Kitty Brazelton's chamber music -
given a keen ear by
'... some attractive surface work ...'
Those who may have been well tuned in to New York's energetically progressive
music scene may be no strangers to the exuberant Kitty Brazelton through
her several incarnations as the leader of rock bands, her singing and songwriting,
her excursions into teaching, and her enthusiasm for composing chamber music
over the past thirty years. She has been BMI Composer in Residence at LaGuardia
High School of Music & Arts in New York City and a visiting artist at
the Lincoln Centre, New York University and Columbia, and on her way through
has persuaded students to 'find their own voices' -- no bad thing as long
as the students have means to acquire the technical resources to put their
own voices to good use.
Now, a long way from her first rock band Musica Orbis, that won East
Coast acclaim in the late 1970s, she is inaugurating her new 'digital-chamber-punk
band' What Is It Like To Be A Bat? bringing computer-generated material
into her live shows -- the on-stage performer in her being perhaps her strongest
And after all that comes this CD of her most recent chamber music compositions,
a strange miscellany of part improvised pieces self consciously trying to
avoid owing anything much to any dominant 'ism' of our multi-faceted times.
'We can't say what needs to be said in languages that no longer reflect
the way we live', she is quoted as saying. But how much of what is on this
CD 'needs to be said'?
Copyright © 15 January 2003
Patric Standford, West Yorkshire, UK