KOVAC, BORIS: Times of Day.
Weíre very pleased to be releasing this. What Boris does is without parallel or precedent, and heís been doing it for over 40 years, perfecting a language that is uniquely his own: not chamber music, not world music, not jazz Ė but demanding performance skills vital to all three. What do you call a music that is fully scored, played only by acoustic instruments and demands not only extremely high technical standards from its performers but - if they are to imbue what is written with its proper ritual body - shared histories and deep cultural roots? To grasp the essence of this work, the composition and the ensemble need to be considered together and itís this aspect of Borisí work that is so exceptional. Composers write scores, while folk and jazz ensembles spin the present out of collective memory; Boris somehow manages to do both, and there is a depth here thatís not in the notes or in the performances but in an ability to tap into a collective reservoir of archetypical resonances. That's the source of its intangible strength and apparent inevitability. It has, as we say, the ring of truth. L First 50 signed and numbered.