Francesca Anderegg and Brent Funderburk are releasing their second album of contemporary music on New Focus Recordings in 2016. Titled “Wild Cities,” the album features new works by young American composers: Hannah Lash, Ted Hearne, Ryan Francis, Clint Needham and Reinaldo Moya.
The narrative of the album involves a journey through the new landscape of American music: the name “Wild Cities” is inspired by the poem “After Dead Souls” by Allen Ginsberg. In it, Ginsberg asks, “Where O America are you/ going in your glorious/ automobile….toward what wild city/ jumping with jazz/ on the Pacific Ocean?” The Ginsberg poem suggests both a journey and a destination.
In this album, the journey towards the “wild city” is represented by the musical language of minimalism. Each composer uses American minimalism as a reference to forge their unique style, mixing minimalism with electronic dance music, extended techniques, harmonic ambiguity and the fast, revolving rhythms and fluidity of Venezuelan folk music. “Wild Cities” surveys the landscape of American music with these five pieces, and takes the audience on a journey to new, fantastic places.