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Three Palindromic Pieces: II. Eve (Colin Riley)

from Cuckoo: Seven new works for violin by Steve Bingham

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    Cuckoo is the sixth solo album from acclaimed UK violinist Steve Bingham, and consists of premiere recordings of seven pieces, all commissioned by Bingham. Utilising everything from solo acoustic violin to 6-string electric violin, loops and recorded birdsong - via electronic backing, multi-layered violins and delay effects - it’s a heady mix of styles and compositional approaches which Bingham takes in his stride, revelling not only in the differences between the works but also in the unexpected links that crop up; palindromic elements, birdsong, loss and more.

    Cuckoo confirms Bingham as a truly eclectic performer, following - as it does - albums that included pop covers, the Bach D minor Partita, film music by Michael Nyman, improvisation and more. Bingham writes: “On this album I wanted to explore the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate music which is bound together by one straightforward element - the violin. The album has been possible because of the creativity of seven very talented composers, and I’m proud to have been able to record these works for the very first time.”

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Colin Riley writes: Each piece is designed so that it reaches a halfway point and then reverses its material back to where it began. I have made use of two instruments (violins in this case) woven closely together to form a second kind of mirror-image. Each movement has a distinct colour and way of moving.

This second piece employs some de-tuning of the strings to create exotic chords using natural harmonics. 1he third is a romp through jazzy riffs and grooves; extremely virtuosic and silly in equal measure.


from Cuckoo: Seven new works for violin, released February 9, 2024


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Steve Bingham Cambridge, UK

Steve is a classically trained violinist with an international reputation. His varied musical portfolio includes chamber music, orchestral playing, conducting and solo work over a huge range of styles and genres. His trademark solo recitals mix acoustic violin with looped electric violin in an eclectic mix of highly enjoyable music! ... more

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