#38: Myra Melford-piano; Zeena Parkins-harp; Bryan Carrott-vibes; Brandon Ross-ac. guitar; J. A. Deane-trombone; live sampling; Motoharu Yoshizawa-e. bass; LÃª Quan Ninh-percussion; Martin SchÃ¼tz-e. cello; Tristan Honsinger-cello; Martine Altenburger-cello; Edgar Laubscher-e. viola; Hans Koch-clarinet; bass & contrabass clarinet, sop. & tenor sax
#39 & #40: Christian Marclay-turntables; Elliott Sharp-dobro; Chris Cunningham-guitar; Gregor Kitzis-violin; Dana Friedli-violin; Jason Hwang-violin; Myra Melford-piano; Damon Ra Choice-vibes, perc.; Reggie Nicholson-vibes, perc.; Michelle Kinney-cello; Deidre L. Murray-cello; Elizabeth Panzer-harp; William Parker-bass; Mark Helias-bass; Fred Hopkins-bass
Conducting is no longer a mere method for an interpretation, but an actual part of the process of composition. Conduction is a means by which a conductor may compose, (re)orchestrate, (re)arrange and sculpt both notated and non-notated music. Using a vocabulary of signs and gestures, many within the general glossary of traditional conducting, the conductor may alter or initiate rhythm, melody, and harmony; develop form and structure; and instantaneously change articulation, phrasing, and meter. Conduction is a viable musical tool for the improvising ensemble.
ReviewsTestament challenges not only conductors' orthodoxy but the very vitals of music and music-making-no tradition is left untouched....When the musical history of the 20th-century comes to be written, Testament will provide one of its most essential chapters. ” The Wire