Trey Pollard (Natalie Prass, Foxygen) Announces Chamber Music Debut on Spacebomb Records
As the co-owner and in-house arranger of Spacebomb Records, Trey Pollard (arranger for Natalie Prass, Foxygen, Helado Negro, Matthew E. White, Bedouine, S-Town podcast) has had an illustrious career of music creation, but now he is excited to finally announce his proper debut as a contemporary classical composer in his own right. Antiphone, a series of compositions for a 16-piece orchestra comprised of strings and piano, was produced by Matthew E. White and will be released on November 16, 2018 via Spacebomb Records. To ring in the announcement, Pollard has shared the stop-motion video for "8 Pairs: Fugue VI. Very Slowly," which is available to stream or embed.
Pollard has also announced a pair of live performances for the music -- first comes a November 12performance at The Hofheimer in Richmond, VA, followed by a date at Brooklyn, NY's Rough Trade on November 15 to properly celebrate the album's release. Both dates will find Pollard accompanied by a live string quintet.
The music featured on Antiphone had a unique introduction -- its official world debut was via a live stream of the recording session from Montrose Recording in Richmond, VA. Not even Trey had heard the music yet -- this was the first time a group of musicians has performed it, and the stream allowed the listener to hear the music as it was rehearsed, perfected and recorded. The live stream consisted of the recording of two separate pieces with a 16-piece orchestra comprised of string players and a pianist, with Pollard at the helm as conductor. Viewers took a rare, intimate front-row seat as Pollard conducted and instructed his players while they rehearsed, and ultimately recorded, his debut compositions. It's not often that outsiders get such a close look inside the creative process of recording chamber music, especially not for a composer's anticipated debut.
Listen to "Fugue VI" here: