Succubus is a term that dates from the Middle Ages and refers to a demon that takes a feminine form to ravage men and women in their sleep, inducing erotic visions and nightmares. Along with it's counterpart, the Incubus, these demons were thought to be the cause of the half-sleep state in which one cannot wake and feels the presence of a supernatural being. Succubus is a six-movement tone poem for violin, soprano and electric orchestra. It is an exploration of the sensual and surrealistic dreamscapes of the Succubus and her lover. The music features the voluptuous and mysterious voice of Kerry Walsh and the sinuous violin playing of Karen Bentley entwined in a dark and erotic dance of love and desire. Konzerto is the reinvention of the great romantic violin concertos of the 19th century. Combining the virtuoso solo violin playing of Karen Bentley with Stuart Diamond's contemporary electronics, synthesizers and midi sequencing, Konzerto creates a new and lyric music that simultaneously looks back to the past as well as daringly to the future. Rigorous in it's compositional structure, yet endlessly inventive, Konzerto features both written and improvised passages for the solo violin that soar over a rich and dramatic soundscape to find a spontaneous and original musical language all it's own.
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