ICareIfYouListen.com interviews conductor Yuga Cohler about the Asia / America New Music Institute and their new Transcendent recording:
Read the full interview on ICareIfYouListen.com
“At a certain point, we realized that the music we were creating and performing was of a high enough caliber that it deserved to be documented, so we decided to make Transcendent. … Transcendent contains some of the “greatest hits” of the first five years of our existence. The pieces, while not always sonically similar, all exemplify our aesthetic. So, in a certain sense, the album is itself a musical argument: we wanted to show that the diversity of content in these compositions could itself be a unifying factor. … It’s worth noting that our soloists Ryu and Davóne have really helped champion our cause by embodying what you might call the “voice” of our philosophy. Having a single voice at the nexus of the composer, conductor, ensemble members, and audience helps distill our musical approach into a relatable way for our audience. Regardless, our hope is that through these thematic elements, Transcendent makes clear the existence of this developing cadre of contemporary classical musicians who are strengthening the musical ties between Asia and America.…”—Yuga Cohler in ICareIfYouListen.com
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