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The cohesive smoothness and, well, normality of this record is completely amazing when it is compared to Kang's other project in his NADES composition series, 7 NADEs. Here, his violin playing takes a much more central position, highlighting the strength of his tone and technique. More playful than theoretical, this album takes the NADE concept through many genres and around the world, including a medieval NADE, "Jewel of the NADE," a Rasta NADE, "Mystic NADE," and a Middle Eastern NADE, "Mary of Magdalen." Each sounds like a tribute to the tradition from which it was mined; random, discordant elements take a space much further in the background than in Kang's previous solo work. Theater of Mineral NADEs does not reach as far as some of Kang's previous work, but he also manages to succeed at nearly everything he tries on this album. It is a well executed, thoughtful piece.


Born: 1971 in Corvallis, OR

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Violist/violinist Eyvind Kang is from Seattle, where he studied music at Cornish College for the Arts in addition to studying violin with Michael White. In 1994, Kang received an Artist Support Program grant (by the Jack Straw Foundation) and used it to record the first seven of his series of musical compositions called "NADEs." 7 NADEs was released on the Tzadik label in 1996, followed two years later by his Theater of Mineral Nades. Using structures similar to those of classical music, and conventions...
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