Pavel Karmanov’s “Get In”: A Sunny Post-Minimalist Quintet

Born in Siberia in 1970, the Russian composer, Pavel Karmanov, has been called “a romantic dressed in a minimalist gown.” Perhaps more accurately, Karmanov’s music inhabits the sunny, uninhibited world of post-minimalism. Influenced by the repeating patterns and pulse of the 1970s works of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, this music embraces tonality and the language of contemporary popular music. Karmanov is equally at home as a flutist, pianist, and rock musician. (From 2000 to 2017, he was a permanent member of the alternative band, Vezhlivy Otkaz).

Get In, a single movement quintet for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, and percussion, was commissioned in 2005 by the Seattle Chamber Players. The piece is dedicated to Karmanov’s son, Makar. It is filled with bright, shimmering colors and contrapuntal conversations. At moments, fragments of a Baroque keyboard invention seem to have wandered into a gradually shifting dreamscape.

Recordings

  • Karmanov: Get In, Asya Sorshneva, Olga Demina, Olga Ivusheikova, Evgeny Barkhatov, Dmitry Shchelkin soundcloud.com

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

1 thought on “Pavel Karmanov’s “Get In”: A Sunny Post-Minimalist Quintet”

  1. Such a genius, creative, and inventive set of nationalities who are musicians and authors, now known for gain-of-function EDP bio-labs and blowing their genius, creative slavic brains out.

    Nonetheless, it is easy to see why Tim adores the perfect pitch of this selection.

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