Bike Lane

by Leah Paul

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released May 12, 2012

Leah Paul - Flute
Katie Young - Bassoon
Chris Speed - Clarinet
Jessica Pavone - Viola

Recorded, Mixed by Shahzad Ismaily
Mastered by Mell Dettmer

'Bike Lane' is a collection of composed music featuring Chris Speed (clarinet,) Jessica Pavone (viola,) Katie Young (bassoon,) and Leah Paul (flutes.) The pieces Leah has written for this group explore the lush range of textures and timbres these instruments have in common, while maintaining her rich melodic sensibilities. The inspiration for this album is the ever-merging scenes of classical, improvised, and rock music that are unique to New York City. It is composed chamber music channeling pop structure, with an improvisational spirit and feel.

The musicians featured on Bike Lane are all equally versed in classical and improvised traditions, thus creating a unique fluidity of phrasing and interpretation. These pieces were designed to sound bigger than the sum of their parts, and through Leah’s writing and orchestration this is achieved with an organic sounding ease. Every track on the album evokes a different vignette. Innovative and unexpected turns keep the listener engaged on this fast-moving journey through reedy brisk soundscapes and songs.


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All nine tunes here are fully composed, treated with translucent contrapuntal arrangements, a serene timbre, and a sweet articulation of their pretty and elegant melodies. In fact, while operating like a sophisticated chamber ensemble, the quartet reveals a wonderfully fluid, graceful pop sensibility. There’s nothing cheap or shallow about the music, but the themes lodge in the memory like radio hits.
Peter Margasak

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Leah Paul Los Angeles, California

Leah Paul is a composer/ multi-instrumentalist performing regularly in New York City and Los Angeles. Leah has her own ensemble of dynamic musicians that regularly perform her genre-bending chamber music.

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