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Inviting Worlds [Navona 6445]
” A strong and vibrant piece” – GRAMMY-winning conductor, JoAnn Falletta
Chosen for ASCAP’s New Music Friday Playlist on the day of its release.
My orchestral work Rising Up appears on the new Navona Records album INVITING WORLDS VOL 2: NEW WORKS FOR LARGE ENSEMBLE. It’s a composer’s dream come true to be performed by an orchestra of the stature of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava under the baton of Jan Kučera, and the Navona team did everything to make this presentation of my music a total success! On the day of its release, “Rising Up” was given a warm welcome into the world when it was selected for the ASCAP New Music Friday Playlist. Soon after, it won a Global Music Awards Silver Medal for composer & creativity/originality.
Turning In Time [Centaur 3836]
“A new voice on our horizon is felt and heard with Debra Kaye and her beautiful 2018 Turning in Time.”
– Gapplegate Classical-Modern Review
“…a tour de force” – NY Concert Review, Rorianne Schrade
“…an eclectic unfolding of creativity” – Gramophone, David Rosenberg
“a work of utter beauty and wonder…an unusual meditation that juxtaposes musical history going back to Bach and reaching out into the present while imagining the future…(an) exquisite composition.”
– World Music Report, Raul da Gama
And So It Begins [Ravello RR7899]
“…inspirational…this is an album that will surely stand the test of time.” (CD And So It Begins)
“…a beautiful exhibition of the art of the music flow…Debra Kaye’s language is deep…reaches the public; is clever, melodic, rhythmic and visceral.”
“…savvily bringing the music not only to life, but transcendence…”
– Michael Jurkovic,Van Wyck Gazette
On Ted Gioia’s annual list of Top 100 CD’s.
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