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The Soundwaves concert series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes three rising stars of new music for a CD release concert presenting Trajectories, the second full-length album by composer Michael Vincent Waller, with pianist R. Andrew Lee and cellist Seth Parker Woods. The performance will be 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 7 at the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Admission is free. The album will be released on September 8th, on Sean McCann’s Los Angeles based label, Recital, with photography by Phill Niblock and liner notes by “Blue” Gene Tyranny. Copies will be for sale at the show.

Michael Vincent Waller is an American composer based in New York City. His music has been described as lyrical and introspective, drawing inspiration from impressionism, post-minimalism and world music. Waller’s practice has been cultivated through private study with La Monte Young, Bunita Marcus, and with Elizabeth Hoffman as an undergrad at NYU. He has since collaborated with a number of noted soloists and ensembles including S.E.M. Ensemble, Ensemble Dedalus, String Noise, and members of the FLUX Quartet. Compared to Waller’s 2015 debut The South Shore, which offered a panorama of different instrumentation and approaches, Trajectories is more introspective and focused, working only with piano and cello through a personal language that is often intricate and spacious. http://michaelvincentwaller.com/

Pianist R. Andrew Lee is renowned for his performances of minimalist work. He has released 12 albums, predominantly long-form piano recordings, on his label Irritable Hedgehog — including November by Dennis Johnson, which was selected by Time Out New York as the best classical recording of 2013. http://randrewlee.com/

Cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a diverse career that straddles the worlds of classical, contemporary, electronics, and performance art. He has worked with artists ranging from Heinz Holier, G.F. Haas, and Klaus Lang to Peter Gabriel, Sting, and Aldo Tambellini and is on the cover of the August 2017 issue of Strings magazine http://stringsmagazine.com/cellist-seth-parker-woods/

Soundwaves is a monthly concert series-presenting artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at SoundwavesNewMusic.com.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

-Submitted by Jeff Schwartz, Reference Librarian

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