A Gossamer Bit / Pride: The Music Of Allison Cameron And More

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A Gossamer Bit / Pride: The Music Of Allison Cameron And More
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Over the past ten years, Contact has collaborated with composer Allison Cameron several times. This work has culminated in our recording, A Gossamer Bit. The result of a truly collaborative process using compositional techniques that allow for the ensemble to make decisions about how and what we play specifically, often resulting in a true departure from the original intent. As more and more contemporary concert music composers explore these techniques, a new hybrid of experimental music evolves that is somewhere between composed and improvised and may be thought of as “comprivised” music. This idea of “comprivised” music is gradually closing the gap between “art” music and “popular” music, as more and more bands who are championing the indie spirit are blurring the lines between “classical” and “pop” as a new genre emerges that can be thought of as “indie-classical”.

A Gossamer Bit has been receiving positive reviews, dubbed “radiantly lovely” by Julian Cowley (The Wire, August 2015). Bryon Hayes (Decoder Magazine, July 2015) says: “The concept of collaboration is notable when listening to these pieces: the music unfolds nearly effortlessly… highlighting the skill sets of composer and ensemble alike.”

Celebrating Allison Cameron’s post-structural deconstruction of compositional techniques is the perfect way to celebrate queer voice in contemporary concert music: “A Gossamer Bit celebrates the experimental tradition to which [Cameron] herself has made [a] significant addition.” (JC-The Wire)

A Gossamer Bit was listed as one of the best recordings of 2015 by Steve Smith (Night After Night) and The Wire magazine.
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By: CONTACT Contemporary Music

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