17
spring
2013
arches
Zoophilic Follies
;
X-Ray Sunsets
Daniel Corral ’04 and Timur and the Dime Museum
Downloadable audio
;
Timur and the Dime Museum describe themselves
as a “dark glam opera band.”Which means you’ve
never heard anything quite like them. Daniel Cor-
ral composes music for the group and is its accor-
dion player. The front man is Timur Bekbosunov, a
tenor with an extraordinary range.
The group has released two albums since last
spring:
Zoophilic Follies
came out in March 2012,
and
X-Ray Sunsets
had an unofficial release in Jan-
uary 2013 at the Prototype Opera Festival in New
York.
Zoophilic Follies
is a puppet opera by Corral
that relates some of the lesser-known adventures
of Daedalus. The first track, “Welcome to Crete,” immediately demon-
strates the performers’ versatility; it begins with an industrial/electronic
clatter and gradually morphs into sweet and delicate chamber music.
X-Ray Sunsets
rocks a little harder and is more varied in style. The
opera and chamber music influences are clear, but I hear vaudeville,
progressive rock, and a hootenanny in there, too, with bits of P.D.Q.
Bach and Queen sprinkled in. I know—on this page it looks like a
total mess, but the ear loves it. Smart, witty, virtuosic, a little bit raun-
chy—Timur and the Dime Museum are fun, talented, and entertaining
recording artists.
Greg Scheiderer
Cello Graces
David Lyles ’70
Audio CD
The music on
Cello Graces
is solidly connected to
nature. Many of the compositions are inspired by
the weather or other Earth attributes. “Rainforest”
begins with the sounds of a gentle shower. “Snow-
fall” was recorded during the first flurries of a Port-
land, Ore., winter. David Lyles composed the dozen
pieces on the album, with co-writing on some of them by a friend,
Steve Wagner, who also plays guitar on several tracks. Many of the tunes
feature multiple cellos in conversation with each other.
Lyles was in the college orchestra while at Puget Sound but says he
got serious about performing again only fairly recently. The cello he
plays on the album is the same one he purchased while in high school
nearly 50 years ago and brought with him to Tacoma. Back then, short
on cash and getting more interested in theater, guitars, and rock and
roll, he nearly sold it. The late Professor Ed Seferian and Bruce Rodgers,
director of the School of Music at the time, helped dig up a little money
to allow him to keep the instrument. He’s grateful for that.
GS
Three Preludes
Arranged for bassoon and piano by KeithWard, professor of music
Sheet music
TrevCo Music Publishing;
Bassoonists in search of pieces to play are in no danger
of being overwhelmed by a mountain of choices. Any
time something new and excellent surfaces, it’s met
with joyous attention from the bassoon community.
Bring on the joy. Keith Ward, director of the Puget
Sound School of Music, has arranged these three 1927
piano preludes of Gershwin for bassoon and piano.
This music is familiar, and filled with energy, rhythm, and soul—the
kind of music that’s very fulfilling to play.
Professor Ward, with the input of excellent bassoonist (and Puget
Sound affiliate artist) Paul Rafanelli, has done a terrific job. The
bassoon part is completely idiomatic. The faster music successfully
provides a technical challenge without being daunting, and the slow
middle movement sits right in the sweet spot for lyrical bassoon play-
ing. The arrangement is loyal to the original piano version while adding
the extra spice of the bassoon. Bravo, Professor Ward!
Seth Krimsky
(
The reviewer is principal bassoonist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
and a member of the music faculty at the University of Washington.)
Tumbili: A Novel
Anne Miller Johnson, M.D.”
345
pages; e-book
Booktango; available at amazon.com
Anne Miller Johnson, the name of the narrator of
Tum-
bili
,
is a
nom de plume
for Frederick F. Holmes ’54 and
his wife, Grace E.F. Holmes. The two conceived the plot
for
Tumbili
some 20 years ago and finally got around to
getting their novel published this year. You can forgive
the authors for the time it took to write the book. Both
are widely published physicians, often as joint authors.
Tumbili
the Swahili word for “monkey”—is set in Tanganyika in
the 1960s. Young doctors Paul Miller and Elisabeth “Lise” Herter are the
protagonists of this romance/medical mystery thriller. The couple dies
young, before their daughter, Anne Miller Johnson, gets to know them.
Anne tells their tale largely by sharing letters her parents wrote to one
another and to friends and family. These letters reveal the true nature of
Paul’s and Lise’s untimely end: They stumbled onto a sinister germ war-
fare plan—a scheme that may have been the origin of the AIDS virus.
Holmes and Holmes drew on their own medical experience in
Africa, which included stops at outposts in Malaysia and Tanzania in
the ’60s and ’70s, to inform their thrilling tale.
Fred Holmes grew up just down the street from UPS. His mother,
Margaret Holmes, taught typing to World War II veterans at the univer-
sity and later served for many years as purchasing agent.
GS