Cover art by A.L.
ODG049 : Ryan Choi / Whenmill
'Whenmill', the second release from Ryan Choi, features four modern classical compositions for solo baritone ukulele.
Marked by masterfully expansive fingerwork, extended tunings and ex tempore forays into traditional and experimental harmonies, Whenmill is a decisive, visionary flight beyond the common rhetoric of the instrument, bearing distinctive relevance not only to ukuleleists, guitarists, and other string instrumentalists, but to all composers and adventurous ears. Recorded in secret over a period of three years, these fiercely elusive, emotive and often surreal explorations establish the ukulele as a premier vehicle for musical ideation and virtuosity.
Ryan Choi - Baritone Ukulele
Composed, recorded and produced by Ryan Choi
Edited, mixed and mastered by Frank Lockwood"
Ryan Choi, born in 1984 in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is a composer, artist, and multi-instrumentalist. His other works include the album Three Dancers (ALP-060, Accretions). He began his musical studies on the double bass and later developed an interest in the tenor and baritone ukuleles, which he plays in both standard form and a variety of non-traditional tunings and preparations. He lives and works just outside of Downtown Honolulu. His website is www.ryanckchoi.com.
Excellent review in Elsewhere magazine here, in TheWholeNote here, in Chaindlk here, in SLUG magazine here and in Improvijazztion Nation here.
Digital release on the 18th of March 2016. Bandcamp, Cd Baby and Baboom at a special price(see under) + limited cd edition (see under).
1) Set I: 1. - Quixano (2012)
2) Set I: 2. - Inn Blue (2012)
3) Set I: 3. - Whenmill (2013)
4) South Aleksandr (2011)
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