Richard Karpen Nam Mái / Strandlines
Neuma 450-119, 2019
Nam Mái (2014-15) and Strandlines (2006-7) are cornerstones of the most recent work of American composer Richard Karpen, presented on this recording with stunning clarity by the Seattle Symphony Strings and the Six Tones. The two works share a radical approach to musical composition, which has brought Karpen into intense collaborations with a number of musicians from very different traditions over the past fifteen years. With a wish to explore forms of musical creation emerging from the very fabric of the sounding material – rather than from the abstraction of the written score – this music is largely conceived through joint exploration, and through the kind of responsive listening often associated with the processes of composing electronic music.
Strandlines, a large-scale piece for 6-string guitar and computer, was vital in this development. The piece was created in 2006 and 2007 through an extensive collaborative process, involving Richard Karpen and the guitarist Stefan Östersjö.
Nam Mái is the third and most ambitious work with the Six Tones in which Karpen employs these methods of collaboration with a larger group of performers.
NEUMA 450-119, 2019