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Wax and Wire

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Cross-continental new music powerhouse Latitude 49 returns with flair and passion on their sophomore release Wax and Wire. This dynamic collection takes the listener on a genre-bending journey, careening wildly from the visceral to the sublime. From the psychedelic pulsations of Gabriella Smith’s Number Nine (an homage to the Beatles’ “Revolution 9”) flows Viet Cuong’s whimsical showpiece Wax and Wire, establishing the record’s charisma and variety right away. Ruminant works by Annika Socolofsky and Chris Sies direct us inward: Socolofsky’s a sense of who challenges us to consider ourselves in light of the communities we inhabit, while these (were) used to harm by Latitude 49’s own Chris Sies employs effects inspired by specific songs that have been used as means of torture against a sometimes thrashing chambercore background. Two works by Sarah Kirkland Snider provide the record’s most intimate moments, with the swirling trio Thread and Fray unfurling tightly-knit textures while the cleansing, haunting, but ultimately hopeful You Are Free closes out the record in a state of utter contemplation.

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released February 7, 2020

Composers and works:

GABRIELLA SMITH
Number Nine 2013

VIET CUONG
Wax and Wire 2014, 2016

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER
Thread and Fray 2006

ANNIKA SOCOLOFSKY
a sense of who 2015, 2016

CHRIS SIES
these (were) used to harm 2017

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER
You Are Free 2015

Performers:
Latitude 49
Max Geissler, Cello
Andy Hall, Saxophones
Andy Hudson, Clarinets
Jani Parsons, Piano
Chris Sies, Percussion and Electronics
Timothy Steeves, Violin and Viola (on track 3)

Track 4 features the voice of Evan Chambers, recorded by Annika Socolofsky in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Produced by Doug Perkins
Engineered, Edited, Mixed and Mastered by Bill Maylone with additional mixing and editing by Doug Perkins
Additional editing and mixing by Doug Perkins and Chris Sies (track 5)

Album design by Jason Paige
Cover art inspired by Darius Hulea (used with permission)

Support:
Supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music
The recording of Wax and Wire was made possible through support from the Baylor University School of Music, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and Latitude 49’s many dedicated donors and fans.

Special thanks to Ben Johansen, Bill Maylone, Scott McAllister, Jason Paige, Doug Perkins, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Steven Mackey, Latitude 49’s Board of Directors, and family members.

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Latitude 49 is a sextet dedicated to championing the works of living composers. The members' diverse musical backgrounds directly influence the the diversity in artists they create work with. This eclectic, yet collaborative spirit has allowed the band to live outside of an aesthetic box. ... more

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