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Time Loops

NPR Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2012                                                      

“Maya Beiser is a gifted, TED-Talking young cellist, unafraid to push her instrument in many genre-blurring directions. On her recent album Time Loops, she conjures a chorus of cellos, looping herself electronically in a handful of fascinating compositions by Michael Harrison (with stops along the way for music by Arvo Part and Bach). Just Ancient Loops, with its evocative drone and pizzicato opening, unfolds like a journey. The music, with its blend of East and West, soars in interlocking swirls of color, rests in a central chorale and builds steam to an ecstatic conclusion, sounding as if it had always been here.”

-NPR

“The real draw to Harrison and Beiser’s new release is Just Ancient Loops… the piece is a three-movement masterpiece composed of multi-layered cello tracks. Harrison uses raga-inspired drones, minimalist rhythms and textures, and beautiful melodies to encompass us in a wonderful soundscape all inspired by ancient modes. The purity and beauty that is obtained from the cello in this piece is stunning.”

-I Care If You Listen