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Lachrymae CD


The Music

The project's main objective was to bring focus to the universality of our experiences. Since the catalyst for the whole project was the piece of music by Benjamin Britten, titled 'Lachrymae op.48a', it made sense that the universal language of music needed to be a part of this project.

The Lachrymae score composed by Max Baloian followed the same principals of equivalence that guided the rest of the project. Like the tears covering the paper, the simple melodic pattern repeated throughout the score creates a structure which frees performers to work individually, but ultimately collective, to author a single voice. In this spirit, the music isn't domain to the composer or the performers, but hopefully invoked within the listener.

Max Baloian on accordion. Daniel Baer on violin. Jason Ditzian on clarinet. The limited edition Lachrymae compact disc is available for purchase.

Track II, 2nd movement   (excerpt from the Lachrymae score*)

Track V, Intro   (excerpt from the Lachrymae score*)

Max Baloian - Composer, Accordion

Born in Fresno, California, Max Baloian has been composing and performing music in various ensembles for the past ten years. While earning his degree in cinema from San Francisco State University, Baloian was given the opportunity to compose for film and other multimedia events. His original pieces for the spoken word/photography project Eclipses have been performed in the Bay Area as well as on the East Coast and were awarded grants from the Peninsula Community Foundation and Redwood City School District. Most recently, he has devoted his time to film production and working with the Bay Area ensemble Nanos Operetta where he has been able to fashion music based around his love of film scores, Eastern-European folk melodies, and 20th Century chamber music.

Daniel Baer - Violin

Daniel Baer started playing the violin as a first-grader in Lexington, Kentucky, in the mid-1970s. Since moving to San Francisco eight years ago, he has played in various local groups, ranging in style from klezmer to classical to punk. He is currently the violinist for Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra, whose score for the silent-film classic Nosferatu has become a Bay Area Halloween stand-by. Working primarily as a documentary filmmaker, Daniel earlier this year completed The Hotel Upstairs, an hour-long film about life in a North Beach residential hotel, which screened locally this fall at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Jason Ditzian - Clarinet

Hailing from Wayland, Massachusetts, Jason graduated from George Washington University in 1999, and traveled to California where he had a revelation that after 14 years of saxophony, his true identity was that of clarinet player. Jason is also a freelance travel writer, who just recently returned from a 5 month expedition through India and South East Asia. As of late, he can be found studying Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music and trying to keep up with Max Baloian's compositions in the Bay Area ensemble, Nanos Operetta

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