A Quiet Madness immerses the listener in a peculiarly specific and undeniably beautiful sound world that is both absorbing and thought-provoking.
The album brings together premiere recordings of recent solo and duo pieces composed from 2006 to 2013, including Aria for violin and piano, Quiet Rhythms nos. 1, 5 and 7 for piano, Seven Scenes for Four Flutes, and Zydeco Madness for Bayan accordion.
Soloists include Karen Bentley Pollick one of America’s foremost contemporary violinists, award-winning Sicilian pianist/composer Francesco Di Fiore, leading New York City-based flutist Patricia Zuber, and two-time first prize winner of the Bayan Competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas Venglevski.
A Quiet Madness was recorded in the US on both coasts and in the Midwest, as well as Sicily including Belmont, California, New York City, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and, Catania, Italy.
AllMusic calls William Susman an exemplar of “the next developments in the sphere . . . of minimalism,” and textura describes him as “not averse to letting his affection for Afro-Cuban, jazz, and other forms seep into his creative output.” His music has earned praise from The New York Times for being “vivid, turbulent, and rich-textured,” from Gramophone as “textur- ally shimmering and harmonically ravishing,” and from Fanfare for being “crystalline . . . and gloriously lyrical.”
Karen Bentley Pollick, violin (track 1)
William Susman, piano (track 1)
Francesco Di Fiore, piano (tracks 2, 4, 6)
Patricia Zuber, flute (track 3)
Stas Venglevski, accordion (track 5)
Music by William Susman
Produced by William Susman
Album Mixing by John Kilgore
Mastered by Alan Silverman at Arf! Mastering, New York City
Liner Notes by Rebecca Lentjes
Photo Credit (cover, geometric and composer) by Rick Chapman
Album Design by Valeria Di Matteo
All compositions © 2006-2013 by William Susman & Susman Music (ASCAP)
Recorded and mixed by Cookie Marenco and Patrick O’Connor at OTR Studios, Belmont, CA, February 24, 2014 (track 1)
Recorded by Francesco Di Fiore at FDF Studio, Catania, Italy, November 2016 (track 2, 4, 6)
Recorded and mixed by John Kilgore at Kilgore Sound, New York City, March to May 2018 (track 3)
Recorded by Dan Gnader at eDream Studio, Milwaukee, WI, May 2013 (track 5)
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