MASON BATES RELEASES 'MOTHERSHIP' ON BMOP/sound

12.09.15
Mason Bates
BMOP/sound

Mason Bates: Mothership
Composer: Mason Bates (b. 1977)
Performers: Jason Moran (FH Rhodes), Su Chang (guzheng), and BMOP led by Gil Rose

Tracks:
[1]
Mothership (2010)
[2] Sea-Blue Circuitry (2010)
[3] Attack Decay Sustain Release (2013)
[4] Rusty Air in Carolina (2006)
[5] Desert Transport (2010)

BMOP/sound features innovative San Francisco-based composer Mason Bates on its latest release. The disc's eponymous work, Mothership, received its premiere in a live broadcast from the Sydney Opera House with the YouTube Symphony in 2001. Bates, who enjoys a parallel career as a DJ and curator of pioneering new music projects, integrates electronic sounds with the orchestra in Mothership-also featuring special guest improvisers Jason Moran on FM Rhodes and Su Chang on guzheng-and in the Appalachian-inspired Rusty Air in Carolina. Bates channels the depths of the ocean and Arizonan desert vistas, respectively, in Sea-Blue Circuitry and Desert Transport. With the witty, agile concert opener Attack Decay Sustain Release, this collection demonstrates why Mason Bates has become one of the most-performed orchestral composers of the present day. His works are given exceptionally insightful and polished performances by the expert Boston Modern Orchestra Project under conductor Gil Rose.

The album includes several of Bates's most-performed works in addition to ones that marked artistic breakthroughs for the composer. "It's such a rare and cherished opportunity to write for orchestra...and rarer still to have the pieces make it onto a CD," writes Bates. "Until this moment, very few pieces could be heard outside the concert hall. So the release of this CD is an incredibly special moment for me. These five works provide a look into a part of my musical world that I've been eager to record for a long time."

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