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Andy Teirstein’s background in movement theater (he spent one winter in Mexico performing as a musical clown) have given him an inimical perspective on the dramatic possibilities of composition.
The works heard here translate theatrical physicality into a variety of musical impulses, drawing inspiration from Balkan, Gypsy and Jewish influences, the music of Bartók and Schoenberg, and setting the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and Robert Service.
The results juxtapose folk and new-music styles in a series of compelling and highly satisfying scenarios.
Andy Teirstein: Kopanitza
Andy Teirstein: Invention
Andy Teirstein: What is Left of Us
What is Left of Us
Andy Teirstein: Suite
Andy Teirstein: The Shooting of Dan McGrew
The Shooting of Dan McGrew
Andy Teirstein: 3 Movements for String Quartet and Folk Musician
II. Vest Pocket
III. East Virginia
Andy Teirstein: Turn Me Loose
I. The Old Trail
II. The Creek
III. The Rebbe's Dance
Andy Teirstein: Maramures (in memory of Jacob Glick)