Roan Mountain Suite
Label: DoubleTime Music
The Kontras Quartet team up again with the Kruger Brothers for a very special original work, commissioned to honor the region, history and legacy of Tennessee’s Roan Mountain.
The Roan Mountain Suite honors the 50th anniversary of the inaugural meeting to conserve the Roan, an effort initiated by the late husband of patron Judy Murray of Kingsport, TN. Dedicated to the memory of Stanley A. Murray, 1923-1990, The Roan Mountain Suite is a musical experience honoring the treasured landscape of the region.
Stan Murray was a 14-year chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conference, a visionary and champion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and Highlands of Roan, and Founder of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. The Roan Mountain Suite is a vibrant new example of the Jens Kruger's brilliant ability to enlist the illustrative power of music to tell a story in eloquent detail.
The recording took place in the DoubleTime Music studio in North Carolina on the 2nd and 3rd of January 2017. All tracks were recorded in one go, sitting in a circle just as we might play it on a mountain top.
Label: MSR Classics - Catalog No. MS1537
Works by Hajime Koumatsu, Igor Stravinsky, Dan Visconti, and Kevin Volans.
* World Premiere recording of Dan Visconti's Ramshackle Songs
* Included on the first-round ballot for the 2015 Grammys - Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance (Classical), Best Engineered Album (Classical), Best Contemporary Composition (Classical)
The founding members of Kontras grew up on four different continents, yet we bonded over our passion for good music. We set out as a group to present fine, diverse music from our home countries that could be appreciated in any culture, and chose repertoire with the intention that our first album would feature one piece each from Russia, South Africa, Japan and the United States. The heart of our mission has always been to celebrate that which we have in common. Our name may seem to go against this mission, given that Kontras means “contrasts” in Afrikaans, but we have found that diversity can enhance our lives and broaden our perspective in a way that is uplifting, and exciting. When we earnestly share the things about ourselves that define our personal histories (such as music from our various cultures), and respond with curiosity, a remarkable thing happens: we find ourselves learning to understand each other better. And when we understand each other, then we have more in common, and more to cherish.