In our early days - mid 1980s to mid 200s or so - our instruments were analog. I played a Computone Lyricon Wind Driver that controlled an Oberheim Monophonic Synth that was routed through an original Roland Tape Echo. Don Slepian used a customized Mirage Keyboard modified and controlled with his own array of foot pedals that acted primarily as his mixing board. And Karen Bentley Pollick rounds out the ensemble with acoustic violin.
"KONZERTO is the reinvention of the great romantic violin concertos of the 19th century. Combining the virtuoso solo violin playing of Karen Bentley with Stuart Diamond's contemporary electronics, synthesizers and midi sequencing, KONZERTO creates a new and lyric music that simultaneously looks back to the past as well as daringly to the future.
Rigorous in its compositional structure, yet endlessly inventive, KONZERTO features both written and improvised passages for the solo violin that soar over a rich and dramatic soundscape to find a spontaneous and original musical language all its own. Symphonic in its 4-movement scope and emotional depth, KONZERTO is a fiery and passionate journey into a new musical world."
SUCCUBUS is a term that dates from the Middle Ages and refers to a demon that takes a feminine form to ravage men and women in their sleep,inducing erotic visions and nightmares. Along with its counterpart, the Incubus, these demons were thought to be the cause of the half-sleep state in which one cannot wake and feels the presence of a supernatural being.
SUCCUBUS is a six-movement tone poem for violin, soprano and electric orchestra. It is an exploration of the sensual and surrealistic dreamscapes of the Succubus. The music features the voluptuous and mysterious voice of Kerry Walsh and the sinuous violin playing of Karen Bentley entwined in a dark and erotic dance of love and desire. Engineered and Mastered by Kurt Kurasaki.
White Gaia keeps alive the seed of wholeness to make it flourish at the heart of all beings.
Green Gaia guides life processes through the gate of transmutation towards regeneration and new beginning.
Stuart Diamond, Video and Visualization
Ruth Cunningham & Stuart Diamond, MusicThe White Aspect of the Goddess:
Master of the Astral Plane
Music and Libretto by Stuart Diamond
Produced by William Boswell
And The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, City University of New York Premiere: February 4, 1982
Narrator: Harry Fleetwood
Samantha: Audrey Levine
The Knight: Brian McGovern
King Tookiyama: Kevin Knutsen (French Horn)
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