25 years ago, David Shea released a crafty piece of complex philosophical and narrative audiocolage: The Tower of Mirrors. Composed and produced in New York City, during September-October 1995, it includes 24 tracks, and features guests such as David Morley on analog synthesizer programming, Dave Douglas on trumpet, Zeena Parkins on piano & prepared piano, Jim Pugliese on percussions.
the Tower of Mirrors was the third album of David Shea released by Sub Rosa, after the acclaimed Prisoner and I (for sampler solo).
This is what DS had to say about it in 1995 >
"In 1994, i wrote a work based on the Hsi-Yu Chi novel for a large ensemble and sampler which used the 100 chapters as a map for creating an independent musical work. The Tower of Mirrors is a work that began as a collection of pieces for sampler solo and for sampler and solo instrumentalist. a series of 'mirrors' for solos and duos based on parts of the novel. also a collection of tributes to composers in ambient dance music, exotica,
easy listening film music and experimental music formed separate points of entry. in particular many of the great
arrangers and composers of the period from 1955-64 who were the pioneers of stereo recording such as: Esquivel,
Marty Gold, The Three Suns, André Popp... historical teachings (often completely out of order), religious
lessons, and a host of allegorical, historical figures encountered much in the same way as in Dante's La Divina Comedia."
2019, looking into the (in)side mirror, David Shea says more about this particular experiment:
"I'm reflecting today on the period of my life where I was immersed in the Chinese mythological Taoist/Buddhist
stories of the Monkey King - Sun Wu Kung - titled, in English, The Journey to the West. I was also lost in sea of Hong Kong films and living in New York working in many of John Zorn's projects (Elegy....... więcej