Rocco e Rollo

January, 2020
CD Digipack
Arthur Gottschalk

A man whose music is described as “infectious , loud, and fun” (Gramophone Magazine), and “fascinatingly strange” (BBC Music Magazine), award-winning composer Arthur Gottschalk is Professor of Music Composition at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he founded and directed the school’s electronic music laboratories until 2002, and chaired the composition and theory department from 1997 to 2010. Additionally, he co-founded Modern Music Ventures, Inc., a company which held a recording studio complex, a record production division, four publishing firms, and an artist management division, and for whom he produced records for the PolyGram and Capitol labels, among others. 
He was a student of renowned American composers William Bolcom, Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett, and worked also with Mario Davidovsky and Aaron Copland. He likes to explore the interstices between popular and art music, and between the Sacred and Profane.

The seventh volume of Amirani Contemporary is dedicated to Arthur Gottschalk’s music.
Here you find three of his brilliantly transversal works featuring Rocco Parisi’s bass clarinet infinite vocabulary in an engaging performance.
Gottschalk’s compositions span from angular, dissonant to speeding up sound masses to contrapuntal intriguing melodies, chamber flavored moments along with rock, boogie and other dance rhythms. 
Dazzling and intense the music delivers a positive, colorful emotional palette that freely crosses style boundaries and involves the listener in a fully enjoyable experience.


1. Rocco e Rollo

Rocco Parisi bass clarinet
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Allan Wilson

Recorded on June 19, 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia

2. Quintet for Bass Clarinet and Strings

Rocco Parisi Bass clarinet
The Axiom String Quartet:
Dominika Dancewicz violin                                                                                              
Ingrid Gerling violin
Laura Krentzman viola
Patrick Moore cello 

Recorded on 21-24 March, 2018 in Houston, TX - USA
Andy Bradley productions
Sound engineer Andy Bradley

3. Doo Wop Decostruction

The Rocco Parisi’s Bass Clarinet Quartet:
Rocco Parisi bass clarinet
Paolo Turino bass clarinet
Edgardo Balassina bass clarinet
Carlo Giosuè Vallone bass clarinet

Recorded on November 11, 2018 at Sound Sistemi, Santhià, Italy
Sound engineer Gian Paolo Guercio