Francesca Anderegg and Brent Funderburk are releasing their second album of contemporary music on New Focus Recordings in 2016. Titled "Wild Cities," the album features new works by young American composers: Hannah Lash, Ted Hearne, Ryan Francis, Clint Needham and Reinaldo Moya.
The narrative of the album involves a journey through the new landscape of American music: the name "Wild Cities" is inspired by the poem "After Dead Souls" by Allen Ginsberg. In it, Ginsberg asks, "Where O America are you/ going in your glorious/ automobile….toward what wild city/ jumping with jazz/ on the Pacific Ocean?" The Ginsberg poem suggests both a journey and a destination.
In this album, the journey towards the "wild city" is represented by the musical language of minimalism. Each composer has American minimalism as a reference, and uses it to forge their unique style. Ryan Francis’s Remix is based on electronic dance music. On the Road by Clint Needham is inspired by a signature image of American composition: the open road, brimming with optimism and possibility. Ted Hearne’s piece Nobody’s incorporates the tradition of clogging in old-time Appalachian fiddle music, and mixes this idea with extended techniques and the noise of electronic effects. Hannah Lash’s Adjoining, commissioned by Anderegg for this project, is post-Romantic: it is filled with harmonic ambiguity and searches for a resolution that remains always out of reach. Finally, Reinaldo Moya’s Imagined Archipelagos fuses minimalist gestures with the fast, revolving rhythms and fluidity of Venezuelan folk music. “Wild Cities” surveys the landscape of American music with these five pieces, and takes the audience on a journey to new, fantastic places.
The album has received funding from St. Olaf College and a broad online community of 83 supporters on Indiegogo. With gratitude for this support, we look forward to sharing this music with you!
Release date: July 8, 2016.
Tour dates: check back for Wild Cities tour dates!