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ROSENFELD, MARINA - Teenage Lontano

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Room40 RM4121
Release Year: 2021
Note: two sound-art / performance works by the US American composer, feat. choral material from teenagers: "Teenage Lontano" is based on a classic orchestral LIGETI's piece from 1960 using dissonant polychords and spheric electronics, "Roygbiv&b" fragments and incantations of songs that swell and dissipate... really special stuff, recorded in New York (Park Avenue Amory) and London (South London Gallery)
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Teenage Lontano and roygbiv&b, from 2008 and 2011 respectively, comprise two key works by composer and artist Marina Rosenfeld. Both works are choral compositions imagined for and enacted by teenagers.

Premiered in New Yorks immense Park Avenue Armory, Teenage Lontano is Rosenfelds groundbreaking "cover version" of Hungarian composer Gyrgy Ligetis 1960s classic for orchestra. Teenage Lontano is reimagined as an immersive sound environment bisected by a column of teenagers in headphones. Beneath a loudspeaker rotating at the phonographic speed of 33 1/3 rpm, the teens' collective voices produce a hauntingly vulnerable account of Ligetis dissonant polychords. Teenage Lontano has been performed on three continents, including a French premiere in 2020 as part of Musica Strasbourg.

In roygbiv&b, asynchronous, sometimes raucous incantations of song fragments swell and dissipate, loosely organized around a purposeful mis-hearing of the acronym ROYGBIV: in Rosenfelds version, r evokes are' (as in, "Are you that somebody...);, o is 'oh' (Oh, oh, oh); y becomes 'why' (Why should my heart...); g is 'je (sus)', and so on. The extra 'b' in the works title pays homage to the blue(s) of r&b.

Rosenfelds punning, spectral composition had its debut performance at the Museum of Modern Art in 2011. The recording featured on this edition took place at the South London Gallery in 2014 realised by local south Londoners, the recording highlighting their style and genre affiliations. Both works have remained unpublished until now.

Side A
Teenage Lontano, 2008
Recorded on March 8, 2008 at the Park Avenue Armory by Arup Acoustics for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Special thanks to Art Production Fund, Bob Bielecki, Raj Patel and all of the NYC performers

Side B
roygbiv&b (Version for South London), 2014
Recorded on June 11, 2014 at South London Gallery, London by Mick Ritchie. Special thanks to Simon Parris, Avid Williams and the talented vocal stylists of Peckham and Brooklyn
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space