First recordings of these works from Seattle-based composer Janice Giteck, supervised by the composer. Greatly influenced by Native American music, her compositions are in turn rhythmic and meditative, ritualitsic and serene. Ms. Giteck's works strive to recapture the ancient musical attributes of ritual and trance, exploring ways in which music can be a truly healing experience.
Giteck has studied with Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud, with subsequent studies of Indonesian Gamelan music with Daniel Schmidt and percussion with the master drummer from Ghana, Obo Addy.
Guest artists with the New Performance Group of the Cornish Institute (Seattle) include the popular Windham Hill recording artist Andy Narrell on steel drums and tenor John Duykers, who appeared as Chairman Mao in John Adams' Nixon in China.
released February 6, 1988
New Performance Group (1-11)
Thomasa Eckert soprano (11)
John Duykers tenor (12)
Andy Narrell steel-drums (12)
Deborah Deloria string-bass (12)