Paul and I had the pleasure of engineering and recording New Jersey born composer David Little’s Charm at the legendary and acoustically bountiful Joseph Meyerhoff Theatre here in Baltimore. This piece was commissioned and performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. While David is relatively young in the scheme of things he’s getting recognized for his skills as a composer. Steve Smith from Time Out New York writes, “…among the brightest lights to emerge in recent seasons.” And Anthony Tommasini from the New York Times says, “dramatically wild…rustling, raunchy and eclectic, showing real imagination”.
Charm was no small feat. Even the oboe player was confirming notes with David during the rehearsal. This piece is filled with complex rhythms and acrobatic melodies. There is lots of space, rest and time to relax, but just when you least expect it, the composition explodes with an almost industrial sound. I hear a lot of Philip Glass and Einstürzende Neubauten packed away in this 10 minute piece.
Engineered by Mat Leffler-Schulman and Paul Mercer
Mixed by Mat Leffler-Schulman