Michael Byron: Fabric for String Noise String Noise & James Bergman
- Michael Byron (1953 - ):
- 1Fabric for String Noise, Pt. 109:06
- 2Fabric for String Noise, Pt. 212:05
- 3Dragon Rite (Version Without Percussion)08:02
Info for Michael Byron: Fabric for String Noise
Michael Byron’s title piece, “Fabric for String Noise,” performed by NYC’s String Noise (violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, deemed “New York’s most daring violin duo” by “TimeOut New York”), is a wildly virtuosic two-movement work, wherein intense continuous activity shares space with an overarching sense of motionlessness. The composer characterizes it as a “sound object . . . marked by extreme polyrhythmic complexity and intricate contrapuntal textures.” Closing the album is the rich texture of Byron’s double bass quartet “Dragon Rite,” performed by James Bergman, in which are heard occasional quarter-tone inflections as the piece slowly surges and ebbs. Critic Julian Cowley, writing recently for “The Wire,” called Michael Byron “one of those contemporary composers who can justifiably be classed as crucial.”
James Bergman, double bass
is the classical, “avant-punk” duo of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris. New music champions since its inception in 2011, at the Ostrava Center for New Music’s Ostrava Days, String Noise has expanded the two-violin repertoire by more than 50 new works, including collaborations with multimedia art, electronics, video projections, opera, and dance. Premieres by String Noise include works by Christian Wolff, John King, Phill Niblock, Caleb Burhans, David Lang, Petr Kotik, Du Yun, Annie Gosfield, Bernhard Lang, Spencer Topel, Derek Hurst, Elizabeth Hoffman, John Zorn, Greg Saunier, Alex Mincek, Yoon-Ji Lee, Catherine Lamb, Petr Bakla, Richard Carrick, Alvin Lucier, and many others. Co-concertmasters of Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble LPR, and the S.E.M. Ensemble, String Noise has collaborated in special projects with such artists as Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), John Cale (Velvet Underground), Tyondai Braxton, Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood), Mica Levi (Micachu and the Shapes), Jon Brion, Laurie Anderson, Jason Moran, Roscoe Mitchell, Max Richter, and Rostam (Vampire Weekend). The duo’s first feature album, The Book of Strange Positions (Eric Lyon’s arrangements of music by Bad Brains, Violent Femmes, Deerhoof, Radiohead, and Black Flag), was released by Northern Spy Records in November 2015. Press comments about String Noise: “a trailblazing duo” (TimeOut New York); “a formidable display of virtuosity” (NewMusicBox); “lightning fast reflexes and warmly matched sounds” (The New York Times); “greeted with a thundering ovation more common for American Idols than classical musicians” (Huffington Post); “New York’s most daring violin duo” (TimeOut New York).
is an active Los Angeles bassist who graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with bassist David Walter. Bergman recorded and toured with Tirez Tirez and the Mikel Rouse Broken Consort, performing at such venues as the Kitchen and the Bang on a Can Festival. He has also performed at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco and with the Princeton Composers Ensemble. As an orchestra player, he regularly performs with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and has been a member of the San Jose Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and other orchestras. He has recorded for the Cold Blue (including Christopher Roberts’s virtuosic double bass works, Trios for Deep Voices, as well as music by Gavin Bryars and Jim Fox), Dreamworks, Rough Trade, Sire, Cuneiform, Crammed/Made to Measure, Les Disques du Crépescule, Pentatone, and Reprise record labels.