Karen Tanaka (electronics), Madeleine Shapiro (cello), Jukka Tiensuu (electronics), Kaija Saariaho (electronics), Mario Davidovsky (electronics), Michael Gordon (electronics)

Catalog #: TROY0726
Release Date: February 1, 2005
Format: Digital

Madeleine Shapiro is a recognized figure in the field of contemporary music as a cellist, producer of chamber music concerts, and as a teacher. She has appeared as a solo recitalist throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. She has a strong commitment to performing works by living composers and has a repertoire of over 40 solo works by composers from the Americas, as well as Europe and Asia. The chamber ensemble ModernWorks, founded by Madeleine in 1997, presents an annual New York City concert series and has been heard yearly on the New York Consortium for New Music's prestigious Sonic Boom Festival and at other New York venues, including a series at the Museum of Arts and Design, as well as on NPR. She teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where she directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble and teaches classes in the performance practice of contemporary music. She writes: "My love for electro-acoustic works began as an undergraduate at The State University of New York at Stony Brook where it was suggested by the eminent violinist Paul Zukofsky that I learn Mario Davidovsky's Synchronisms No. 3, my first experience with a work by a living composer. My subsequent performance of this piece led to a life-long commitment to both works by living composers, and the electro-acoustic medium. The pieces on this CD were chosen for their wide range of musical expression, and for the variety of electronic technology they employ. Since 1964, when the Davidovsky was written, the developments in technology have been astounding. As a performer, I have found this revolution exhilarating, and embrace the expressive and coloristic possibilities that such technology has afforded us."


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
The Song of Songs for cello and electronics Karen Tanaka Madeleine Shapiro, cello
oddjob for cello and electronics Jukka Tiensuu Madeleine Shapiro, cello
Yi Feng for amplified solo cello Ge Gan-ru Madeleine Shapiro, cello
Petals for solo cello with electronics Kaija Saariaho Madeleine Shapiro, cello
Synchronisms No. 3 for cello and electronic sounds Mario Davidovsky Madeleine Shapiro, cello
Industry Michael Gordon Madeleine Shapiro, cello


  • "...a polystylistic collection of pieces that individually push both instrument and technology in unique ways."

    – Time Out New York

  • "Shapiro...is a sure-handed cellist with a great sense of drama."

    – The Jewish Week

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