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Furious Artisans is pleased to announce the NY Licorice Ensemble’s debut US release Licorice Rhapsody, the anticipated follow up to their debut 2013 release New American Works for Clarinet Ensemble (Japan, NAR, NARD-5052).
The album features stunning arrangements of George Gershwin’s major works, Summertime, Three Preludes, and Rhapsody in Blue (arranged by up-and-coming multi-talented Japanese composer Satoshi Ipponjima), as well as Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. Contemporary works by Gene Pritsker, Valerie Coleman and Dan Cooper are also featured in debut arrangements for the group, and demonstrate the group’s passion for grooving New York composers.
The NY Licorice Ensemble is a group comprised of all Japanese female clarinetists and was founded in 2011 by Ayako Oshima, a clarinetist and a faculty at Juilliard school and Hartt. All of the members studied in New York with the well known clarinetist, Charles Neidich and share the same technique–one that contributes to the group’s pristine and flawless ensemble sound.