Common Ground
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An exciting collection of chamber works from a composer with a unique, distinctive voice.

Born in Bad Gastein, Austria, Gernot Wolfgang is a graduate of USC's "Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV," and also holds degrees from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Austria University of Music in Graz. He has received commissions from individuals and organizations such as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Verdehr Trio, bassoonist David Breidenthal, flutist Susan Greenberg and the Jazz Bigband Graz. As a guitarist with the Austrian ensemble "The QuARTet," he has recorded two critically-acclaimed CDs. He currently resides in Los Angeles. He writes, "As a former jazz guitarist, rhythms are a top priority for me. Specifically, rhythms (grooves) that can be found in 20th century music styles such as jazz, rock, pop, world music, etc. I have made it my mission to find ways of organically incorporating grooves into orchestral or chamber music settings, hence the subtitle of this CD. That doesn't mean that all of the music is based on grooves all of the time, but grooves play important roles within the individual pieces. My goal is to allow them to have an equal standing among other compositional devices already established in contemporary concert music."
Contents:
Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Metamorphosis
Margaret Batjer, violin, Brian Dembow, viola, Stephen Erdody, cello, Robert Thies, piano

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Common Ground
Judith Farmer, bassoon, Armen Ksajikian, cello

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Jazz & Cocktails
Tereza Stanislav, violin, Cecilia Tsan, cello, Robert Thies, piano

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Dual Identity
Judith Farmer, bassoon

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Thin Air
Margaret Batjer, violin, Brian Dembow, viola, Stephen Erdody, cello

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Night Shift
Delores Stevens, piano

Review:
"...clever, engaging, and subtle in its appeal; it is all good fun without being simplistic in the least." (Fanfare)
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