Curtis Stewart – Of Colors

April 26, 2016 / No Comments / Tags: Alex Hills, Alex Wyatt, Curtis Stewart, Fung Chern Hwei, Jeremy Harman, Joanna Mattrey, Tyler Gilmore

(Outside In Music)

Of Colors, the phenomenal debut release of violin virtuoso Curtis Stewart is as colorful as the cover implies. Stewart brings a witty and fresh perspective to classical as with no hint whatsoever of gimmickry. He lights up compositions by everyone from Bach to Coltrane and does with great flair. Stewart adds elements of beat box along with dissonant sounds and words like a painter might use a splatter brush or sponge to add texture to a canvas. It’s hearing someone cut a new path to a familiar place. Stewart, who provided all of the arrangements on this effort, is joined on Alex Hills on keyboards; Alex Wyatt on percussion; Fung Chern Hwei on violin; Joanna Mattrey on viola; Jeremy Harman on cello and Tyler Gilmore on electronic sounds. An outstanding work by a bold and very talented player that should be heard.

Click to listen to a clip of “Giant Steps”:

Tracks: Solo Violin Sonata in G minor: Adagio; Giant Steps; Of Webern: A Color between Colors; Alone Together; Four Pieces, Op. 7: I; Of Webern: Contrast color; Prototype; Solo Violin Sonata in G minor: Presto; Of Webern: Compare; Four Pieces, Op. 7: II; Prime; Descent; Tectonics; A Breath in Time; Gone; Solo Violin Sonata in G minor: Siciliana; Solo Violin Sonata in G minor: Fugue “Remix”; Four Pieces, Op. 7: IV; Four Pieces, Op. 7: II; A Drop of Wind; Of Color(s) “Remix”; Of Color(s) and (UN)-folding; Gone. .