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Composer/Alum David McIntire Releases New CD on His Record Label, "Irritable Hedgehog"

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To celebrate the launch of its new cd label, Irritable Hedgehog music announces the release of Tom Johnson’s An Hour for Piano. Composed in 1973, this work has earned a position as one of the most important and influential works of early minimalism. As its title declares, it is a continuous, single movement composition intended to be played in exactly one hour. Conservatory alum R. Andrew Lee (Conservatory DMA piano student of John McIntyre) has accomplished this in a distinctive new recording (the timing of which clocks in at EXACTLY 60:00), and which we anticipate will become the benchmark reading of this seminal work. The CD releases Oct. 25, 2010, available for purchase on October 25, 2010 at irritablehedgehog, as a physical cd or high-quality download, Available from iTunes and Amazon after October 30.

UMKC Conservatory alumni and recording engineer Robert Beck recorded the CD, Scott Unrein, (DMA Composition student) worked on the CD layout and artwork, and Conservatory professor Andrew Granade wrote the liner notes.

Irritable Hedgehog is the publishing imprint of David D. McIntire (DMA, Composition, 2008) and also offers select recordings of minimalist and postminimalist repertoire, in addition to being the main conduit for McIntire's scores and recordings. The first round of releases will feature a brand-new recording of Tom Johnson's minimalist classic An Hour For Piano, and (in late 2010) the official release of David D. McIntire's epic electroacoustic study, Landscape of Descent.

R. Andrew Lee will be giving a free, live performance of An Hour for Piano October 30, 2010, 7:00 p.m. in Goppert Theater, Avila University. This concert will be followed by a brief question and answer session with Lee, as well as a reception where he will be available to sign cds. A contest will also be held where the audience member who most accurately guesses the duration of the performance will win a free, signed copy of the cd. Avila University is located at 11901 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114.  For additional information, photos, album art and liner notes, please visit irritablehedgehog.com

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu