John McLaughlin Williams writes that Eliesha Nelson's new CD Permutations on the Sono Luminus label can be pre-ordered for February 24, 2015 release, on Amazon.com:
This is now available for pre-order.
American Classical Music and the Viola
GRAMMY nominated violist Eliesha Nelson has a passion for performing and promoting music of neglected composers who wrote masterworks for the viola. She has been critically acclaimed in international publications for her outstanding interpretive abilities. The L.A. Times wrote of her, "She is a marvelous player... a ravishing violist..."
This album is comprised of five virtuosic viola pieces that look at aspects of American music. The five different composers on this recording Nikolai Kapustin, John McLaughlin Williams, Ross Lee Finney, George Walker and Jeffrey Mumford have all created technically challenging works of strikingly disparate character. All of the composers are American with one exception: Russian Nikolai Kapustin, included because he incorporates American jazz elements in his music. In the last twenty years technology has made the world a smaller place in the sense that ideas and art forms can be exchanged much more easily across cultures. It is interesting to observe the manner in which aspects of American music have been incorporated into other musical traditions and compare that with the myriad ways these ideas are understood in the United States.