Stereophile Acclaims Phillip Bimstein's Starkland CD

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Stereophile, the leading US audiophile magazine, raves about Starkland's new Larkin Gifford's Harmonica CD in their April issue. They call the composer Phillip Bimstein "an American original" and describe the CD as "stunning and heartwarming." Multiple-Grammy winner John Adams wrote the Introduction for this unique CD, which was also recently praised in the New York Times. This new CD echoes Bimstein's previous Garland Hirschi's Cows Starkland recording, which triggered hundreds of calls to hip radio stations throughout the country, and was called "a cult classic" on National Public Radio.

Stereophile, the leading US audiophile magazine, raves about Starkland's new Larkin Gifford's Harmonica CD in their April issue. They call the composer Phillip Bimstein "an American original" and describe the CD as "stunning and heartwarming."

After noting that Starkland's previous Bimstein CD Garland Hirschi's Cows was " the ear-opening CD of 1997," Stereophile critic Dan Buckley remarks that "Bimstein has evolved into a singular musical entity."

In the distinctive Larkin Gifford's Harmonica CD, the Utah-based "alternative classical" composer offers five pieces with western roots. Listeners hear a poignant portrait of the elderly, harmonica-playing Larkin Gifford; the delightful beer vendor Robert "Bushy Wushy" Logan; a philosophizing Las Vegas dice caller; and two instrumental works focusing on Zion National Park and Rockville, Utah (birthplace of Garland Hirschi).

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The Stereophile reviewer is entranced by these "quirky, moving, and delightful musical journeys," concluding, "By the end, you wish you could meet all these guys, as well as Bimstein himself. You feel as if you have a sense of them and things they love."

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Founded in 1962 by J. Gordon Holt, Stereophile is today regarded as one of the most influential audiophile magazines in the world. With the largest US circulation of any audiophile publication, Stereophile each month reaches over 70,000 equipment enthusiasts and music aficionados.

Multiple-Grammy winner John Adams wrote the CD's warmly enthusiastic Introduction, stating: "Like their composer, the pieces on this album communicate a generous and good-natured spirit that is tempered with wry wit and a special sense of the western landscape and culture that he so loves."

Regarding the composer's musical depictions, Adams notes that "Bimstein has an enviable knack for choosing spoken narratives that reminds me of the filmmaker Errol Morris."

The New York Times also recently praised this new Starkland CD. The prestigious publication applauded "the irresistible charm of Mr. Bimstein's music" and "his uncanny knack for finding the music of everyday life."

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These impressive reviews have brought increased attention to the adventurous Starkland label for its pioneering efforts and excellent recordings over the years. The influential Sequenza21 website writes, "Props to our amigo Tom Steenland who has been producing great avant-garde recordings on his Starkland label from Boulder for many years now." They note "It isn't every day that a CD from a small label makes the New York Times."

Starkland has commissioned works from such leading composers as Paul Dresher, Phil Kline, Lukas Ligeti, Ingram Marshall, Merzbow, "MacArthur genius" Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Carl Stone, and Pamela Z.

Starkland commissioned all the music on its Immersion DVD exclusively for high-resolution surround sound, and this landmark release is now recognized as the first such recording in history.

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Bimstein's previous, very popular Starkland CD was also widely acclaimed, generated hundreds of calls to radio stations, and was deemed "a cult classic" on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Stereophile called Bimstein "brilliantly original... outstanding in his field... a talent to watch." Stereo Review praised the CD for its "immediacy, wit, and inventiveness," and Wired was charmed by this "quirky and thoroughly engaging" CD.

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About Phillip Bimstein:
Bimstein resides in Springdale, Utah, where he served two terms as mayor, prompting Outside magazine to call him "America's only all-natural politician composer." His "alternative classical" music combines acoustic instruments with found sounds and voices to paint portraits and tell stories. Bimstein's music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Bang on a Can, and London's Royal Opera House. In addition to his studies of theory, composition, and orchestration at the Chicago Conservatory and UCLA, Bimstein led the new wave band Phil 'n' the Blanks, whose albums and videos were college radio and MTV hits.
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About Starkland:
The Starkland label releases compelling, engaging recordings of new, experimental, and alternative classical music. To view Starkland's complete catalog, visit:

Previous recordings have received over 150 favorable reviews, including those in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, and Sound & Vision. The label's releases have been featured on such national radio programs as NPR's All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

In addition to Bimstein, other Starkland recordings feature Charles Amirkhanian, Tod Dockstader, Paul Dresher, Fred Frith, Aaron Jay Kernis, Phil Kline, Guy Klucevsek, the Kronos Quartet, Ingram Marshall, Merzbow, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Somei Satoh, Carl Stone, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Pamela Z, and John Zorn.

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