FOLLOW THE LIGHT

by SILT ENSEMBLE / Michael Zerang

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FOLLOW THE LIGHT is a new work by Michael Zerang for string ensemble, featuring his instrument, Queequeg’s Coffin, which was designed by Eric Newman for Blair Thomas and Co.’s theatrical version of Moby Dick. The instrument has the scale length of a full sized cello, with four strings that are vibrated by a circular, wooden wheel - the same mechanism that sounds a Hurdy Gurdy. Zerang has completed a series of three studies for the instrument in solo presentations. This is his first full-length composition for ensemble that features the instrument.

For this work, Zerang is joined by a quartet of string players that have each contributed to a wide array of styles and approaches in the Chicago musical scene. Violists Julie Pomerleau and Johanna Brock, along with contrabassists Jason Roebke and Anton Hatwich perform this long-form exploration of shifting time and light via variable energetic drone.

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released January 9, 2019

Johanna Brock - viola
Anton Hatwich - contrabass
Julie Pomerleau - viola
Jason Roebke - contrabass
Michael Zerang - Queequeg’s Coffin

Composition by Michael Zerang
Recorded October 6, 2018
Horatio N. May Chapel, Rosehill Cemetery - Chicago
Recorded, mixed & Mastered by Ralph Loza
Experimental Sound Studio - Chicago
Cover Art: Michael Zerang
©2018 munimulamusic / ASCAP
Pink Palace Records PPCD004

Dedicated to the violinist, Daniel Scanlan 1956 - 2018

This Recording is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

ARTICLE:
www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2018/10/03/michael-zerang-explores-time-tone-and-light-with-a-musical-coffin-from-moby-dick?fbclid=IwAR3BUMvEjPMxhcUsnp8FskH4K-Ksyqo83Roc1U7qI5EXpLFsticmzCyj8RY

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AVANT MUSIC NEWS
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TONESHIFT
toneshift.net/2019/01/26/saturday-sound-shots/

FRE JAZZ BLOG
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Pink Palace is Michael Zerang’s personal label that will release a variety of his newer projects, across a spectrum of recorded formats, as well as older material from his archives. As an artist run label, you will be able to support him directly and effectively as he continues to develop and produce new work, and to engage with the wonderful artists that you will hear on this label. ... more

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