EnsembleSpectrum - Joy Boy


This double CD explores the theme of pulsation, showcasing the works of four distinctive composers.

Julius Eastman, an American composer, embodied the connection between personal struggles and artistic expression. Despite facing challenges and homelessness, his surviving pieces, such as "Femenine," "Joy Boy," and "Buddha," expand minimalist music with pop elements, raw sounds, and vibrant colors. Martin Burlas, a Slovak composer, presents "Seventh Day's Record," an evolving composition originally critiquing society. Its fierce rhythms and changing meters transform aggression into beauty. Jozef Malovec, another Slovak composer, broke free from post-Webern styles, exemplified by "Cryptogramme I" from 1964. This composition's mechanical rhythms still sound fresh decades later. Frederic Rzewski, a notable composer, adds his voice with "Les Moutons de Panurge," a playful piece in his "game pieces" series. It develops from a thirty-second melody into a composition where tempo accelerates, leading to captivating and beautiful music.

CD 1 “Femenine” recorded live at Tatra Gallery, Poprad, Slovakia (August 2022).
CD 2 “Joy Boy” tracks 1-4 recorded at Clarissine Concert Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia (October 2022).
Tracks 5, 6 recorded live as a part of a concert at Clarissine Concert Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia (October 2022).
Edited, mixed, mastered by Majo Džubák at smile4Urecords 2022.
Recorded by Andrej Novák (CD 1) and Majo Džubák (CD 2).
Assistant sound engineer: Sebastian Pribol
Music director: Konstantin Ilievsky (CD 2)
Sleeve notes: Jaroslav Šťastný
Translation: Ian Mikyska
Proofreading: Irena Lányiová
Graphic design: Marianna Lutková
Cover design: Matej Sloboda
Booklet photos: Simona Babjaková

UBU Collection 2023
Made in the EU • Product of Slovakia
Ⓟ UBU Collection 2023 / UBU #05

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Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this recording prohibited.

Supported from the public funds provided by the Slovak Arts Council as the main partner.
Supported by Bratislava city foundation (Nadácia mesta Bratislava), Slovenský ochranný zväz autorský + Sociálno-kultúrny fond SOZA. With financial support of Music fund Slovakia.