Thirteen original tunes for the Hardanger d'Amore, composed and performed by Dan Trueman.
"What he brings is an abundance of space, a sense that each tune could last a whole night long. From the sprightly ‘Upham Down’ to the reflective ‘Sills Gully’ this is a moving, personal journey."
The Hardanger d'Amore is a new 5-string instrument, a cross between the 5-string fiddle and the Hardanger fiddle. Dan commissioned the first of these from renowned Norwegian instrument builder Salve Håkedal in 2010, and Salve has now made more than 30 for fiddlers from around the world.
These tunes—"Crooked Tunes from the Crooked Downs of Shoreham"—are a product of Dan's experiences with traditional music from Norway, Ireland, and America, contemporary and early classical music, and are named after places in Shoreham, New York, where he grew up.
" 'Songs That Are Hard to Sing' straddles early and contemporary traditions to arresting effect... The forty-two-minute piece inhabits a fascinating space given that it could pass equally convincingly as rustic material created by self-trained musicians at some remote cabin as a work produced by music academics conducting microtuning experiments at a university."
Olagón, a cantata in double-speak
an evening-length collaboration between composer/fiddler Dan Trueman, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, featuring Eighth Blackbird, directed by Mark DeChiazza.
Named Top Classical Album of 2017 by The Boston Globe.
"The quartet members gamely do battle with drum machines; attach speaker drivers to bass drums and play with the resulting feedback; and manipulate synthetic string timbres with golf video-game controllers, complete with tethers. And on top of all that, they play more conventionally written sections for percussion with aplomb. It's this shared commitment to bringing seemingly disparate elements together that makes Trueman and So a winning association."
--Time Out New York
"a fascinating mix of driving American fiddle playing with otherworldly Hardanger textures... totally freed from the constraints of form, and let roam melodically and rhythmically through an earthy-ethereal paradox of composition, improvisation, tradition and abstraction."
--Journal of Music
music by Brittany Haas and Dan Trueman
for two fiddles and a band.
"The music on Gardens, composed by Trueman, includes rustic folk melodies, gangly dances and pulse-oriented workouts on woodblocks and marimbas--as well as flowerpots, rocks and a wheelbarrow--interspersed with quirky narratives written by Jennifer Trueman and read by her and Rinde Eckert. A DVD matches the music to images by painter Judy Trueman, computer-animated like a gallery full of Kandinsky canvases dancing to their own gaudy rhythms."
★★★★★ Time Out New York
"Once again, Bridge Records has presented a composer from the East Coast scene whose music is not only unique and intelligent, but also deserves attention."
chamber music, performed by Dan with the Brentano String Quartet, the Daedelus String Quartet, Non Sequitur, the Tarab Cello Ensemble, and others.
"In a feat of impressive musical alchemy, Trollstilt has fused an ancient tradition, the Hardanger fiddle repertoire of Norway, with modern compositional technique and created something truly 21st-century. Dan Trueman's tunes, which range from the demonic to the playful, extend the form without sacrificing the spirit or rigor of the original music. Monica Mugan's intricate, sympathetic guitar accompaniments bring something new to the tradition that will be copied for years to come. This is hypnotic, fresh, bracing music."
--Bob Norman, Sing Out!
music for Hardanger fiddle and guitar by Dan Trueman and Monica Mugan