This time the choice has been made by Guy Livingston (see: Introducing…). His preference went to: Scrapyard Exotica by the Del Sol String Quartet [Label: Sono Luminus DSL-92193] with
music by Mohammed Fairouz, Ken Ueno and Mason Bates.
About the CD he says: “The Del Sol String Quartet releases Scrapyard Exotica,
featuring three premiere recordings by a triumvirate of today's hottest
composers. New works by Mason Bates, Ken Ueno, and Mohammed Fairouz,
two of which
were written specially for this
“The three composers on this album are leading figures in today’s
classical avant-garde, but their
voices couldn’t be more different.
The composers’ influences run the gamut from club beats to throat singing to Middle Eastern dance
beats, from the melodic beauty of Schubert to swinging jazzy grooves to the world of science fiction. Yet each piece is firmly rooted in the here and now, shedding light on a different facet of life in the 21st century.”