The Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak on Ensemble dal Niente’s ambitious debut

Ensemble dal Niente, Aaron Einbond: Without Words

Chicago’s Ensemble dal Niente proclaims its ambition with its first album, a collection of pieces by New York composer Aaron Einbond. He built most of them from delicate environmental sounds, both urban and rural, combining them thrillingly with musique concrete and radical extended techniques. On the title piece, soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett weaves violent wordless utterances and borrowed texts through massive reed splats and punishing string thwacks—with some sounds enhanced or obliterated by electronics.

–Peter Margasak

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