The Space Between Us

Akropolis Reed Quintet

released March 24, 2017

The Space Between Us is the third studio release from Akropolis Reed Quintet, a group with a singular instrumentation, well on its way to redefining how modern wind chamber music groups present classical music. It’s an album about conflict and resolution, a story of how art and its reflection on life can bring people together.

It opens with the first studio recording of Jacob TV’s “Jesus Is Coming” for reed quintet, a composition that juxtaposes fragments of speech and babble against traditional chamber writing. It’s followed by four Akropolis commissioned works. A raucous amalgam of influences, David Biedenbender’s Refraction by turns evokes heavy metal, the vocal music of Guillaume de Machaut, and dubstep. The delicate, often meditative “Gallimaufry” by Rob Deemer belies the chaos implied by the title, while title track The Space Between Us by Gregory Wanamaker explores changing relationships through language, texture, color, and harmony. The album closes with John Steinmetz’s “Sorrow and Celebration,” which imitates a ceremony or ritual, calling people together to mourn and rejoice.

Formed in 2009 at the University of Michigan and winner of the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal, the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary imaginative musical… more

Tim Gocklin, Oboe
Matt Landry, Saxophone
Ryan Reynolds, Bassoon
Andrew Koeppe, Bass Clarinet
Kari Landry, Clarinet

Producer: Courtney Snyder Ng
Production Assistants: Theresa Zick & Nick Smith
Recorded at Bethlehem United Church of Christ
in Ann Arbor, MI May 2016
Recorded, Edited, Mixed, & mastered by Dave Schall Acoustic
Photos by Heather Nash Photography
Album Art by Kari Landry