On Thin Ice

by Neil Burns

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An experimental suite for solo voice, choir, piano, bells, glockenspiel and double bass, On Thin Ice is primarily a study in atmosphere, marked by brittle dissonances and modal pedals, with textures ranging from static, glacial cool to darkly ominous, reflecting both the fragile beauty of icy landscapes and the threat of climate change which now often accompanies such images in the popular psyche. On Thin Ice combines a studio-based approach with traditional, score-based composition and popular song-influenced forms with minimalist and development-based forms.

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released May 1, 2009

Neil Burns: lead and choir vocals, piano, glock, tubular bells. Lorna McLaughlin and Siobhan Shiels: choir vocals. Rohan Armstrong: double bass.

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Neil Burns Downpatrick, UK

Neil Burns is a composer based in Derry & Down, N. Ireland. His work navigates the cracks between impressionism, minimalism, ambient and contemporary classical, with hints of jazz, and pop culture debris.

He also writes odd pop/jazz/folk songs with Comrade Hat and, more occasionally, electronica as Withneil and I.
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