And So It Begins [Ravello RR7899]
“Kaye’s debut CD And So It Begins is a beautiful exhibition of the art of the music flow…Elegance and subtlety is present in each of the pieces that make up a raw sound, sensitive and expansive, expressing a wide range of moods. Debra Kaye’s language is visceral and deep.“
“Unique sound and feel…perfectly executed tracks…This is an album that will surely stand the test of time.” (CD And So It Begins)
Composer Debra Kaye’s debut Ravello Records release, AND SO IT BEGINS, catapults the listener into her deep universe of sound – an expedition down one New York City street and up another, through the warp and weft of interior landscapes, to Taos Mountain, on a journey through a dream, a dying, a love – as she blends her classical roots with traces of jazz, pop, world music, the pulse of city rhythms, and the expansiveness of spacious landscapes.
In Finding Accord, the 3-way conversation goes in and out of agreement in a tête-à-tête of musical opposites as the composer creates new timbres for the piano trio using prepared piano techniques and percussive accents of an ankle bell. Incidental Ducklings brings quacking ducks to life through Kaye’s playful wit and irony. Béla Fleck meets Schubert in Africa in The Doppelganger as Kaye explores the colors of the trombone, while The Beauty Way and Visions bring us the light, the air, the magic of Taos NM.
Holding degrees from Mannes College of Music and New York University, Kaye is on the faculty of the Mannes College Preparatory Division. She has served as Executive Director of the NY Composers Circle and President of the Howland Chamber Music Circle in Beacon New York.
Javier Oviedo, alto sax
Haim Avitsur, trombone
Martha McGaughey, Jeanne Dorche, Carlene Stober; soprano, tenor and bass viols
Lynn Bechtold and Amy Kimball, violins
Entela Barci, viola
Arthur Cook and Garo Yellin, cellos
Frank Wagner, double bass
Marcia Eckert and Elizabeth Wolff, piano