Benjamin Sabey: Winter Shore

Arditti Quartet, Hilary Demske, Felix Olschofka, Pablo Gomez, Reiko Manabe, Tara O'Conor, Jean Kopperud, Christopher Oldfather, Dominic Donato, Laura Frautschi, Emmanuel Feldman, Efrain Guigui

Catalog #: TROY1560
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Format: Digital

Benjamin Sabey is a composer of chamber, live computer interactive and orchestral music, which has been performed by distinguished ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the New York New Music Ensemble and Red Fish Blue Fish, among many others. He is the recipient of two Barlow Endowment Commissions and the Royaumont Prize of Domaine Forget. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Sabey has taught composition, theory and electronic music at San Francisco State University, the University of San Diego and San Diego City College. Hearing Sabey's music, one senses that he is, to use Toru Takemitsu's lovely phrase, "confronting silence." Confrontations take many forms: encounter, challenge, transaction, even embrace. The mystery of Sabey's music is in not knowing which form the confrontation will take. This recording of his music, performed by some of America's best musicians, offers insight into Sabey's distinctive compositional voice.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Owl Benjamin Sabey Arditti Quartet
Ecstatic Aspen Benjamin Sabey Hilary Demske, piano
Phoenix Benjamin Sabey Felix Olschofka, violin with interactive electronics
Espejismo Benjamin Sabey Pablo Gomez, guitar with interactive electronics
Arc Flicker Benjamin Sabey Reiko Manabe, flute
Winter Shore Benjamin Sabey Tara O'Conor, flute; Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Christopher Oldfather, piano; Dominic Donato, percussion; Laura Frautschi, violin; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Efrain Guigui, conductor


  • "Benjamin Sabey writes music that reveals a brilliant technique and a keen ear for sound, timbre and arc, which makes each of the six pieces a unique experience, riveting and comprehensible in its own self-referencing universe."

    – Gramophone

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