Ensembles – Album

Now Available
craig pallett Ensembles CD CoverEclectic collection of 12 new works from alternative composer Craig Pallett. Featuring musicians from New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney, Australia and Vermont. A soulful celebration of the wheel of life.

Listen to the full album here and currently purchase CD’s or downloads directly.
Also available @iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ensembles/id1160930548



Credits
All music composed by Craig Pallett
Wide Awake composed by Craig Pallett and David Crigger
All music published by Affinity Systems, Inc. (BMI)
Executive Producer – Craig Pallett
Producers – Don DiNicola, David Crigger, Steve Addabbo, Andy West.
Mastered by Don DiNicola

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Bartek – Guitars
David Crigger – Drums, Percussion, Electronics
Andy West – Bass
Jennifer Choi – Violin
Jay Anderson – Acoustic Bass
Fung Chern Hwei – Violin
Leon Gaer – Bass
Mary Rowell – Violin
Stephen Gosling – Acoustic Piano
David Cossin – Marimba, Drums, Shakers

 

 

 

 

 

Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin – Viola
Wendy Law – Cello
Ken Thomson – Soprano Sax
Alan Kaplan – Trombone
Yves Dharamraj – Cello
Peter Hess – Alto Sax
Katie Kresek – Viola
Steve Kaplan – Acoustic Piano
Alex Hamlin – Baritone Sax
Ronnie Gutierrez – Hand Drums, Percussion
Ed RosenBerg III – Tenor Sax
Craig Pallett – Trumpet, Keyboards, Electronics

 

 

 

 

 

Don DiNicola – Production / Mixing
Steve Addabbo – Engineering / Mixing
David Crigger – Engineering / Mixing
Andy West – Mixing
Reed Robins – Engineering
Colin J. McCaffrey – Engineering
Keith Rigling – Engineering
Carlos Flood – Engineering
Christopher Bartek – Engineering
Robert Cooper – Engineering associate
Craig Pallett – Cover Image Calligraphy
Chris Demers – Design and Packaging

 

 

 

 

Studios
Shelter Island Sound, New York, NY
Dubway Studios, New York, NY
Henry Rutgers Studios, New York, NY
MacIntyre Music Recording, New York, NY
Affinity Studios, Vermont
Carousel – Recorded live February 11, 2015 at Vermont College of Fine Arts

Track Credits

Animal Spirits

Produced by Craig Pallett and Don DiNicola
Mixed by Don DiNicola
Mary Rowell–Violin
Jennifer Choi–Violin
Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin–Viola
Wendy Law–Cello
David Cossin–Marimba
Keith Rigling–Engineer
Robert Cooper–Engineer
Recorded at Dubway Studios, New York, NY
Henry Rutgers Studios, New York, NY

Deer Dance

Produced by Craig Pallett and Don DiNicola
Mixed by Don DiNicola
Mary Rowell–Violin
Jennifer Choi–Violin
Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin–Viola
Wendy Law–Cello
David Cossin–Marimba
David Crigger–Field Drum, Electronics, Engineer
Jay Anderson–Acoustic Bass, Engineer
Keith Rigling–Engineer
Robert Cooper–Engineer
Recorded at Dubway Studios, New York, NY
Henry Rutgers Studios, New York, NY

True Freedom

Produced by Craig Pallett and Andy West
Mixed by Andy West
Craig Pallett–Keyboards, Programming
Alan Kaplan–Trombone
Steve Bartek–Acoustic, Ebow & Electric Guitars
Andy West–Bass
David Cossin–Drum Set, Shakers
Ronnie Gutierrez–Hand Drums, Percussion
Carlos Flood–Engineer
Christopher Bartek–Engineer

Heart Strings

Produced by Craig Pallett and Steve Addabbo
Mixed by Steve Addabbo
Mary Rowell–Violin
Jennifer Choi–Violin
Katie Kresek–Viola
Wendy Law–Cello
Steve Addabbo–Engineer
Recorded at Shelter Island Sound, New York, NY

Wide Awake

Produced by David Crigger and Craig Pallett
Mixed by David Crigger
Fung Chern Hwei–Violins
Steve Bartek–Guitars
Leon Gaer–Bass, Piccolo Bass
Steve Kaplan–Acoustic Piano
Craig Pallett–Keyboards, Tibetan Bowls, String and Horn Programming/Arrangement
David Crigger–Live Drums, Electronic Drums, Programming, Arrangement, Engineer
Violin Recorded at MacIntyre Music Recording, NYC
Reed Robins–Engineer

Fado Portugal

Produced by Craig Pallett and Don DiNicola
Mixed by Don DiNicola
Jennifer Choi–Violin
Yves Dharamraj–Cello
Stephen Gosling–Piano
Reed Robins–Engineer
Recorded at MacIntyre Music Recording, NYC

Carousel – Wheel of Life / Wheel of Fortune

Produced by Craig Pallett and Don DiNicola
Mixed by Don DiNicola & Craig Pallett
Ken Thomson–Soprano Sax
Peter Hess–Alto Sax
Ed RosenBerg III–Tenor Sax
Alex Hamlin–Baritone Sax
Colin McCaffrey–Live Recording Engineer
John Mallia–Sound Advice
Recorded live February 11, 2015 at Vermont College of Fine Arts

Grace of Your Love

Produced by Craig Pallett and Steve Addabbo
Mixed by Steve Addabbo
Mary Rowell–Violin
Jennifer Choi–Violin
Katie Kresek–Viola
Wendy Law–Cello
Steve Addabbo–Engineer
Recorded at Shelter Island Sound, New York, NY

March Absurdo

Produced by Craig Pallett and Don DiNicola
Mixed by Don DiNicola
Jennifer Choi–Violin
Yves Dharamraj–Cello
Stephen Gosling–Piano
Reed Robins–Engineer
Recorded at MacIntyre Music Recording, NYC

Signals 0 1

Produced by Craig Pallett
Mixed by Don DiNicola
Craig Pallett–Electronics, Programming, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Engineering
Recorded at Affinity Studios Vermont

Finale Grande

Produced by Craig Pallett and Don DiNicola
Mixed by Don DiNicola
Jennifer Choi–Violin
Yves Dharamraj–Cello
Stephen Gosling–Piano
Reed Robins–Engineer
Recorded at MacIntyre Music Recording, NYC

Mi corazón añora

Produced by Craig Pallett and Steve Addabbo
Mixed by Steve Addabbo
Mary Rowell–Violin
Jennifer Choi–Violin
Katie Kresek–Viola
Wendy Law–Cello
Steve Addabbo–Engineer
Recorded at Shelter Island Sound, New York, NY

Recent Posts

At Play with Rhythmical Structures – Finale Grande

There is this vast array of tools a composer can use to both drive music forward, and create interesting patterns. One of the joys writing music, is the exploration of new ideas and textures. Building rhythmical structures, layering multi accented meter patterns with underlying harmonic waves and beats interests me.

Don Ellis had this very large impact on me. I had a chance to play this revolutionary music he was writing, when I was 15, when he was a guest soloist at my local Junior College. He really influenced me more than any other individual I can remember. He was writing in strange meters and was really infusing his jazz works at this time in an interesting fusion of rock and Indian rhythms and harmonies. I don’t recall, anyone ever directly studying with Don Ellis. I can’t even recall even saying much more than “hi” to him, let alone having any discussions with him about anything. I never played in his orchestra, but I did attend his concerts on a very regular basis(almost nightly), since my best friend and co-band leader, David Crigger, was his drummer for many years. We started an ensemble called Turbulence, which took these idea’s to a new place.

So a lot of my music is written in odd meters and contains a variety of multi-rhythms that interlock, and if played correctly holistically work. If not played correctly, the music can sound like musicians who can’t hold a beat. Can be rather challenging to play. So figure I will write a bit about one of the movements from the Piano Trio, called “Finale Grande” as a point of discussion.

Finale Grande is written for Piano, Violin and Cello. This work is in 9/8 sub divided as 3,2,2,2 . It starts with a Rock Piano version of Chop-Sticks.
GFinale-PianoIntro.fw
I then proceed to using different accents against the 3,2,2,2 piano accents in the violin and cello such as these types of patterns. In the figure below the first part of the phrase pushes a 4,3,2 pattern and you can see how the accents start building and pushing against the 3,2,2,2 rhythms.

grandfinale-violin-1.fw

The remaining 4 bars of this phrasing use a 2,3,4 rhythmical accent against the 3,2,2,2. Which is basically the first phrase of 4,3,2 reversed into 2,3,4.

grandfinale-violin-2.fw

The over arching structure of this piece is basically,
(i)8 bar introduction.
(a)8 bars of rhythmic melodic accents.
(b1)8 bars of driving 3,2,2,2
(b2)8 bars of driving 3,2,2,2 with a violin melody.
(c) 8 bar descending 3,2,2,2 pattern
(a 2x)16 bars of rhythmic melodic accents.
(d)New 8 bar Coda section
(b2 x2) 16 bars of driving 3,2,2,2 with a violin melody.
(c) 8 bar descending 3,2,2,2 pattern
(a augmented)14 bars of rhythmic melodic accents.
(d)New 8 bar Coda section

All that is going on, is 4 different sections repeated, with a repeated coda.
Simple but highly complex.

This weekend I have decided to actually re-orchestrate this piece for a Jazz Big Band, which should be highly interesting.

The piece was originally performed Feb 11th, 2014 at VCFA, this is the video of the performance.

Finale Grande for Piano Trio.
Feb 11th 2014 Live premiere at VCFA .
Jennifer Choi – Violin, Yves Dharamraj – Cello, Stephen Gosling – Piano, Craig Pallett – Composer

For the Ensembles Album, this same group was recorded at Reed Robins NYC studio in October 2014. Reed is currently mixing these pieces for release.

I have attached the score to this piece for anyone who is interested.

Finale-Grande – Full Score
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