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Nonextraneous Sounds

Nonextraneous Sounds by Mariel Roberts
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Innova
In which an up-and-coming cellist on the contemporary classical scene plays a series of challenging pieces composed with her in mind. On Andy Akiho's "Three Shades, Foreshadows" -- a piece that employs three different digital playback parts alongside live cello playing -- Roberts' command of extended techniques (including clothespin-on-cello usage) and more traditional requirements proves breathtaking. "Formations," written by the young composer and one-bit-electronics fetishist Tristan Perich, is the longest piece on the album, and also the most arresting.
Seth Colter Walls