Keith Allan Kramer

Keith Allan Kramer, composer, currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He has taught at Central Connecticut State University, Towson University, University of Miami, University of Maryland College Park and Harford Community College. His compositions are performed frequently throughout the U.S. as well as recent performances in Italy, Canada and Czech Republic. He has studied composition with Thomas DeLio, John Van der Slice and Stuart Saunders Smith. Keith received his D.M.A. from the University of Miami and his M.Mus. from the University of Maryland, College Park. His music has been performed and recorded by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirk Trevor, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vit Micka, David Taylor, Anna D’Errico, Leonard Garrison, Martin Jones and many others. Recent performances of his work include two highly successful all-Kramer programs at New York’s Merkin Hall, documented on the DVD Beyond Sonic Boundaries Live!. Additional all-Kramer releases include the critically acclaimed albums Causal Dualism and Emerge on the Navona label. The title track of Emerge is a twenty-minute orchestral work that is also heard on the Navona release Mementos. Keith’s work Sogni was recently premièred by acclaimed British pianist Martin Jones and a recent European première of his work Rinnovo, for piano and percussion, featured internationally renowned pianist Anna D'Errico. Keith’s work Suspension of Disbelief for piano trio is scheduled for its New York City première by cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and Trio Casals at Carnegie Hall in in 2018. www.keithkramer.org

Compositions

L'etere del Tempo


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Charles Huang, oboe
Susan Cheng, piano

Keith Kramer, producer
Bill Ahearn, engineer
Recorded at Tapeworks in Hartford, Connecticut on November 16th, 2016

L'etere del Tempo (The Ether of Time), is based on the second order all-combinatorial hexachord 6-7 [012678], which is the same set demonstrated by Messiaen’s fifth mode of limited transposition. This set is featured in two distinct row forms that shape the melodic and harmonic basis of the work. The title of the piece reflects the concept of the expansion of time (temporal dilation), as exemplified by the use of silence. An additional feature is the use of oboe multiphonics that are integrated into the piece, accentuating the fundamental pitches of melodic constructs with the use of overtones. The piece was composed for oboist Charles Huang and pianist Susan Cheng who premièred the composition and appear on this recording. It was a pleasure to work with them and I am very appreciative for their dedication and superlative musicianship that they brought to all of their performances of the work.


Emerge (Symphony No. 1)


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Slovak National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirk Trevor
Recorded in May 2008 in Bratislava, Slovakia
Emil Niznansky, producer
Hubert Geschwandtner, recording engineer
John Guth, final mastering engineer

Emerge is a represents a universal beginning, the initiation of breath and of life in its most basic state and its subsequent natural development into more complex entities that evolve, shift, and at the end, unite again as one. The work begins and ends with the wind machine, symbolizing the most basic of life giving processes that we tend to take for granted. In the center of piece, the entire orchestra breathes with the wind machine, bringing all of the orchestral performers together in unison. At the beginning of the work, one hears sustained sounds of the orchestra following the wind machine, with similar sustained sounds preceding the wind machine at the end, representing the perfection and symmetry of life. The complexity of nature is represented by a number of aspects, including the use of twelve-tone chord structures and the collective improvisation sections that create an intricate web of complexity. The piece as a whole, through all of its transformations, reflects the simplest and yet the most intricate aspects of existence, a dichotomy so inherent in human experience.

Emerge…
Breath…
Evolve…
Diverge…
Unite…
Breath…

-Keith Kramer


Insurmountable


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David LaVorgna, flute
Joseph Satava. piano
Recorded at Peabody Recording Studios in Baltimore, Maryland on May 7th, 2010
Ian Lowther, recording engineer
Keith Kramer, mixing engineer
John Guth, final mastering engineer


Spatial Extremes


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For solo piano.
Performed by Joseph Satava. piano.
Recorded in December, 2006
Mike Cerri, recording engineer
Keith Kramer, mixing engineer
John Guth, final mastering engineer

The accompanying poem is as follows:

Silence,
A journey into the space of a moment...
...or an eternity.
As infinite space echoes sound through the seemingly empty vacuum,
The space between ourselves is indeed a blessing...
...or a curse.
When silences are perceived through the boundless waves of conscious reality,
Spaces become smaller...
...and yet more infinite.


-Keith Kramer