John Adams, The Gospel According to the Other Mary – Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Master Chorale, Gustavo Dudamel
John Luther Adams, Become Ocean – Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot
D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Black Messiah
Morton Feldman, String Quartet No. 1 – FLUX Quartet
Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!
Philip Glass, The Complete Piano Etudes – Maki Namekawa
Meredith Monk, Piano Songs – Ursula Oppens, Bruce Brubaker
Laura Mvula, With Metropole Orkest Conducted by Jules Buckley at Abbey Road Studios
Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite – Jonny Greenwood, Vicky Chow, Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson
Ann Southam, Glass Houses Vol. 2 – Christina Petrowska Quilico
tuku, moonday sessions:the black
Herbie Hancock, The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988 (rel. late 2013)
Odyssey, Happy Together (Expanded Edition)
Sly Stone & various artists, I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-1970
A recurring introspective retrospective of my music as it sounded twenty years earlier. In early 1994, I took my first trip to Europe, spending a week in Lyon where my music was heard at a university dance festival as well as in the subway for a pop up freestyle contemporary dance event. I spent the latter part of the year working on the indie cassette release Uhuru, which would come out the following spring, and playing keyboards and percussion in a post-punk band. In early 1995, another dance score was heard in London. In late 1995, I began graduate studies at York University, returning nine years after I had first arrived as an undergraduate.
Throughout this period, I continued to hold down a full time retail job selling classical and jazz CDs in Yorkville, as well as freelancing as a composer for dance and theatre. I also got my first taste of hosting college radio. It was my most active period being involved in music in general.
November 1994 rec. February 1995. 8 voices (2 per part), 8 track reel-to-reel. Begins with a row on the seven pitches of the diatonic scale. The pronunciation of uhuru was conflated with “yoo hoo” although I now prefer the proper initial “u” sound. This is life before autotune, for better or worse. Photo: handwritten score excerpt, 1995
Music and composer’s notes copyright Bruce A. Russell 2014