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Song from the Chinese

by Rosalie Kaplan & Marco Cappelli

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In honor of Benjamin Britten’s centennial, Rosalie Kaplan and Marco Cappelli present new arrangements of the composer’s cycle "Songs from the Chinese." With processed voice and electric guitar, Kaplan and Cappelli present dramatic readings that reimagine each song using elements of jazz, rock, folk, surf guitar and downtown music.

Beginning with a traditional take on "The Big Chariot," the duo’s unique mode becomes clear in their haunting rendition of "The Old Lute." In the spirit with which the composer set ancient Chinese texts in his own musical idiom, Kaplan and Cappelli draw from their myriad influences as they continue to transform each song, including a folk rendition of "The Herd-Boy," a detuned slide guitar accompaniment in "Depression," and a distorted, charged "Dance Song." This venturesome session celebrates the composer’s work and forges a new approach to its performance in the 21st century.

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released November 15, 2013

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