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Still, once the work Prelude To Grandmother - Robert Ashley - Celestial Excursions (CD) was done, I immediately plunged into one of my favorite recent releases, and fell in love all over again. Ashley has long enjoyed a proud position among American mavericks for his idiosyncratic vocal works and music dramas, such as She Was a Visitor, Perfect Lives and Atalanta Acts Prelude To Grandmother - Robert Ashley - Celestial Excursions (CD) God.

Recently, however, his work has taken on a deep, rich sort of emotionalism, abstract yet verging on sentimentality, that I find immensely moving. This was certainly the case with Dust, Ashley's rumination on the marginalization of homeless people. When I first encountered Celestial Excursions, at the Kitchen in AprilI initially felt it was a less trenchant work, despite its similar emphasis on emotional displacement, this time among the elderly.

A recording made during that run, however, has proven me wrong -- something I'm happy Prelude To Grandmother - Robert Ashley - Celestial Excursions (CD) admit. Part of the problem I'd had during the performance, I hesitate to confess, was my inability to connect with the visual tableaux that performance artist Joan Jonas enacted onstage.

The show was certainly striking; you can see so for yourself in the stills posted here. Additionally, one feature of Ashley's musical language in the piece is a layering of multiple lines of narrative; it was hard to know on first encounter just where to focus at any given time.

As others have noted, this kind of simultaneity extends Prelude To Grandmother - Robert Ashley - Celestial Excursions (CD) the way back to medieval motets. Your point is? On record, this doesn't pose a problem. Each voice can be clearly discerned, and you've got the option of paying attention to different threads in repeated auditions. It's clear that Ashley must have had a decisive impact on artists such as Laurie Anderson and Mikel Rouse.

But honestly, this score -- conversational lines spoken over burbling synthesizer backgrounds, punctuated by pianist "Blue" Gene Tyranny's cocktail tinklings -- wouldn't alienate admirers of the Residents, or even broad-minded Depeche Mode fans. I'm sure there must be some. Goodbye Walnut Act II — "Asylum" The List Ozzie Smith 2. Prelude to Therapy 3.

Therapy 4. Prelude to Nightmare 5. Obviously best appreciated in a theater, where the audience's Prelude To Grandmother - Robert Ashley - Celestial Excursions (CD) is more focused on the performers, Celestial Excursions is perhaps better heard in small sections and followed closely with the booklet when studied at home. Lovely Music's sound is exceptional. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript.

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