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Kevin Volans

Publisher: Chester Music

Asanga (1997)
Work Notes
preview performance 12 June 1998, Deutsches Theater, Berlin Dedicated to Robin Schulkowsky
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
8 Minutes

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Programme Note
Kevin Volans Asanga (1997)
The Sanskrit title ‘Asanga’ means 'freedom from attachment' I wrote the piece as a gift for Robyn Schulkowsky on the death of her father. It was written with no conscious techniques or concept. The first performance was in Stockholm in 1998.

Kevin Volans

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  • Soloist(s)
    Jonny Axelsson
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I mean no disrespect to other percussionists when I say that Axelsson is the most extraordinary drummer I have seen, or to other composers when I say that She who Sleeps with a Small Blanket (1985) and Asanga (1998) are the most extraordinary works: ferocious, lyrical and human.
Anna Picard, The Independant on Sunday,11/8/2009
[The] recital was a showcase of Volans' imagination, his ability to draw an almost infinite array of patterns and effects from a relatively limited range of unpitched instruments. The 1985 She Who Sleeps with a Small Blanket is already a bit of a classic. The brief and violent Asanga (1997), however, and the expansive and wonderfully intricate Akrodha (1998) are not so well known, but clearly should be.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian,11/24/2004
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