Sixth Species

Leticia Oaks Strong (viola), Timothy Durkovic (piano), Joanna Kurkowicz (violin), Andrew Talle (cello), Nina Ferrigno (piano), Robert Schulz (drums), Frost Saxophone Quartet, Liber Unusualis, Atlantic Brass Quintet

Catalog #: TROY1044
Release Date: August 1, 2008
Format: Digital

Lansing McLoskey (b.1964) came to the world of composition via a somewhat unorthodox route. The proverbial "Three B's" for him were The Beatles, Bauhaus and Black Flag. His first experiences in composition were as a guitarist and songwriter for punk rock bands in the Bay Area in the early 1980s. It was through these years in the visceral world of punk that he first developed a love for classical music. Hailed as "one of the best composers of (his) generation," McLoskey has had his music performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in 12 other countries on five continents. His music has an emotional intensity that appeals to academic and amateur alike, defying traditional stylistic pigeonholes.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Wild Bells Lansing McLoskey Leticia Oaks-Strong, viola, Timothy Durkovic, piano
Ok-Ok Lansing McLoskey Frost Saxophone Quartet
Solsange Lansing McLoskey Melanie Germond, soprano, Carolann Buff, alto, William Hudson, tenor
Tinted Lansing McLoskey Joanna Kurkowicz, violin, Andrew Talle, cello, Nina Ferrigno, piano
Glaze Lansing McLoskey Atlantic Brass Quintet, Robert Schulz, drum kit


  • ", compelling and fascinating music...given first-class advocacy by the various ensembles and 'sixthspecies' offers a bracing sampler from an engaging, greatly gifted composer I hope to hear more from."

    – Gramophone

  • "Lansing McLoskey's compositions on this CD present contemporary music that engages the listener with a variety of styles and instrumentation. Saxophoonists should look forward to any future compositions by Mr. McLoskey for our instrument..."

    – The Saxophone Symposium

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