Castor&Pollux Music

Curtis Glatter Narcotics and Dissecting Knives

Castor and Pollux Music CD006


1. Launch pt. 1
2. Launch pt.2
for percussion and tape
3. Edison:Omage
for percussion and tape
4. Baraka Triptych
for percussion, tape and electronics
5. Nimbus
for percussion
Recorded April 2001 - Curtis Glatter
Digital Transfer and Mix Nathan Hubbard
Composer/Improviser/Percussionist Curtis Glatter packed up shop and moved from Detroit, Michigan to San Diego, California in the year 2000. Never one to sit still, Glatter immediately began working with several of San Diego's busiest musicians, most notably percussionist Nathan Hubbard. With Hubbard, Glatter formed the Glatter/Hubbard Duo and began a series of concerts at the San Diego Public Library premiering new music for silent films including "Vampyr" by Carl Theodore Dreyer, "Blood of a Poet" by Jean Cocteau and "Roshoman" by Akira Kurosawa. While composing and performing, Glatter also began writing reviews and critical essays for the San Diego New Music organization, eventually becoming the lead editor for the San Diego New Music Newsletter in 2003. More recently, Glatter has created a music series called NEW SOUNDS DOWNTOWN showcasing local artists and presenting new works. While his work as a critic and curator have been well noted, his more recent compositions have yet to be documented thoroughly. This recording seeks to rectify that dilemma. The pieces on "Narcotics and Dissecting Knives" were recorded in 2001, and they showcase Glatter's interest in solo percussion and his lo-fi electronic aesthetic all the while broadening the aural landscape with the use of electronics, sampled material and synthesizers. Recorded in one single take, this suite of pieces moves from the light humor of "Edison: Omage" to the more serious "Baraka Triptych" and other pieces. As Glatter recently stated in regards to the 2007 release of these archived recordings:

"These recordings enabled me to follow my interest in experimenting with original samples from nature, recorded loops, electronics and live percussion. 'Launch,' for instance, is a tribute to the progress Americans have made throughout the years and it also a tribute to the lack of progress that occasionally thwarts humanity along the way (i.e. Nixon's "Cease Fire" as quoted from a speech ending the Vietnam War). Thomas Edison and Amira Baraka were extremely influential on my creative development while living in Detroit, Michigan so 'Omage' and 'Triptych' were imperative motives designed for elaboration."