Preludes are musical cocktails: intriguing and intoxicating on their own, they also hold the promise of something more to come. You might share cocktails before a big meal, just as a prelude often introduces a more substantial fugue. Cocktails can be sweet (think of a Cosmo!), strong (gin martini), classic (Tom Collins, anyone?) or new and adventurous (what’s that one that is Red Bull and vodka?), and our selections from four centuries of preludes are equally eclectic. Prelude Cocktail includes two world premiere sets of preludes by American composers Katherine Hoover and Roshanne Etezady, as well as our own brand new arrangements of favorites of the genre by Debussy, Gershwin, Bach, Chopin, Shostakovich and Scriabin. Guest clarinetist, Christopher Grymes, joins us on two preludes and fugues by Shostakovich.
What about the promise of a prelude? That there is more to come? If fugues by Bach and Shostakovich aren’t enough… Lawler + Fadoul’s debut CD, Prelude Cocktail is the first stage of our long-term project to expand the repertoire for flute and marimba, both by commissioning new works and by arranging favorites for other instruments. All works on the CD are world premiere recordings that herald the rich sonic and expressive potential of the combination of flute and marimba. Lawler moves from flute to piccolo and alto flute and back again, as Fadoul plays both marimba and vibraphone, in quick succession or at the same time. The addition of clarinet, beautifully played by guest artist Christopher Grymes, is a surprising and welcome ingredient.
The transcriptions have allowed us to explore the range and richness of what the unique flute-marimba combination can achieve – we see it as a way of looking forward while looking back.”