Robert Carl: Splectra
Format: COMPACT DISC
Carl, Robert; Bjorkedal, Alison
“Splectra” is an elegant harp solo embellished by a subtle digital processing that highlights certain harmonics as they appear in the piece. Each of the work’s two sections gradually expands a simple rising motive, becoming harmonically richer by adding pitches related to the opening note’s harmonic series. It is performed by Grammy-winning harpist Alison Bjorkedal.“Bjorkedal's harp swept us away. She is an extraordinary harpist…. Her technique was flawless, her artistry inspired.” (“LA Culture Spot”) Composer Robert Carl’seclectic music, which often explores a harmonic language based in the overtone series, is rooted in the spirit of transcendentalism and experiment. He is chair of the composition department at the Hartt School, University of Hartford.