Unearthly Delights

Unearthly Delights

More than just hellish hedonism
Anne LeBaron
Pasha Tseitlin
Nic Gerpe
Anne LeBaron
Mark Robson
Julie Feves
Jon Stehney
Alison Bjorkedal
Mark Menzies
Kirsten Ashley Wiest
Chris Stoutenborough
Jim Sullivan
Erik Rynearson
Charlie Tyler
Eric Shetzen
Nicholas Olof Jacobson-Larson
Stephanie Aston
Andy Dwan
Linnea Powell
Nick Deyoe
Cory Hills
Catalog Number: 
#1 026
new classical
solo voice

Valencia, CA

Release Date: 
Nov 13, 2020
Liner Notes: 
2 CD
Unearthly DelightsiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
2.Los Murmullos10:29
3.Devil in the Belfry11:19
4.Julie’s Garden of Unearthly Delights11:43
5.Poem for Doreen (1)03:20$0.99
7.Is Money Money09:20$0.99
8.After a Dammit to Hell09:47$0.99
9.Creación de las aves08:34$0.99
11.A – Zythum18:43
12.Poem for Doreen (2)03:07$0.99
One Sheet: 

From Gothic horror to ghostly whispers to Boschian excesses, Anne LeBaron’s music evokes fantastical worlds tempered by excavations of Bach-tinged ruins. Ramping things up, she embellishes Gertrude Stein’s ruminations on money with call bells and ratchets to materialize cash registers in sound, followed by a musical depiction of a fiery sandwich. Topping it all off, she lifts all the words on the spines of volumes forming the first Oxford English Dictionary, transforming them into a whirlwind of utterances punctuated by the letter A, Hobbit, Walrus, and Zythum.

Unearthly Delights, a collection of chamber and solo works from the past decade, begins with the unearthly power of the crack in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. As depicted in the initial work, Fissure, the crack widenswith renderings of a door harp recording in a haunted mansion blended with a hairbrush strumming piano strings. Meanwhile, the loosely sketched characters Roderick and Madeline play their piano and violin amid gathering doom. Another Poe story, Devil in the Belfry, was the impetus for a piece of the same name, for violin and piano. Friskier than many of Poe’s stories, it warns of the dangers of disrupting time. Los Murmullos, for vocalizing pianist,distills the murmurs and whispers permeating Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, while conjuring scenes from the novel.

With its hellish hedonistic excesses, The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, jump-started Julie’s Garden of Unearthly Delights. Square-waved multiphonic bassoon tremolos, frogs singing in Julie’s garden, and two live bassoons blast away in the night. Harp and violin solos calm things down (Poem for Doreen; Four). Gertrude Stein questions the role of money; one bassoon returns to conjure a Dammit to Hell sandwich, and the alchemical creation of birds by an Owl-Woman (painted by Remedios Varo) is invoked in a piano solo. A – Zythum tears through bizarre words and even non-words to offer a distinctive history of the OED. Poem for Doreen returns, the languid portrait of a friend performed by two different harpists.

A Los Angeles-based experimentalist who is an innovative performer on the harp as well as a composer embracing unusual challenges, Anne LeBaron’s compositions have been performed around the globe. Venues in Italy, Mexico, Sydney, Vienna, Sweden, Kazakhstan, New York, Los Angeles, Italy, Perth, and elsewhere have programmed her works for chamber ensemble, orchestra, opera, and chorus, and presented her as a performer. LeBaron teaches in the Experimental Sound Practices and Composition Program at CalArts.



"It was tempting to save composer/harpist Anne LeBaron’s lavish new double album Unearthly Delights – streaming at Spotify – for this coming October’s annual monthlong Halloween celebration here. But waiting that long would only deprive you of its many wicked treats. New classical music has seldom been so darkly and playfully entertaining." [FULL ARTICLE]