Since his discovery in 1975 during the legendary Dutch TV programme compered by Willem Duys, his career has progressed from one climax to another. Introduced by Duys as the singing crane driver, Lee Towers has become a mainstay of Dutch show biz. Not only because of the many hits that he has scored over the years. But particularly because he paved the way for Dutch artistes to the major venues, which had previously appeared to be reserved for top acts from outside the country. The tale of a Rotterdam realist, who fulfilled his American dream…
I’m remixing and remastering recordings for the forthcoming Vector Lovers compilation, tentatively titled Electrospective. Tracks undergoing renovation include Girl + Robot, Nightwalking Your Memory, Lake Nocturne, Kissed You By The Fountain and Tokyo Glitterati. The increase in production quality is striking, when played side by side with the original mixes - especially listening on headphones. The compilation features a new track, Floating Point.
A stunning program of works for soloists with wind ensemble is presented in this recording made by the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble. Acclaimed saxophonist Timothy McAllister performs a work by Daniel McCarthy inspired by the funk-horn band, Tower of Power. Brian Luce, a superlative flutist, performs in one of a handful of works written for flute with wind ensemble, while the great Jonathan Haas is joined by timpanist Gary Cook in performing Glass work for 14 timpani with wind ensemble, creating a new sound out of the incredibly large sonorities.
The Russian composer Elena Langer, now resident in Britain, draws on influences from her native country (Shostakovich, especially in the chamber orchestration of these songs), from Britain (from Britten to Thomas Adès), and from continental Europe. As a song composer she is able to convey lightness even when dealing with serious material such as the title song cycle setting poems by Lee Harwood (most of the songs on the album are in English). These songs subtly depict love triangles, some of them with both straight and gay elements. Even better are the genuinely playful pieces.