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A composer whose music incorporates the myriad influences of the world and its music.

Joseph Waters writes, "I find this juxtaposition of contemporary electro-acoustic ephemera with a collection of musical instruments and a performance practice that predates the age of technology to be simultaneously anachronistic and engaging. It is my goal to create strong and deep tie lines that connect the present surface to the ancient seabed miles below. This is my celebratory reaction to our current milieu, which juxtaposes Mozart one minute with rap music the next. There are many connections between them, which I find fascinating and exhilarating." This music bears tribute to Debussy and Messiaen (Ocean Eyes), explores Afro-Cuban influences (Witches of the Unconscious) and the worlds of seabirds and exotic marine life (Ghosts and Aloiloi) as well as the phenomenon of intense fright when suddenly awakening from a deep sleep (Kanashibari) and the onset of morning (Loneliness). Born in 1952, Waters is Associate Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electro-Acoustic and Media Composition at San Diego State University. His first musical experiences included playing in a rock band, and the myriad influences of the world and its music figure in his own compositions.
Contents:
Joseph Waters, composer
Ocean Eyes
Todd Kuhns, clarinet, Ron Blessinger, violin, Phili Hansen, cello, Susan Smith, piano

Joseph Waters, composer
Witches of the Unconscious-Son Clave
Bakken Trio

Joseph Waters, composer
Ghosts of the Evening Tides
Bakken Trio

Joseph Waters, composer
Aloilo, Pakuikui
Bakken Trio

Joseph Waters, composer
Kanashibari
Philip Hansen, cello

Joseph Waters, composer
Loneliness of the Sun
Bakken Trio

Review:
"...a fascinating...program..." (American Record Guide)

"... a skilled, provocative composer of diverse music for acoustic and electronic instruments...." (Eugene Weekly)