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In this recording – Vartan’s debut album for Delos – she treats us to a fascinating program of works written since the turn of the 21st-­century by both established composers and promising newcomers. An intriguing array of pieces for marimba alone comes courtesy of Guillaume Le Picard, Gareth Farr, Anna Ignatowicz, Daniel Berg, and Csaba Zoltán Marján. In the course of the two final works – by Dave Maric and Christos Hatzis – Lynn displays her versatility by playing not only marimba, but also vibraphone and crotales (small, bell-­like cymbals). These varied instruments – plus prerecorded sampling of other instrumental and/or vocal sounds – make for impressive and beguiling sonic tapestries in both works.

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Cover art by Jay Merryweather

“Abaca” from Dancing On The Head Of A Pin by Lynn Vartan.

 

“Blue Memories” from Dancing On The Head Of A Pin by Lynn Vartan.

 

“From Dugan” from Dancing On The Head Of A Pin by Lynn Vartan.

 

In the Fire of Conflict – I Call Your Name by Lynn Vartan.