Yusef Lateef - Fantasia for Flute

Yusef Lateef –, bass flute, C flute, alto flute, pneumatic bamboo flute, moan flute, tenor bamboo flute, duckaphone, keyboards and shannie.

Composer and percussionist ADAM RUDOLPII has traveled worldwide studying music languages and cosmologies as well as performing at numerous music festivals and concerts. His most recent work is The Dreamer., a culturally syncretic opera based on "The Birth of Tragedy" by F. Nietzsche. It is available from META records at 2024 Glencoe Ave. Venice, CA 90291 (Tel: 310 397 1316 fax: 310 397 7116). It is also available through Northcountry Distributors as is his 1995 release Skyway on Soulnote records. Other recent releases include Moving Pictures featuring L. Shankar and Gi* of the Gwana featuring Don Cherry and Hassan Hakmoun, both available from Flying Fish/Rounder records. Another recent work is a compositional collaboration with Dr. Yusef Lateef entitled The World at Peace. This work for 12 musicians was commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation with Meet the Composer and received it's world premiere in June of 1995.

"In developing the percussion music commissioned by Dr. Lateef the recording of Flute Fantasia, I had no knowledge beforehand of what other sounds and forms he might use in conjunction with mine. Therefore, in facing this blank canvas, I attempted to create percussion compositions with both space and variety. Respecting both the silence and the sound. - Adam Rudolph

This is GREG SNEDEKER's second compact disc recording as an electronic composer. He has studied electronic composition under Charles Bestor and is currently on the faculty at UMass teaching electronic music. He is also known for his work as a cellist and pianist. He performs throughout New England with various groups including the Isosceles duo, Pavor Nocturnus Jazz Quintet, and Crosswalk Balk. Crosswalk Balk released their own CD in October 1995. He has also recorded on CD as an improvisational cellist with Nashville award winning fiddler Randy Howard. His compositions have had premier performances by music faculty members of UMass and Central Washington University, as well as the CMU Jazz Ensemble, and his piece entitled "Bride and Groom" was included on a Downbeat award winning recording.

The electronic music on this CD was created with an Ensonig TS-12 Synthesizer and a Power Macintosh computer. Opcode's software program MAX was also used in some pieces. Using the internal sampled waveforms of the TS-1 2, the samples were digitally edited to create the truly unique timbres. Percussion samples were also used in newly constructed wavelists. The musical ideas created by Yusef Lateef were expanded by Greg Snedeker. The electronic music was then played on the TS-12 and recorded on the Macintosh.

MICHAEL DESSEN - Trombone Michael Dessen has lived and studied at the Eastman School of Music, the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, among other places. He currently lives in Amherst with his wife, Mariangeles.

Produced by: Yusef Lateef Original Recording by: Norman Blain Mix & Mastering: Norman Blain Digital Mastering: Jim Hemingway Shutesbury, MA December 1995 Recorded at: Guy DeVito's Shutesbury,MA December 1995 Graphic Design by: Rick Ward HadIey, MA Ink Drawing by: Yusef Lateef