It’s the beginning of summer in the early part of the 20th century. God smiles upon where you live because it’s been quite mild and you’ve been able to rock that seersucker suit without getting a drop of sweat on it. Your humble estate that spans hundreds of acres has given you space for your friends, the town, your family, your crops and the various livestock from which your family is able to live from. You’ve been called the Southern version of Jay Gatsby, for the obscenely huge parties you hold. For a party you’re holding today, you’ve hired Sean McCann (who played pretty much everything on this album, fun fact) to bring out the big guns. McCann and his ensemble romps and whisks through the trees and blades of grass like the gentle breeze you feel striking your face. You’re going to get your money’s worth from McCann and more. Check out the Spotify stream of Music For Private Ensemble below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

R5 – Sean McCann – “Music For Private Ensemble” LP
Introduction: Reservations / An Exchange Of Courtesies pts. 1 & 2 – 12:21
Character Change – 7:30
City With All The Angles – 10:30
Conclusion: Our Days Of Generosity Are Over / Arden – 8:23
Music For Private Ensemble

Music For Private Ensemble is Sean McCann’s first new solo album since 2011′s The Capital. Demonstrating a more serious study of orchestration and timbre than his previous work; it is a big step forward. The four arrangements presented here shy away from the use of synthesizers and effects processing – instead relying on voicing and movement to actuate the album’s sentiments. Inspired by the grandiosity of John Adams, the concerned somberness of Gavin Bryars, and the guttural tape work of Fluxus artists.

Private Ensemble was written, recorded, and laboriously edited over the course of 17 months, composed both traditionally as well as through the clustering and organization of improvisations. McCann played violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, glockenspiel, and percussion. He was forced to notate samples of bassoon, french horn, and timpani, as those were not available resources at the time.

Taking multi-tracking to extremes, many of the pieces surpass 100 layers of instruments. However this structural depth does not lead to chaos; no sound on Private Ensemble is unintentional. The objective with the ambitious multi-tracking and precision editing was to achieve the sound of a full orchestra. The only other person appearing on the album is vocalist Kayla Cohen (Itasca), her layered singing is formed into a small choir to help conclude the record.

This album reveals McCann’s most refined work to date, indicating the beginning of his transformation into a modern composer.

Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering
Pressed at RTI in an edition of 500 copies, with full color insert

Deluxe edition of 195 on marbled-green wax, with bonus compact disk of unreleased material.

Price $13.95

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