Kraig Grady: Our Rainy Season / Nuilagi

Kraig Grady: Our Rainy Season / Nuilagi
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Kraig Grady: composer, metallophone
Jim Denley: bass flute, alto saxophone and wooden flute
Mike Majkowski: upright bass
Erin Barnes: metallophone
Jonathan Marmor: metallophone

"The two pieces on this album reflect the sounds and the duality of the 
experiences of our rainy seasons. The first is an internal reflection sifted 
through memories. The second is a realization of the very music played 
by the people of Anaphoria to give thanks to the rain.
 
Our Rainy Season features only two but highly skilled improvisers: Jim 
Denley and Mike Majkowski. The artists were asked to improvise on single 
notes with extreme pitch accuracy to within one tenth of a cent, which they 
could evaluate with the aid of a visual display while performing. While the 
tuning for Our Rainy Season is from Anaphoria, it resembles a scale once 
found among the Chopi people in the village of Mavila in Mozambique, an 
area that likewise experiences its own severe rainy season. In the process 
of composing another work, Beyond The Windows, it became more and 
more noticeable how various nuances of the performers’ gestures 
contributed to the feel and personality of the piece. It was in Our Rainy 
Season that these possibilities could be fully explored.
 
Nuilagi reflects the newer style of music-making found during the wet 
months of Anaphoria. We hear the sounds of rain embraced by the trio of 
metallophones playing in their Meta-Slendro scale. The piece celebrates 
the coming of the rainy season after the relentless dry season that 
precedes it. Anaphorian performers (pseudonyms used to confuse evil 
spirits): Erin Barnes, Jonathan Marmor, Kraig Grady."  (Kraig Grady)
 
 
Kraig Grady is a composer/decomposer/sound explorer. Since 1975 he 
has pursued the formation of ensembles of acoustic microtonal 
instruments of his own design/modification to explore an interaction with 
environmental spaces, the contextual influence of visionary space, and 
psychoacoustical pitch phenomena. Seeing personal fulfillment as not 
possible within the confines of specialization, he has also engaged 
extensively as a shadow puppeteer, tuning theorist, filmmaker, world 
music radio DJ and concert promoter. His compositions often include 
interactions with his own silent films and shadow plays.
 
The 90’s saw Grady’s first work connected to the activities of The North 
American Embassy of Anaphoria Island and more recently The 
Austronesian Outpost of Anaphoria. Both organizations serve to promote 
the visionary geographical culture of this island.
 
Despite the fact that the nature and size of his instruments make touring 
difficult and rare, his work has been presented at Ballhaus Naunyn Berlin 
(Germany), the Chateau de la Napoule (France), the Norton Simon 
Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), and 
the Pacific Asia Museum. Generally it has been within reach of his locales 
where he engages in most of his activities.
 
Track Titles:
1. Our Rainy Season  (49:12)
2. Nuilagi  (25:54)

Reviews and sound samples can be found here.

Release Info
Format CD
Country USA

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