Remote Together

Photo by Rene Grosso

Music for oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn with electronics, field recordings, and fixed media by Canadian and American composers residing in the Pacific Northwest

https://redshiftmusicsociety.bandcamp.com/album/remote-together

Tracks:
1. Nocturne (2013) for solo oboe by Jordan Nobles
2. Chanson de Fleurs: Eleanor of Aquitaine (2017) for oboe and soundscape by Dana Reason
3. Alluvium (2017) for oboe d’amore and electronics by Taylor Brook
4. Red Eyes, Green Lion’s Teeth, Golden Heads (2017) for oboe d’amore and tape by Julian Snow
5. Chiasmus (2018) for English horn and synthesizer by Matt Carlson
6. Silkys (2020) for oboe and field recordings by Catherine Lee and Juniana Lanning

Catherine Lee – oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, and field recordings
Matt Carlson – synthesizer on track 5
Juniana Lanning – sound manipulation on track 6

Remote Together is a beautifully cathartic, explorative and timely album that showcases oboist Catherine Lee’s “ravishing [performance, and] absolute control over her instrument.” (Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review) A follow-up to her highly acclaimed solo album, social sounds, “a CD as compelling as it is eminently listenable,” (The WholeNote) Remote Together offers a wide variety of unexpected sonic appeal, responsive to pandemic culture. Through works for the oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn thoughtfully integrated with field recordings, manipulated sounds and electronics, Lee takes the listener on a compelling, evolutionary journey. Featuring the music of Canadian and American composers residing in the Pacific Northwest, the album begins in familiar territory surrounding a lush, Baroque-inspired melody, and then travels through previously uncharted soundworlds in which Lee interacts with the unlikely but welcome partners of renaissance chant, falling rain, zither, and microtonal shift. As the co-creator of the final piece, Lee provides a gorgeous culminatory exploration of the lifecycle of the bombyx mori (domestic silk moth), showcasing the beauty and power of metamorphosis, and offering insight, perspective, and possibility around the ways in which our human existence and work has changed during this time of seclusion. With the majority of these pieces specifically composed for her and incorporating varying degrees of improvisation, Lee’s “deep understanding of the expressive possibilities of her instruments,” (New Music Buff), and flow of “fresh, unencumbered musical ideas” (The Double Reed) is on full display.

Reviews

the inherent beauty of her instruments’ timbres are maximized by the musicality she brings to even the most experimental setting. Her instruments allow for such natural human expression they can’t help but engage…” – Ron Schepper, Textura

“Artistic responses to the pandemic are already plentiful… But I doubt that many will have the force of impact and emotional resonance of Remote Together, the latest solo endeavor by Portland musician Catherine Lee… The discordance and beauty throughout are a perfect reflection of finding flickers of peace and comfort amid the nonstop madness.” Robert Ham, Voice of Energy

“Remote Together is a compelling evolutionary journey of spacious deep beauty – explorative, moving and cathartic. The sonics of the oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn are integrated with field recordings, manipulated sounds and electronics – all featuring Lee, whose tone, timbre and melodic inventions are impeccable in this graceful listening journey.”Brian Cutean, Southeast Examiner of Portland Oregon 

Lee showcases her beautiful dark tone on all three instruments and her mastery of 20th-century techniques. Remote Together is a direct reflection of current society and nature’s ability to adapt to surrounding circumstances.” – Melissa Scott, The Wholenote

Credits:
Produced by Catherine Lee
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 recorded and engineered by Josh Powell at The Map Room, Portland, Oregon
Track 6 oboe and field recordings recorded by Catherine Lee at Tadpole Labs
Mixed by Josh Powell (1, 2), Taylor Brook (3), and Juniana Lanning (4, 5, 6)
Mastering by Josh Powell / The Map Room except (6) by Taylor Brook
Cover photomicrograph of shed silkworm exoskeleton by Catherine Lee
Graphic design and layout by Dylan Marcus McConnell / Tiny Little Hammers
Head shot by Rene Grossso

Websites:
Taylor Brook: www.taylorbrook.info
Dana Reason: www.danareason.com
Matt Carlson: https://goldenretriever.bandcamp.com
Julian Snow: https://juliansnow.bandcamp.com
Juniana Lanning: https://www.junianasounddesign.com
Jordan Nobles: www.jordannobles.com