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Dr James Weeks’ vocal ensemble work Primo Libro has been recorded by the New York-based Ekmeles and released on New Focus Recordings in February 2024.

Scored for 6 solo voices, the 18-minute piece uses the 31-division microtonal scale of the 16th-century theorist Nicola Vicentino to create an arresting juxtaposition of ancient and modern aesthetic worlds. Since its composition in 2016 the work has been performed in the US and Estonia and was recorded in New York in Summer 2023.

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Primo Libro