Blue Latitudes

Posted by: Dave Douglas on September 10, 2006 @ 10:11 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Music

Many of you know that I wrote and performed a piece for chamber orchestra and improvisers called Blue Latitudes earlier this year. It was commissioned and performed by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with myself, Mark Dresser, and Susie Ibarra as soloists. Peter Rundel conducted.

The piece is in ten movements and runs about 60 minutes. I was given the luxury of six performances around the UK, with the last one being recorded at LSO St. Luke’s in London. Some of you may have heard the radio broadcast of the rough two-track mix. I was happy with the performance and looked forward to mixing the tapes for a release on Greenleaf Music.

As it turns out, there was a technical glitch on the recordings that will make a release of that performance impossible. So the bad news is that there will not, any time soon, be a recording available of this music. The good news is that BCMG is working on subsequent performances of the piece, potentially in the US. I hope that at that time we are able to document this work. Stay tuned for any news about this project.

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