Maria Bachmann, violin 1, Deborah Buck, violin 2, Kathryn Lockwood, viola, Astrid Schween, cello. Three movements from songs by Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn/collaborators: I - I'm Beginning to See the Light; II - Sophisticated Lady; III - Take the A Train.
Inspired by composer's frequent visit to Cuba over last decade. Three movements: I - Manisero (peanut vender's cry in Old Havana); II. Guajira (deconstructs unofficial national anthem of Cuba) ; III - Timba (illustrating connections between music and dance in Cuban history).
John Harbaugh, trumpet; Madeline Schatz, conductor. Three movements: I - Dirty Devil; II - Dark Canyon; III. White Canyon. Each of the movements was inspired by tributary canyons in the north end of Lake Powell in Southern Utah.