Cellist Darrett Adkins released Myth & Tradition, a new album of music that he commissioned. The recording includes Su Lian Tan’s Legends of Kintamani. Adkins partnered with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, directed by Timothy Weiss, to premiere this work.
Tan writes, “Legends of Kintamani was inspired by travels to Southeast Asia and specifically Bali. The five movement storytelling form depicts a return to a more innocent time, one where mythology and reality combine in fairy tales.
The piece opens with an invocation, a chorale-like ode to the landscape. The Garuda swoops in and forcefully claims his status, calling to his minions and commanding the forces of nature. At the end of the movement he performs Silat, a Malaysian form of stylized combat. He alights having been beguiled by a rainbow and sings a serenade to her. Night falls, and the Solo Cello evokes a soft veil surrounding the environment. The forest creatures come to a rest while mysterious sounds and voices emanate from different corners of the landscape. Gamelan textures lead the way into the morning, an aubade signifying a joyous new beginning.”
Legends of Kintamani will soon be available from E. C. Schirmer.
Darrett Adkins is Associate Professor of Cello at Oberlin Conservatory. Adkins has commissioned and been the dedicatee of many important new works for cello, including concertos by Su Lian Tan and Philip Cashian, as well as Jeffrey Mumford’s concerto, which Adkins premiered with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He performed the U.S. premieres of Birtwhistle’s Meridian and Donatoni’s Le Ruisseau sur l’escalier at Tanglewood, and the New York premieres of Rolf Wallin’s Grund at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Arne Nordheim’s Tenebrae (Alice Tully Hall), Messiaen’s Concerto for Four Instruments (Carnegie Hall), and Berio’s Sequenza XIVa (with the International Contemporary Ensemble), which Adkins also recorded for Naxos’ complete set of Sequenzas.
An avid chamber musician, Adkins performs and records in the United States and Europe with the Lions Gate Trio. He is a former member of the Zephyr Trio and the Flux Quartet, with which he gave the first complete performance of Morton Feldman’s Quartet II and made the subsequent recording on Mode Records. He has recorded with the Juilliard Quartet and been a guest at the festivals of Melbourne, Oslo Chamber Music, Ojai, Aspen, Tanglewood, and Chautauqua. He has performed standard concerti with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Tokyo Philharmonic, Suwon Philharmonic, National Symphony of the UFF in Rio de Janeiro, and the symphonies of New Hampshire and North Carolina.