Music Professor's Compositions Earn Great Reviews

Two compositions by David Maki, assistant professor of music theory and composition in the NIU School of Music, were featured on two commercial CDs released last fall.

Maki’s piece “Ilta” is featured on the CD “Simultaneous Worlds” by the percussion and flute duo Due East and released by Albany Records. The CD was recorded, engineered and mastered at NIU by Dan Nichols, assisted by professor Peter Middleton, and includes liner notes written by Brian Hart, associate professor of musicology. Due East is made up of NIU associate professor of percussion Greg Beyer and flutist Erin Lesser.

The March/April 2011 issue of American Record Guide says, “ ‘Ilta’ is meditative and beautiful, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for our time. The performance is atmospheric, and the alto flute is soulful. Various types of percussion ching like twinkling stars and ring like clouds in the waning light.”

The second CD, also released by Albany records, is “Quest: New Music for Violin and Cello” by Duo XXI (Anna Cromwell, violin; Mira Frisch, cello), and features Maki’s piece “Blue Refracted.”

The May/June 2011 issue of Fanfare Magazine says, “Ah, the joys of being a Fanfare reviewer! I am happy to report at the outset that this batch of new works has made this particular voyage of discovery a pleasant one, for the music is invariably arresting and interesting.”

Congratulations, Dave!

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