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Orchard Album Review
“carambola” exits the listen with Kline’s vision of ambience that’s precisely played by Eunmi Ko…A very diverse and exciting venture, the 14 players on hand each contribute much skill and warmth to the listen, and just like each fruit represented, the different textures, flavors and scents make for a sweet treat for the musical palette. – Take Effect
Anyone who sees the poetry in the piano solo will no doubt find it here as I did. A real boon to all inclined. Bravo! – Gapplegate Classical – Modern Music Review
Orchard project is a commissioning consortium and collaboration. As a pianist working frequently with living composers, I wanted to share my experience of commissioning and premiering new piano works with piano students. In 2018, my piano studio and I commissioned six different miniatures from Orchard, a collection of 50 piano pieces composed by Tyler Kline. We learned the pieces together; premiered them; talked about them at a conference; and recorded them.
Written by composer Tyler Kline, Orchard is a collection of 50 different short piano pieces. Each one is named after exotic fruits such as Buddha’s hand, seagrape, yuzu…
An orchard is a piece of land planted with fruit trees, and the central programmatic idea behind this work will be botanical fruit. Each piece will share the name of a fruit, such as blood orange, peach, fig, loquat, avocado, mangosteen, tamarind, and many more. Like fruits, the pieces included in this collection will be brief, have a specific identity/flavor (mainly via texture or harmonic language), and may be recontextualized based on how pieces are grouped and programmed together. Due to the nature of this work, performance of pieces may be done in any order or combination; pianists may perform just one piece, multiple pieces, or every piece, depending on the needs of their own programming situation. Pieces in this new collection will feature a range of techniques, ranging from traditional piano technique to an exploration of extended sounds, and mixtures of these two ideas. Pianists may request or recommend what they would like featured in their dedicated piece. Tyler Kline