Album info



Label: New Amsterdam/Nonesuch

Genre: Electronic

Subgenre: Ambient

Artist: Daniel Wohl

Composer: Daniel Wohl

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • 1Melt03:53
  • 2Ships04:37
  • 3Orbit04:59
  • 4Move Slow03:30
  • 5Angel (feat. Poliça)04:27
  • 6Aftermatch04:34
  • 7Primal04:03
  • 8Dream Sequence04:40
  • 9Subray05:56
  • Total Runtime40:39

Info for État

New Amsterdam and Nonesuch Records release composer-performer Daniel Wohl’s album État on May 31, 2019. The album features electro-acoustic pieces written by Wohl, and includes guest performances by Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh with co-production by Son Lux’s Ryan Lott and mmph. État, recorded with members of yMusic and the Calder Quartet is the third release in a new partnership between the two record labels, established with the goal of enabling contemporary American composers to realize creative ambitions that might not otherwise be achievable.

Born and raised in Paris and currently residing in Los Angeles, Daniel Wohl is consistently celebrated for his distinctive blend of electronics with acoustic instrumentation to “surprising and provocative effect” (NPR). On État, Wohl pushes this combination to a new level, exploring the new dimensions that masterful production can provide. “While being fascinated with classically notated acoustic composition I also became interested in all the music production tools currently available and was drawn towards combining both methods,” Wohl explains. “I wanted to get as deep as I could into the production of sound.”

État, which in French means “state,” references an evocative image, both ancient and futuristic, that Wohl kept imagining as he created the music—an artifact from the past that holds a message, buried deep in the earth and slowly becoming exposed, until it is discoverable. “I find the notion pretty fascinating,” Wohl says, “that something is always there— knowledge, experience, an idea—you just need to be in the right state, or have the right lens, to be able to perceive it.”

Wohl, praised as one of his generation’s “imaginative, skillful creators” (New York Times), has produced albums and written orchestral and chamber works, as well as film, television, and ballet scores. He has collaborated on projects with Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Morgan Neville, Julia Holter, Son lux and Laurel Halo, and his music has been programmed by esteemed ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony (SoundBox), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (MusicNOW), the Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, the Calder Quartet, and the Mivos Quartet. Recent performances of his music have been held at Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, the Broad Museum, MASS MoCA, Sadler’s Wells, the Holland Festival and MoMA PS1.

Michi Wiancko, strings
Eliza Bagg, strings
Rob Moose, strings
Nadia Sirota, strings
Eric Byers, strings
Andie Springer, strings
Mariel Roberts, strings
Matt Evans (“Primal”), percussion
Dustin O’Halleran, piano (“Dream Sequence”)
Daniel Wohl (“Melt”, piano “Orbit”)
Channy Leaneagh, vocals (“Angel”)
Eliza Bagg, vocals (“Subray”)
Ryan Olson, synthesizer (“Subray”)
Ken Thomson, clarinet (“Subray”, “Angel”)
Alex Sopp, flute (“Angel”, “Subray”)

Daniel Wohl
Born and raised in Paris and currently residing in Los Angeles, Daniel Wohl's music blends electronics with acoustic instrumentation to often "surprising and provocative effect" (NPR). He has produced albums, orchestral and chamber works, film, television and ballet scores, and has received critical praise as one of his generation’s "imaginative, skillful creators" (New York Times) making music that is "beautiful...original" (Pitchfork).

Recent performances of his music have been held at the Broad Museum, MASS MoCA, the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Barbican, Sadler's Wells, the Holland Festival and MoMA PS1. His music has been performed/commissioned by a number of ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony (Soundbox series), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (MusicNOW series), the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The London Contemporary Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the American Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, So Percussion, the Calder Quartet, and the Mivos Quartet among others. He has also collaborated on albums/scores/performance projects with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Luca Guadagnino, Patty Jenkins, Morgan Neville, Dee Rees, David Lang, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, Son Lux, and Holy Other.

Recent and upcoming projects include, Etat an album out on Nonesuch and New Amsterdam in May 2019, 8 minutes, a ballet score for London's Sadler's Wells choreographed by Alexander Whitley - performances with the London Contemporary Orchestra (Kings Place, UK), and Slagwerk den Haag (Rewire, NL) - as well as a new piece for the Minneapolis based band Polica and the S t a r g a z e ensemble commissioned by Symphony Space (NY) and the Cross Linx Festival (Netherlands). He recently held residencies at MASS MoCA and Yaddo.

In 2016 Holographic, Daniel's sophomore album was released on New Amsterdam Records. Commissioned by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the music from the album was deemed "aggressive and gorgeous" (NPR) with an electroacoustic blend that was "expertly handled" (Pitchfork).

Daniel completed the scores for Berlinale selections Elixir (2015), Veronica (Netflix) (2017) as well as The Color of Time with (James Franco, Jessica Chastain and Mila Kunis). He is also writing the music for television shows "Search Party" (TBS), Robert Zimeckis' Project Blue Book, and They'll love me When i'm Dead a documentary by Morgan Neville for Netflix about Orson Welles. He's also contributed new arrangements of Vangelis' theme for the trailers to Blade Runner 2049.

A graduate of the doctoral program at the Yale School of Music, Daniel studied with David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Aaron Kernis and Ingram Marshall. He is a recipient of three ASCAP Young Composers awards, as well as grants from the Barlow Foundation, New Music USA, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Jerome Foundation.

Booklet for État

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