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MP3 John Hollenbeck - Rainbow Jimmies

A "composer''s" compilation of recent chamber works in an eclectic style

11 MP3 Songs in this album (64:56) !
Related styles: AVANT GARDE: Avant-Americana, EASY LISTENING: Mature



1) Gray Cottage Study #1 "lost in fog" Todd Reynolds-violin, Matt Moran-vibraphone
2) Gray Cottage #2 Study "getting chilly" Todd Reynolds-violin, Matt Moran-vibraphone
3) Gray Cottage Study #3 "my deer" Todd Reynolds, John Hollenbeck-drums
4) Gray Cottage Study #4 "healing and gratitude" Todd Reynolds-violin, Matt Moran-vibraphone, John Hollenbeck-drums
5) Gray Cottage Study #5 "dustish" Todd Reynolds-violin, Matt Moran-vibraphone
6) Gray Cottage Study #6 "jazz hands" Todd Reynolds-violin, Matt Moran-vibraphone, John Hollenbeck-drums
7) Gray Cottage Study #7 "tax penalty payment approaching" Todd Reynolds-violin, Matt Moran-vibraphone, John Hollenbeck-vibraphone/drums
8) Sinanari (acoustic remix) The Claudia Quintet
9) Ziggurat (exterior) The Youngstown Percussion Collective and Saxophone Quartet
10)Ziggurat (interior) Ethos Percussion Group
11)Rainbow Jimmies The Claudia Quintet with special guest, Mark Stewart-guitar

The Claudia Quintet: Drew Gress-bass, Matt Moran-vibraphone, Chris Speed-clarinet-tenor saxophone, Ted Reichman-accordion/organ, John Hollenbeck-drums/piano

Ethos Percussion Group: Trey Files, Eric Phinney, Yousif Sheronick, David Shively

The Youngstown State Percussion Collective and Saxophone Quartet: Glenn Schaft-faculty advisor
Michael Anderson, Dean Anshutz, Cory Doran, Tim Hampton, Brian Sweigart (leader)–percussion
Chris Coles, Sara Kind, Evan Hertrick, Tim Sharek–alto saxophone

The Gray Cottage Studies, written for Todd Reynolds, encompass the first phase of my 2007-2008 Guggenheim Fellowship project. The basic idea was to write etudes or studies based on one specific violin technique so that I could learn more the violin in the process. One interesting problem I encountered was that no matter what the challenge, Todd could pretty much play anything I wrote, so I was none the wiser as to what limitations there were to playing the violin! These pieces were conceived at and capture some of the spirit of Blue Mountain Center. My early morning canoe trips, the deer, and the residents and staff were all a big inspiration.

Ziggurat (exterior) and its sister piece Ziggurat (interior) came about from two simultaneous commissions from two great percussion ensembles. As a resident of New York City, I am constantly fascinated by the sounds of building construction and the amount of organization required to complete a skyscraper. I am equally fascinated by ziggurats, ancient buildings that most likely required as much organization to build, but were erected without the technology of today. My interest in architecture led me to create a piece that explores the sounds of construction and the teamwork required to construct a building. I arranged the composition structurally to reflect the workings of a construction team intent on completing a sacred structure. In ziggurat (exterior), the role of "contractor" was ably performed by Brian Sweigart, who spontaneously guided and shaped the ‘building’ of this piece.
The setting for ziggurat (interior) rests in the construction of the sacred rooms inside a Ziggurat where four artisans work together intimately during certain stages of construction, and in other stages part in order to focus their energies on separate but equally important tasks.

Sinanari (acoustic remix) was written for the Weill Institute 2007 Distance Learning Event in Istanbul and New York City, an event that the Claudia Quintet was a part of. I arranged this popular Turkish song in the same fashion that someone would remix a piece - ala cut and paste - and then added a little John Bonham.

Rainbow Jimmies BOAC was written to celebrate my engagement to Katharine Schroeder. Hailing from upstate NY, I call the colorful ice cream candy topping Rainbow Sprinkles. In other parts of the northeast they are called Jimmies (my wife contends that they were called "shots" at her childhood local dairy bar, but I''m still skeptical of that name). The opening section was originally inspired by imagining the sound of Jimmies being sprinkled on ice cream. During the course of writing the guitar part, I showed it to the great Ben Monder, who said (without knowing who I was writing it for): "the only person that I think could play this is Mark Stewart." I totally agree and am honored to work with such a special human being as Mark.

John Hollenbeck August 2008

Ziggurat (exterior)
Recorded at Tune Town Studios
Engineered by Mike Telanca
Mixed by Gabrial Grote and Henning Birkenhake
Produced by Glenn Schaft

Ziggurat (interior)
Recorded at Looking Glass Studios, New York
Engineered by Ichiho Nishiki
Mix and additional production by Anthony Burr, San Diego
Produced by Ethos

Gray Cottage Studies, Sinanari (acoustic remix), Rainbow Jimmies
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording
Engineered and Mixed by Andy Taub
Produced by John Hollenbeck

All Compositions 2008 Grand Blvd. Music ASCAP/GEMA


Sinanari (acoustic remix) was commissioned by Carnegie Hall Weill Institute for the 2007 Istanbul-New York Distance Learning Event. Premiered December 5, 2007 at Garanti Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

The Gray Cottage Studies: was made possible by the Blue Mountain Center, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and Limor Tomer at the Whitney Museum. Premiered October 5, 2007 at the Whitney Museum Composer’s Showcase, New York, NY

Ziggurat (exterior) is dedicated to the Youngstown Percussion Collective
The Youngstown Percussion Collective is a student organization dedicated to the advancement of the percussive arts at Youngstown State University. Thanks to Dr. Glenn Schaft, who is the Director of Percussion Studies. Thanks to Mike Telanca, recording engineer at Tune Town Studios and Dr. James Umble, Director of Saxophone Studies at YSU for your expertise. Premiered October 5, 2007 at the Whitney Museum Composer’s Showcase, New York, NY

Ziggurat (interior) was commissioned by the Jerome Foundation Emerging Composers Commissioning Fund for Ethos Percussion Group. Support for the recording of ziggurat (interior) was provided by the New York State Music Fund, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Premiered October 5, 2007 at the Whitney Museum Composer’s Showcase, New York, NY

Rainbow Jimmies was commissioned by the Bang on a Can''s People''s Commissioning Fund and written for the BOAC-All Stars. It was written in celebration of my engagement to Katharine Schroeder (August 2005). Premiered February 22, 2007 at Merkin Hall, New York, NY

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