Reviews that mention Utar Artun
January 16, 2021
The Rise Up: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Inspiration
A complex but not complicated work The Rise Up is a tripartite orchestral tone poem dealing with Sufi, Sephardic Jewish and Muslim Middle Eastern history with American soprano saxophone master Dave Liebman as chief soloist. With each section divided into three parts, Turkish-American composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s score melds scraps of the region’s traditional music with explicit Jazz improvisations and Westernized arrangements reminiscent of Gil Evans’ work.
Known for his inspiring improvising and pedagoguery, Liebman has performed with everyone from Elvin Jones to Evan Parker. A multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist composer, on the faculty of Boston’s New England Conservatory, Sanlıkol has composed operas and worked with everyone from Esperanza Spalding to the American Composers Orchestra. These orchestrations for 27 musicians and singers involve a clutch of traditional instruments from Arab countries as well as brass, woodwinds and strings. MORE