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