NATHANIEL STOOKEY

Junkestra

Pasatiempo - - Pasa Tempos - — James M. Keller

If ever a CD de­served pro­gram notes, it’s this one; and yet none are pro­vided with this sur­pris­ing re­lease. What In­nova should have let you know is that Nathaniel Stookey (b. 1970) has all sorts of re­spectable cred­its on his ré­sumé, in­clud­ing a com­poser in res­i­dence stint at the Hallé Or­ches­tra (Manch­ester, U.K.) and per­for­mances from a pas­sel of lead­ing Amer­i­can orches­tras. Af­ter that it gets in­ter­est­ing. In 2007, he snagged a four-month en­gage­ment as artist in res­i­dence for Norcal Waste Sys­tems, and in that ca­pac­ity he scoured the San Fran­cisco Solid Waste Trans­fer and Re­cy­cling Cen­ter (aka the San Fran­cisco dump) in search of po­ten­tial mu­si­cal in­stru­ments. The re­sult, he re­ported, was “a sonorous col­lec­tion of pipes, pans, mix­ing bowls, bot­tles, serv­ing trays, deck rail­ings, dresser draw­ers, oil drums, bike wheels, saws, garbage cans, bath­room fix­tures, bird cages, and shop­ping carts.” Thus was born Junkestra, a vi­brantly en­er­getic, bright-toned piece that calls to mind a Ba­li­nese game­lan. In this de­but record­ing, the piece is en­trusted to seven per­cus­sion­ists from the Bay Area plus mu­si­cal-saw vir­tu­oso David Weiss, all con­ducted by Ben­jamin Schwartz. The three move­ments es­ca­late into a fi­nale ti­tled “(Where does the Lone Ranger take his garbage?),” based on Rossini’s Wil­liam

Tell over­ture. The whole CD runs about 15 min­utes, which is prob­a­bly enough, and it is priced ac­cord­ingly.

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