This all-Garrop CD contains three chamber works: Silver Dagger for piano trio, In Eleanor's Words for mezzo-soprano and piano, and String Quartet No. 3: Gaia. This a great sampler of Garrop's lyrical and dramatic language.
The record teems with surprising time-signature shifts, stacked rhythms and counterpoint passages yet comes across as entirely natural. The genius of Cuadrado's tonally pungent and fairly lengthy compositions relates to how they're tethered to central motifs that often function as bookends.DownBeat Magazine (four star review)
A Different World, much like the marriage between Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick, represents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. The collaboration of a classical violist and world percussionist captures disparate worlds merging. Works by Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Philip Glass, David Krakauer and more.