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strange imaginary animals <p>2007 GRAMMY winner for Best Chamber Music Performance</p>

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strange imaginary animals

2007 GRAMMY winner for Best Chamber Music Performance

Eighth BlackbirdDavid M. Gordon

  • CDR 90000 094


The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the recording (not applicable to all albums)

    • Zaka (2003) (12:50)


      Zaka (2003) (12:50)

    • violence (2001) (9:46)


      violence (2001) (9:46)

    • I (6:17)


      Indigenous Instruments (1989) (17:34)

      I (6:17)

    • II (5:39)

    • II (5:39)

    • III (5:37)

    • III (5:37)

    • Friction Systems (2002; rev. 2005) (14:37)


      Friction Systems (2002; rev. 2005) (14:37)

    • evanescence (2006) (11:18)


      evanescence (2006) (11:18)

    • strange imaginary remix (2006) (5:33)


      strange imaginary remix (2006) (5:33)

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2008 Grammy Award Winner!

Winner for Best Chamber Music Performance and album producer Judith Sherman received a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical.

Guitar picks strum a piano. Thimbles appear and strike strings. A clarinet wails wildly, a bass drum roars, ducks, seagulls, even delivery trucks are evoked. strange imaginary animals explores all of these sounds in pieces that stake their claim to their own unique sonic space. Featuring premiere recordings of Jennifer Higdon's Zaka, David M. Gordon's Friction Systems, and Gordon Fitzell's violence and evanescence, also Steve Mackey's Indigenous Instruments and a remix by composer/dj Dennis DeSantis.

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Daily Herald (Chicago) (

eighth blackbird's latest album, "Strange Imaginary Animals" (Cedille Records), collects eight compositions from five composers, uniting them with interpretations that create the aural imagery of animated creatures, either in full gallop or holding whimsical conversations in an imaginary language. The precision of the playing transforms the instruments' natural sounds, helping build unusual textures, switching up dynamics with restless energy - their efforts earned the group a Grammy nomination for best chamber music performance as well as a classical contemporary composition nomination for composer Jennifer Higdon and a producer of the year nomination for Judith Sherman.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 72:00

Producer: All tracks produced by Judith Sherman except 7 (Gordon Fitzell) and 8 (Dennis DeSantis) Engineer Judith Sherman
Digital Editing: Bill Maylone
Mastering: Paul Zinman, SoundByte Productions, Inc.
Graphic Design: Pete Goldlust & Melanie Germond
Front Cover, Back Cover & Disc Illustrations: David M. Gordon
Recorded: at Ball State University August 15-18, 2005

Molly Alicia Barth performs on a Lillian Burkart flute and piccolo
Matthew Duvall endorses Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments


Zaka ©2003 Jennifer Higdon, Lawdon Press
violence ©2001 Gordon Fitzell
evanescence ©2006 Gordon Fitzell
Indigenous Instruments ©1991 Associated Music Publishers
Friction Systems ©2005 David M. Gordon
strange imaginary remix ©2006 Dennis DeSantis, Presspot Press

© 2006 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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