Cellist, vocalist and composer Robert Een (1952), a former Meredith Monk collaborator, has explored a number of
different styles. His albums
Fertile Fields (Buzzbox), with Ted Reichman on accordion and Hearn Gadbois on percussion,
Your Life Is Not Your Own (Buzzbox, 1998), a solo album (a collection of songs for voice and cello, some of them rather traditional),
Big Joe (Een),
Music From Blue Earth feature
both extended vocal techniques and avantgarde counterpoint.
He has also composed several movie soundtracks.
Mystery Dances (Starkland, 2002), a collection of works from
1989-92, is a good sample of Een's skills,
from Breakdown Eleven, inspired by
Michael Nyman's minimalism,
to Dirge For Julius, a vocal tour de force,
from the accordion-driven raga Mystery Two-Step
to the plaintive hymn The Long Journey for male and female voices.
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