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Ventus Machina launches long-awaited first album

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Dieppe-based woodwind quintet Ventus Machina is celebrating the completion of their CD 'In the Weeds' with a launch party:

Salle Neil- Michaud, University of Moncton department of music
5 to 7 pm on Sunday, September 10, 2017

A fun and exciting listen, there is something for everyone on this new disc. Two new works for quintet: the first by Fredericton composer Martin Kutnowski - a truly spectacular and rather crazy piece with reminiscences of his native Argentina; the second by Ohio-based composer Mike Titlebaum, who has written a three-movement jazz-inspired piece that the quintet just loves to perform. Fun fact - Mike wrote the first two movements and the quintet responded with a, “this is great but pretty easy to play”.  Thus encouraged, Mike proceeded to write a third movement entitled In the Weeds. The result was that quite a bit of ‘weeding’ (aka practicing) needed to be done before this fantastic movement was mastered - it also provided the perfect eponym for the album!

Other works: Milonga Sin Palabras by Astor Piazzolla, which provides a luscious and beautiful auditory resting place; Cuban jazz-clarinetist and composer Paquito D'Rivera's Aires Tropicales is a standard work that is one of the most atmospheric pieces in the quintet repertoire; and finally one of the group's all time favourite arrangements, Richard Price's West Side Story Suite, based on the Bernstein melodies and making exquisite use of the quintet instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon).

The CD was recorded in December 2016 at Brunton Auditorium, Mount Allison University in Sackville, with the assistance of producer Brigitte Lavoie and sound engineer Rod Sneddon. The group was intimately involved in the editing and mixing process, with emails flying back and forth between members all spring. Digital mastering was completed by Paul Eachus. Ventus Machina members are:  Karin Aurell, flute/piccolo/bass flute; Christie Goodwin, oboe and English horn; James Kalyn, clarinet; Patrick Bolduc, bassoon; Ulises Aragon, French horn.

The album is being released on the American label MSR Classics and will be available for download and sale through the MSR website . Even better, buy your copy directly from the quintet, at

CDs will be available for sale at the launch.