Dan Plonsey
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Moving ABout (2004) , 7/10

San Francisco-based composer and saxophonist Dan Plonsey (1958) straddles the border between classical, pop, jazz. Ivory-Bill (Music and Arts, 1997) collects solo and multiple saxophone compositions. Understanding Human Behavior (Limited Sedition, 1999) is scored for oboe, electronics and voice.

Moving About, Humming, Still Our Flowers are Blooming, Under the Old Portcullis (2001), whose performance makes up the namesake album Moving About (Limited Sedition, 2004), is a hour-long composition for musicians and miniature tableau ensemble, and is coupled to another lengthy composition, Wise King Taken by the Foolish One. Moving About is a minimalist fanfare a` la Michael Nyman, but played in a solemnly sloppish manner, as if it were performed by the Holy Modal Rounders or by Taj Mahal, occasionally evoking Japanese parade music (section ten) and even on American marching bands and circus music (section six).

What Leave Behind (2004) is a concerto for guitar and orchestra.

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