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.
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