Composer David Fulmer and the New York Philharmonic
A New release of Fulmer's Sky's Acetylene, commissioned, performed, and recorded by the New York Philharmonic. New Focus Recordings has released the work. Watch a discussion between composer David Fulmer, and New Focus Recording director and guitarist Daniel Lippel.
New up-and-coming commissions include works for the Spektral Quartet, Koussevitzky Foundation, Claire Chase, Fromm Foundation, and Carnegie Hall.
Fulmer will lead MACE (Mannes American Composers Ensemble) in his fifth season as Music Director Fulmer will lead the Meadows Symphony Orchestra (October 29, and 31) in programs of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, Sibelius Symphony No. 7, Elliott Carter's Instances, and works by Fauré, Boulez, and more. Fulmer is Artistic Director of "Antiphonal Prisms" - a multi-season performing series and commissioning initiative involving several international museums and foundations, Stay tuned for further information. In the upcoming season, David will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to conduct the St. Petersburg Symphony.
David Fulmer – Sky’s Acetylene
Sometimes it takes an effort of imagination to suss out why a particular piece of music appeals to me. Such was the case with the 14-minute opus mysteriously named Sky’s Acetyleneby critically acclaimed composer David Fulmer. Just released as a New Focus Recordings EP, it’s performed by five musicians from the New York Philharmonic.
Propelled by Mindy Kaufman’s fervid virtuosity on three members of the flute family and by Eric Huebner’s dark piano colors, the piece intensifies even as – to the casual ear – it threatens to meander. Conductor Jeffrey Milarsky and the musicians stress the contrast between the flute’s ability to produce microtones and the strict limits of the piano’s discrete keys.
The before-you-realize-it migration of bass flute to C flute to piccolo marks an urgent progression of startling beauty, encouraged by subtle sprays of texture from the harp and explosive interjections of percussion. Near the end, unison snake-charm passages for piccolo and bass viol span the full tonal range of the standard Western orchestra as if to show us an entire landscape of sound from a place of distant contemplation.
A major element of the work’s appeal – for me, at least – is that despite its sequence of surprises, it sustains a sense of order and intent. It’s a bit like a short story that in just a handful of pages creates a complete world encompassing both chaos and rest, war and peace.
Sky’s Acetylene is available now on New Focus Recordings.
October 21, 7:00pm
November 18, 7:00pm
Join the Everson Museum for a series of thrilling concerts of newly commissioned musical works relating to AbStranded: Fiber and Abstraction in Contemporary Art, curated by celebrated composer, conductor, and violinist David Fulmer. The concept of “weaving and quilting” is synonymous with Fulmer’s vision of musical architecture; “each note, each gesture, each timbre, and each musical dimension is assembled through a lens that sees and hears a prismatic structure…composers confront their materials, either homogeneous or not, and begin welding musical design together. Each musical layer, each stratosphere represents a texture and sonority – we are constantly weaving a tapestry of sound.” The concerts will feature works for solo violin by Bach, along with four newly commissioned works composed in 2021 by Vasiliki Krimitza, Bahar Royaee, and Alyssa Regent. These works are inspired by, and composed alongside the works in AbStranded. Fulmer will lead the audience on a physical tour of the Museum performing each composition in front of a different work of art.
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