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April 07, 2014

Glenn Kotche’s “Adventureland”

Kronos Quartet appears on Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche’s latest solo album Adventureland, out now on Cantaloupe Music. Featuring Kronos, eighth blackbird and Gamelan Galak Tika (directed by Evan Ziporyn), Adventureland is a kaleidoscopic carnival ride of strings, drums, dueling pianos, gamelan, electronics and Kotche’s vast arsenal of percussion instruments. Listen to a movement of Anomaly here.

It all started when Kotche caught a Kronos concert in 2006 and set out to write a string quartet; eventually, the scope of the project morphed into an amusement ride of strings, gamelan, electronics and Kotche’s vast arsenal of percussion instruments.

“For the string quartet, I was banging my head against the wall for ideas,” Kotche remembers, “and the solution didn’t really come to me until I sat down at the drums. I realized, ‘Hey — four voices, four limbs!’ So I made the cello my right foot, the viola my left foot, and took it from there. When I transposed that, I had the first three movements of Anomaly.”

Learn more and purchase the album from Cantaloupe Music and iTunes. Listen to a movement of Anomaly here.

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