Kim Perlak ’01MM has released Common Ground, a disc of new American music for solo classical guitar.
The CD was recorded March of 2011 in Sprague Hall with engineer Eugene Kimball, the School of Music’s recording engineer. All of the music on the recording is American, new, and written by living composers.
The recording features works by two Yale School of Music composers: faculty member Benjamin Verdery, and Robert Honstein (MMA). Other pieces on the disc are by Andrew York, Bryan Johnason, David Leisner, and Perlak herself.
The recording, which was released on April 2, is available on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. Cactus Cafe, the legendary venue in Austin, Texas (operated by local NPR station KUT 90.5), hosted the CD release concert.
Writes Perlak: “The music on this recording is one of place. Each of these composers has found his voice in a combination of the grooves, lyricism, sensibilities, and techniques from the American and classical guitar traditions. Their unique and distinctive sounds have the ability to tap into emotional and personal memory, and at the same time, reflect the broader American experience.
“As an interpreter, I was drawn to each of these pieces both sonically and emotionally. In the time I’ve played them, each work has come to feel like an old or new friend. To varying degrees, I’ve had the privilege to know each composer and am grateful for the personal insight and artistic room they have contributed to my playing. It has been a joy to find within each work a common root, a common feeling – a common ground.” MORE