Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Release date: May 15, 2015, harmonia mundi; awarded Diapason d'Or in June 2015
Making its harmonia mundi début, Ensemble Signal performs Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, a seminal work by a pioneering composer who changed the course of 20th-century music.
“Signal has made an extraordinary recording of Music for 18 Musicians. Fast moving, spot on and emotionally charged. Take a listen.” -Steve Reich
This recording was made during a residency at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (EMPAC).
Michael Gordon / David Lang / Julia Wolfe: Shelter
Shelter is the product of an unusual three-way collaboration among Bang on a Can’s founding composers. Scored for three sopranos and 17-piece ensemble, Shelter explores and contrasts what the concept of shelter means to different cultures, ranging from a typical suburban American home, to a Jewish or Muslim home. Signal’s premiere recording of Shelter, under the musical direction of Brad Lubman and production of Michael Riesman, is available on Bang on a Can’s Cantaloupe Label. Released 2013.
Works by Helmut Lachenmann
In Spring 2010, iconoclastic German avant-garde composer Helmut Lachenmann joined Brad Lubman and Signal as soloist for a series of rare appearances in the US, in a program highlighting Lachenmann’s groundbreaking work over the past 50 years. These performances were recorded at EMPAC and include Lachenmann performing his solo piano pieces Guero, Ein Kinderspiel, and Wiegenmusik, as well the narration in “...Zwei Gefühle...” Additionally, Signal Co-Artistic Director Lauren Radnofsky performs Pression for Solo Cello. Now available on CD and DVD in 5.1 surround sound, on Mode Records. Released 2012.
Respect Sextet Holiday Album: Respect in Yule Featuring Ensemble Signal + Brad Lubman
Guests artists from Ensemble Signal make a special appearance on this eclectic holiday album, and Brad Lubman can be heard on Timpani! Available on Mode/Avant Records.
Philip Glass: Glassworks + Music in Similar Motion
In a live recording from (le) Poisson Rouge, Signal and Brad Lubman collaborate with long-time Philip Glass Ensemble Music Director, pianist, and recording producer Michael Riesman. Available on Philip Glass’ Orange Mountain Music Label, Signal’s recording marks the first recording of Glassworks since the original 1981 CBS version, for which Riesman also played keyboards and produced. Released 2011.
Sarah Kirkland Snider: Penelope Songs
Penelope is a song cycle by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, with lyrics by playwright Ellen McLaughlin, featuring vocalist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman. Penelope is inspired by Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. Suspended somewhere between art song, indie rock, and chamber folk, the music moves organically from moments of elegiac string-and-harp reflection to dusky post-rock textures with drums guitars and electronics. Currently available on New Amsterdam Records. Released 2010.
No. 1, Time Out New York Top 10 Classical Albums of 2010
National Public Radio Top 5 Genre-Defying Albums of 2010
WNYC New Sounds (John Schaefer), Top 10 Albums of 2010