Composer/Modern Guitarist Lawrence Blatt Announces the Release of Emergence- Produced by Will Ackerman.
“Scientists who study these natural phenomenon have begun to understand the concept that diverse patterns can be derived from simple rules, which often lead to unexpected outcomes. This scientific concept has been given the name, Emergence and is now a central theme in the exploration of varied biological, as well as inorganic systems. I became intrigued by the biological applications of emergence several years ago and I have now utilized the underling tenants of this theory to produce my new musical project entitled, Emergence. For each composition, I wrote the basic guitar part by strictly adhering to musical rules of chord progression and scale theory. For the solo instrumentals that played on the album, no written music was given to individual performers. Instead, I instructed them on the 'allowable' movement based on guidance from musical theory and practice. What emerged from this exercise was far greater than I could have ever imagined.”
Produced by Grammy winning artist/producer Will Ackerman, Emergence has an A-list of solo instrumentalists including Charlie Bisharat and Lila Sklar on violins, Eugene Friesen on Cello, Sam Bevan on double bass, Jill Haley on English horn, Richard "Gus" Sebring on French Horn and Jim Rothermel on Penny Whistle.
Following the release of the album Will Ackerman stated, “There's a fine line when dealing with an artist's musical evolution. You want to hear growth and want to experience the joy of an artist finding new challenges and mastering them, but you also want to hear the intact musical voice of the artist who's work you've come to love. Lawrence Blatt's newest release, Emergence, offers the perfect balance of these worlds. Lawrence's guitar compositions have always been abundant in melody, but his new work displays a grace and nuance beyond even his brilliant initial releases. In Emergence he explores a wide range of styles and tempos while maintaining the delicate sense of unity and cohesiveness that the overall program generously provides. We're witnessing an artist who is growing and is doing so by refining his craft. This is not an artist who has grown bored of his work and has left us behind… quite the contrary his new work is distinctively his own and has only grown richer.”
As with all of his previous releases, Blatt explains that, “I didn't set out to make an album of any particular genre. My music includes simple tunes, ones that are harmonically and rhythmically complex, some with a modern-sounding edge, and others with a mysterious quality and feeling that could have been written in the 18th century. As a solo instrumentalist, my guitar is my voice, and I have a lot I want to say.”
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