a preview of the track here: 

 Produced and engineered by Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott), the album stands to be a landmark collaboration between composers and performers, chamber music and electronics. Check out a preview for Balance Problems below: 

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