2021Reviews of Fuse Ensemble NIMBUS:
Fuse Ensemble Director and composer of NIMBUS Gina Biver is here for an in-depth interview with TopRelaxMusic
"The composer Gina Biver dedicates, through this Ep licensed by Neuma Records and entitled Nimbus, a brief and incisive musical portrait of the life and works of the poet Colette Inez. The music, excellently performed by the Fuse Ensemble, shows a remarkable stylistic mastery, capable of condensing, in this sixteen-minute suite, Stravinsky rhythms, captivating melodies, remnants of speech music, surprising harmonic modulations. Solutions that are effectively placed at the service of a narration that makes use, in some tracks, of the recorded voice of Inez herself, as well as the singing of the soprano Tula Pisano." --Filippo Focosi
Inactuelles, Musiques Singulieres
This is a lovely, in-depth review in French. How fitting it was the first one we received on NIMBUS. Writer Dionys Della Luce even translated Colette’s poems. Read it here: http://inactuelles.over-blog.com/2021/03/fuse-ensemble-nimbus.html?fbclid=IwAR2aQlnLOLBJlOUFmsvf6496Ad7M2qp0CGIiUvLErG69T5b1S-8ba66VnnA
IS ELECTRONICS THE NEW RHYTHM SECTION? Esther Lamneck: Sky Rings, Gina Biver: Nimbus
by George W. Harris • March 8, 2021 • 0 Comments
We’ve come a long way from the days of electronic music pioneered by Brian Eno to create sounds of “ambience”.
It seems like the last few years that more and more artists are incorporating electronic sounds into their recordings, be it in the studio or in concert. Particularly in this day of “social distancing”, a musician has to look to other venues for support and framework.
Here are a pair of artists who have taken the next logical step in this musical adventure. Clarinetist Esther Lamneck melds her sounds with various plugged-in minded composers, while composer Gina Biver brings her poems and lyrics to the front of various electro-acoustic chamber ensembles. The results are fascinating, pointing to a rich and uncharted land.
Gina Biver, coming from an 80s rock band background, uses her ep to expand musical horizons. She features six musical vignettes ranging from 1 to just over two minutes, with voice and spoken word sung by Tula Pisano or spoken by either poetess Colette Inez or Biver herself. Besides Biver’s work on “live audio”, there is an acoustic supporting team of Scott Deal/perc, Jennifer Lapple/fl, Angela Murakami/cl, Greg Hiser/vi, Erin Snedecor/cel, Ethan Foote/b and Ina Mircheva Blevins/p mixed and matched throughout.
Pisano’s rich soprano is nimble around Blevins’ pretty piano on “My Priest Father’s Words” while cheery parlor ivories are teemed with a recitation on “Fish Dinner With Oysters Stripped of Their Pearls”. Old World strings and clarinet meld with sounds of ocean and waves around the spoken “The Clouds Above My Childhood Home Were Mountains” with percussion adding a lilt to the chamber group and spoken words on the gentle “Father Song”. A liturgical recitation teams with church bells, creating a push/pull tension with the percussion on “Part Bull, Part Priest” while birds chirp in a Grieg fashion to the woodwinds and spoken words on “Near The Pyrenees”. Stories of voice and sound.
2018/2019 REVIEWS ON FUSE ENSEMBLE 3, THE MUSIC OF GINA BIVER:
Inactuelles, Musiques Singulieres, a French music blog that reviews contemporary, electroacoustic and experimental music.
"I am [enchanted] by the steps of the composer, who invents a different path for each piece."
From the New Music Website I Care If You Listen
“Biver creates a playground for internal exploration that is both fascinating and deeply effective….The best of Biver’s music lies in the layers; the moments where one instrument feels too close, or too separate, or where the listener questions whether the tapping and clicking audio tracks are coming from the album or from somewhere outside. Fuse Ensemble’s 3: The Music of Gina Biver demonstrates the enormous possibilities that come with composer-engineer crossovers–and it is just so much fun to listen to.” -Hannah Rosa Schiller
GRAMOPHONE REVIEW! “Gina Biver is a musical force of nature…”
Review for 3 from Review Graveyard online, awarding the album 7 out of 10 stars:
Review from Textura:
Review for 3 from Cinemusical online, awarding the album a perfect score for both the recording and performance:
Feature spot for 3 on the Classical Music Discoveries podcast. I've linked the podcast episode below:
Review of our new album on Midwest Record, Entertainment News, Views, Reviews July 18, 2018
FUSE ENSEMBLE/3 The Music of Gina Biver: She doesn't look like an art chick that would show up in a dress made of meat but I guess looks can be deceiving. A highly personal and unusual album that goes way beyond even hippie, drug fueled experiments of the 60s, it just show to go you that you'll never know where someone can have a dark side that pops out unexpectedly. A progressive classical side to shoe gaze pop, this is certainly not a date for the feint hearted. Prepare for a sonic walk on the wild side. (Ravello 7993)
Reviews for Previous Albums and Events
To learn more about the ensemble, check out this interview Gina did on Crowdfunding Cast: https://vimeo.com/246598881
French New Music Blogger Dionys reviewed L'Usina Mekanica here:
The Cellar Door, 2011 for piano, cello and electronics, which will be performed again during Fuse Ensemble's upcoming season, was premiered by the amazing Verge Ensemble featuring Jenny Lin and Tobias Werner at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Read the Washington Post Review here: www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/verge-ensemble-ends-season-with-typical-imagination/2011/04/18/AFWRvf1D_story.
The Washington Post on the Kennedy Center Cross Currents Contemporary Music Festival: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/30/AR2009043003907.
The Washington Post on Alt-Classical:
Reviews on Sonic Circuits DC 2010:
Fuse Ensembleʼs first CD was critiqued in a French blog by blogger Dionys on Inactuelles. It was a great review on a fantastic blog about modern music. Check it out here (you can try a google translation) inactuelles.over-blog.com/article-gina-biver-le-fuse-ensemble-sur-l-aile-de-la-musique--43796774.
Fuse Ensemble was featured in a new film entitled: “Alt-Classical.” The Video, created by Mike Kravinsky, can be seen here: www.youtube.com/nextnik#p/a/u/0/deYxo15uVP0.