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102nd & Amsterdam

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102nd & Amsterdam is dedicated to by father, Raymond Boyce; this was the first of many New York addresses for him. My fathers stories of growing up in New York in the 40’s and 50’s cemented in my mind the idea of New York as The City, an idea strengthened by my own relocations and peregrinations. My father is a wonderful, if diffuse, storyteller, with many narrative elements being developed, abandoned, rediscovered and sometimes corrected; while writing this piece, I thought often of his kaleidoscopic rhetoric, not merely episodic, and yet open and unbounded.

The recording here was made in January, 2006 by Sumi Kudo (vc), Jessica Meyer (vla), and Miranda Cuckson (vln), all of whom rock profoundly.

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Guest said

ooooh sick

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another cultural landslide said


Guest said

i was born and raised on 135th. st. and amsterdam, im sure it was a far different place than when your father lived there in the 40s, yet this still evokes memories for me.e nice track

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jennifer said

P.S. Great bunch of string players you've got here. Wow!

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jennifer said

I've known people who fit the description of your father and (in memory) they sound and feel exactly like this. Bravo!

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Erik Spangler said

Great sensitivity to detail, strong sound images. Put some more tracks up here! Do you by any chance have any compositions that use the voice in a non-traditional way? I'm working on programming the upcoming season of Mobtown Modern, a new music series at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore that I recently started with saxophonist Brian Sacawa. One of the programs that is still open is called "More Than Words" (January), concentrating on innovative treatment of the human voice. Let me know if you have anything that could work for that. By the way, do you teach in the DC area? Best, Erik Spangler