Michael Pugliese


mode 25

Perkin’ at Merkin


mode 25 Michael PUGLIESE: percussion works of Iannis XENAKIS: Psappha; Morton FELDMAN: King of Denmark; John CAGE: Music for Four; Nils VIGELAND: Progress; Per NØRGÅRD: Waves; Henry MANCINI: Peter Gunn

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Perkin' at Merkin

1. IANNIS XENAKIS (b.1922)

Psappha (1976)  16:02

2. MORTON FELDMAN (b.1926-87)

The King of Denmark (1964)  5:38  First CD release

3. NILS VIGELAND (b.1950)

Progress (1984)  21:41  First recording

4. JOHN CAGE (b.1912-1992)

Music for Four (1984)  14:46  First recording*

5. PER NØRGÅRD (b.1922)

Waves (1969)  11:20

6. HENRY MANCINI (b.1924-1995)

Theme from Peter Gunn (1976)  5:10  First recording*

* with Kory Grossman, Christopher Nappi and William Trigg, percussion

Arranged for percussion quartet by Michael Pugliese

Some of the finest major works for percussion collected on one disc for the first time. Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company percussionist Michael Pugliese’s recital was recorded live with its raw energy in spectacular sound. The program begins with Xenakis’ ominous, virtuostic Psappha for solo percussion, making vivid contrast to Feldman’s The King of Denmark, a delicately detailed work played piannisimo throughout. Vigeland’s Progress sets Pugliese’s live performance against a backdrop of taped percussion sounds, with bursts of pitched and non-pitched percussion sounds standing out against a layer of shimmering, harmonically elusive marimba figures. Cage’s Music for Four, scoredfor four percussionists playing over 200 instruments, received its world premiere at the concert. Nørgård’sWaves builds pulsating waves of sounds from congas, almglocken, tam-tams, cymbals and the bouncing of rubber balls on timpani. The recital climaxes with Pugliese’s arrangement of the classic Mancini TV-theme for PETER GUNN for four percussionists, of which Allan Kozinn of the New York Times said: “…(an) astonishingly vital, amusing and rambunctious arrangement.” 76 minutes of music!


Michael Pugliese on Mode:
Luciano Berio: The Great Works for Voice (mode 48)
John Cage: Volume 1 (mode 1/2)
Anne LeBaron: (mode 30)
Michael Pugliese: Perkin’ at Merkin (mode 25)
Bernadette Speach: Without Borders (mode 16)

John Cage on Mode:
John Cage Profile/Discography

Iannis Xenakis on Mode:
Iannis Xenakis Profile/Discography

Morton Feldman on Mode:
Aki Takahashi plays Morton Feldman (mode 54)
Vol. 2:  First Recordings: 1950s-with the Turfan Ensemble
(mode 66)
Vol. 3:  Complete Works for Violin and Piano-Sabat/Clarke Duo
(mode 82/83, 2-CDs)
Vol. 4:  The Straits of Magellan – Indeterminate Music – with the
Turfan Ensemble (mode 103)

William Trigg on Mode:
Luciano Berio: The Great Works for Voice (mode 48)
Anne LeBaron: (mode 30)
Newband Plays Microtonal Works (mode 18)
Musicians’ Accord: Chamber Music for Voice (mode 23)
Michael Pugliese: Perkin’ at Merkin (mode 25)

Nils Vigeland on Mode:
Bernadette Speach: Without Borders (mode 16)

Michael Pugliese: profile

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