Dan Ruccia

Degree: 
Ph.D
Specialization: 
Composition
Graduation Year: 
2013

Led by violist and composer Ruccia, Cyanotype is an ever-shifting collective of improvisers who build complicated structures, melodies, and textures out of whatever personalities happen to be gathered. Fully improvised, "Two Silent Schnauzers" explores the timbral and sonic possibilities at play in the minds, bodies, and instruments of four improvisers who are attuned to deep listening, interaction, and risk taking.

"Two Silent Schnauzers" runs the gamut in colors, textures, moods, and atmospheres. Chris Eubank (cello), Laurent Estoppey (saxophones), Chris Robinson (baritone saxophone), and Ruccia (viola) draw on their classical training, background in free improvisation and new music, and extended techniques to create a dynamic and inventive soundscape in which new ideas are collectively taken up and explored. At times one might hear the echoes and refiguring of Bach, Hindemith, or James Tenney; at others Mat Maneri, Albert Ayler, or Evan Parker.

"Two Silent Schnauzers" is available on Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets.