"Four Stations" covers the lives of the poor in 4 different regions of Thailand, all of whom are connected by the same railroad. In the north, an old monk named Tu Pu attempts to teach the younger monks, but it doesn't turn out how he expects. The locals begin to lose their faith. In the central area, a Myanmar laborer quits his job to help his wife who is about to be deported. His wife can't pay off her debts. In the northeast area, Kamkon is an orphan. She tries her best to become recognized as a family member on her husband's side. In the southern area, neighbors Suan and Klaew once were good friends, but now they are sworn enemies.
The Nighthawks were founded in 1972 by vocalist/harmonica player Mark Wenner and guitarist Jimmy Thackery, and joined early on by bass player Jan Zukowski and drummer Pete Ragusa. Based in Washington, D.C., they built on their Chicago blues roots to create a unique musical repertoire that features blues, roots rock, rockabilly and soul. They became known as one of the hardest working and most popular blues bands as they toured nationally in the ‘70s and ‘80s, playing 300 shows a year from the mid-‘70’s to the mid-‘80’s.
Since the repertoire for cello octet is small and consists almost entirely of arrangements and new works, expect Four Winds, Conjunto Ibérico's 2002 release, to be somewhat eccentric and experimental. Leader Elias Arizcuren and his virtuoso cellists seek a happy medium between the intimacy and clarity of a much smaller chamber group, and the richness and power of a full string orchestra; but such a balance is hard to sustain, and their shifting back and forth feels unsteady. In Terry Riley's Requiem for Adam, the ensemble is pulled between extremes of symphonic density and chamber transparency, and this heavy arrangement seems only to distort the dynamics and textures of the original version for string quartet.