Beyond Sonic Boundaries Live! 2010
After Keith Kramer's two groundbreaking releases on the Navona label, Emerge and Causal Dualism, the film Beyond Sonic Boundaries Live! 2010 chronicles a New York performance of the composer's most innovative works, featuring riveting and powerful performances by some of today's best musicians, including David LaVorgna, flute, Jessica Hanel Satava, soprano, Joseph Satava, piano, Gottfried Stoger, soprano saxophone, Sebastian Stoger-DeMayo, violoncello, David Taylor, bass trombone and the Azimuth String Quartet. Bonus features on this DVD include a performance by the harp and saxophone duo Pictures on Silence, as well as complete biographies and exclusive behind the scenes rehearsal photos. Here is what the critics are saying about Keith Kramer's music: 'The titles of Kramer's music imply a fundamentally existential component. Hearing it underscores that fact. This is music of states of being-of living in the moment and savoring it. Despite it's sometimes rapidly moving notes, it is, in the end, music of great tranquility, and it's generally non-tonal underpinning gives it a sense of having neither beginning nor end.' - William Zagorski, Fanfare, Mar/Apr 2012 'Kramer achieves originality through his personal harmonic and rhythmic language, and not because he is seeking it as an end in itself. Kramer proves that, even in this more 'difficult' style, he can write music that sounds like that of no one else. The composer gravitates in the work between conflict and agreement between his protagonists, a device that helps sustain interest in a work that defies easy formal analysis.' - David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare, Jul/Aug, 2013.