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Anxiety of Influence

Meridian Arts Ensemble

Frank Zappa, Claude Debussy, Stephen Barber, Daniel Grabois, Traditional, Stanley Silverman, Raymond G. Stewart

SKU: 9796

Year of release: 1996

Zappa Medley 18:37
1. Run Home Slow Frank Zappa 01:19
2. The Little March Frank Zappa 01:30
3. Little House I Used To Live In (Piano Introduction) Frank Zappa 03:03
4. Little House I Used To Live In (Ensemble) Frank Zappa 04:57
5. The Black Page (Drum Solo) Frank Zappa 02:02
6. The Black Page (Ensemble) Frank Zappa 05:43
7. Sarabande Claude Debussy 04:13
8. Semahane Stephen Barber 21:50
9. Zen Monkey Daniel Grabois 07:41
10. El Solitario Traditional 05:10
11. Variations on a Theme of Kurt Weill Stanley Silverman 13:22
12. Okay Chorale Raymond G. Stewart 01:06
13. KOHS-Ska Raymond G. Stewart 04:11
Total time: 76:14

About this album

All artists seek their own creative identity or voice. The process often begins with emulation and imitation of the models already established. But the process can also involve rejection of that which has come before. This desire, this need to be different and new, this distancing from ones artistic forebears, is the anxiety of influence. On this sixth Meridian album, we have continued on our course through uncharted waters. In our quest for new sounds, we have added piano to the Ensemble for this disc, and have selected repertoire which romps through this new sonic spectrum. Works by Ensemble members, commissioned works, and pieces by some of our favorite composers comprise the music on this disc. We hope that the anxiety of influence, leading us away from the past, will push us ever forward. Meridian Arts Ensemble Frank Zappa (1940-1993) – Run Home Slow, The Little March, Little House I Used to Live In, The Black Page

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American Record Guide

(...) certainly one of the top brass quintets anywhere (...)

Christian Calson

(...) M.A.E. new release is fair warning for how much passion and life there can be in chamber pieces.


(...) de groep realiseert hier die nauwluisterende mengeling van losheid en precisie die bij Zappa hoort. (...)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog Convertersony
Mastering EquimentSony DAE 3000
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording Formatpcm 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateFebruary 1996
Recording LocationDoopgezinde Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks