Little Spectacle
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Cutting edge works for clarinet, bass clarinet and electronics are performed by Jessica Lindsey and Christy Banks.

Clarinetists Jessica Lindsey and Christy Banks formed the Spatial Forces Duo in 2008 and since that time have toured the U.S., Canada, China, Italy, New Zealand, and Belgium. Their goal is to stretch the sonic possibilities of the traditional clarinet duo and have commissioned composers of diverse backgrounds to write works for them. Christy Banks is on the faculty at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and has studied at the University of Nebraska and Florida State University. She is bass clarinetist for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. Jessica Lindsey, on the faculty at UNC Charlotte, and has studied at the University of Nebraska and the University of Colorado. She performs with the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra.
Contents:
Alex Temple, composer
This Changes Everything
Christy Banks (clarinet); Jessica Lindsey (bass clarinet)

Rusty Banks, composer
BiValve
Jessica Lindsey (bass clarinet); Christy Banks (bass clarinet)

Sarah Horick, composer
District Grooves
Jessica Lindsey (bass clarinet); Christy Banks (bass clarinet)

Cory Dundee, composer
little spectacle
Christy Banks (clarinet); Jessica Lindsey (bass clarinet)

Meredith Butterworth, composer
At Least One
Christy Banks (clarinet); Jessica Lindsey (clarinet); Christy Banks (bass clarinet)

John Drumheller, composer
The View from Dead Horse Point
Christy Banks (clarinet); Jessica Lindsey (bass clarinet)

Jessica Lindsey, composer
Beast
Jessica Lindsey (bass clarinet); Christy Banks (bass clarinet)

Review:
The Clarinetists Jessica Lindsey and Christy Banks have been plugging away as Spatial Forces Duo for well over a decade now, and in that time they sure have pushed the boundaries of their instrument as they’ve commissioned a very diverse set of composers to write songs for them. Alex Temple’s “This Changes Everything” opens the listen with Banks’ b-flat clarinet and Lindsey’s bass clarinet interacting playfully amid the intially busy atmosphere and retreats to calm further into the track, and “Bivalve” follows with a lower register as Lindsey’s bass clarinet is manipulated with much skill and poise. Further on, the title track, by Corey Dundee, moves calmly, with much emotion in Banks’ b-flat clarinet, while “At Least One” buzzes more firmly with Lindsey’s b-flat prowess providing much towards the mood. The final two tracks, “GEcho Chamber” and “Load Of Bull”, use electronics in a sci-fi sort of way that meshes with the classical spirit of the woodwinds in unpredictable and exciting ways, where the latter even sounds like a bull. Both Lindsey and Banks have exceptional resumes, and their collective strengths make for a very atypical listening experience that you’re not going to hear anywhere else. (takeeffectreviews.com)
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