In the Great Abbey of Clement VI
The works included on these recordings, Standing Waves and Didjeridervish are improvisatory in nature. There is no score per se but the material is based on Dempster's 15 years of experience with resonance. The recording takes full advantage of the natural 14 second reverberation in the Great Abbey of Clement VI in Avignon, France. The sound has been called "simply extravagant" by Merce Cunningham.
Integrity 29 (2004)
For any performer combination. 29 pieces composed in celebration of leap year and as a response to Composer Challenge by Seattle's Monktail Creative Music Concern. Any two pieces can be performed together, if desired. When this option is exercised, take advantage of the two meanings separately and/or together.
"Each piece must have integrity." — Ryan M.
Milanda Embracing - Stuart Dempster
Milanda Embracing (1993-94)
Composed with and dedicated to Seattle's New Performance Group
Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel
New release featuring Dempster on conch shell, trombone and didjeridu. With assistance from Debra Sykes (Tibetan cymbals), Moc Escobedo and Chad Kirby on conches, and nine other trombones, the disc exploits the tonal possibilities of a performance in an underground cistern. This predominantly solo album presents sources for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company commission. This CD has received critical acclaim with extensive articles in Option, In Tune, Billboard and Pulse! "Technically, Dempster is known as a virtuoso trombonist with a knack for pushing the instrument into new horizons. But beyond that, it's time to unmask him for what he's evolved into: a creative composer of major dimensions." Hewell Tircuit, In Tune