One of my favorite things about composer David Smooke is how wide open his ears are. No matter how bizarre the music, he will want to check it out. His own music demonstrates this sort of receptivity in its colorful variety, dramatic textures and quirky spirit. The works on his debut portrait album, Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, range from brooding and creepy to funky and joyous, wrapped up a combination of thoughtful composition and spontaneous improvisations.
About Alexandra Gardner
Alexandra Gardner is a Baltimore-based composer and sound artist. She works with ensembles large and small, often combining acoustic instruments with electronic music. Coming and recent performances of Gardner's music include the Seattle Symphony, Chicago Composer's Orchestra, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, and pianist Jenny Lin. She also writes, edits, and produces audiovisual material specializing in classical and experimental music, with a focus on multimedia content designed for the web. For more information, please visit www.alexandragardner.net.