“In the mood for some down-home classical music? Kenji Bunch, a Portland native living in Brooklyn and making it big on the national level, jives and swings with Nashville’s Alias Chamber Ensemble. Twangy slides and pluckings recall ‘Appalachian Waltz’ or Edgar Meyer, but Bunch has a more muscular and varied voice, from ‘locally sourced’ styles to Romantic lyricism. Cool instrumental effects race along the track in ‘Overdrive,’ while crescendos and codas rise and fall with Copland-like power in ‘Ballad.’ Bunch’s new American music is straightforward and sincere. Welcome to chamber music for the 21st century.” — David Stabler, The Oregonian
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