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Beyond genres

There's nothing like a composer performing his own music. Especially when it's so dependent on the performer's artistry. Electric violinist Tracy Silverman manages to not only bridge the worlds of classical music and rock, but does so in a way that makes the blending sound effortless and natural.

The title track is a concerto for electric violin and string quartet. Silverman makes the most of the contrast between electric and accoustic instruments, as well as blending them together so effectively one can't separate them. Each of the five movements uses a different artist (and a signature work by them) as a starting point for Silverman's explorations.

Personally, I thought the second work on the album, "Axis and Orbits," to be even more interesting. This set of four pieces is written for solo electric violin and loop pedals. I've sat through plenty of live performances where the musician first sets up the loops and then starts into the work. It's not always pleasant. Silverman has too, apparently, and has been careful to incorporate the loop-building process into the composition. So from the moment you hear sound, the music has begun. Silverman accomplishes his goal so artfully that one sometimes isn't aware that it's just one person playing -- and playing live. I can think of more than a few guitarists who could learn from his example.

Between the Kiss and the Chaos-Tracy Silverman

This is an amazing recording from start to finish. Tracy Silverman is an incredible musician.

Biography

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s

Electric violinist Tracy Silverman made his professional debut at age 13, appearing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; after attending the Chicago Musical College, he was accepted to Juilliard, where he studied under Ivan Galamian and Sam Rhodes. In addition to performing in the orchestras of Leonard Bernstein, Gerard Schwartz, Sixten Ehrling and countless others, Silverman also served as a member of the experimental New York City band Stradivarius; following a move to Minneapolis, he formed the...
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