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Custodians of Beauty

by Christian Frederickson

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Rorschach 06:16
Codex 1 02:16
Still Life 09:05
ABCD 04:49
Codex 2 03:43
Overwash 03:15
Tranquil Sea 02:31
The Queen 02:33
Treading 05:53


This is the soundtrack album for the dance performance by Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo, which premiered at New York Live Arts in December 2015. The music was created in a collaborative process with Pavel Zuštiak, Nicholas Bruder, Emma Judkins, Justin Morrison, Joe Levasseur, Simon Harding, and Megan Carter; the music wouldn't be what it is without their input and creative support. The piece was developed during residencies on Governor's Island, NY (courtesy of LMCC); at the Cowles Center and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN; at the Gibney Dance Center in New York City; and at the American Dance Institute in Rockville, MD. Many thanks to the staff at each of those locations who created time and space for us to do this work. Thanks also to Eva Ting and Jasmine Chen who were such a help in setting up a recording session for Nick in Shanghai. Additional thanks to Raja Feather Kelly, Simon Thomas-Train, and Sara Gurevich for enduring the early stages of some of this music on Governor's Island. Final thanks to my wife and family, without whom none of this would happen.


released December 28, 2018

All compositions by Christian Frederickson BMI (2018)

All instruments performed and recorded by Christian Frederickson
Nicholas Bruder sings A Still Volcano
Thanks to Max Zhao at Sinosonic Studio in Shanghai for recording the vocal track.
Album mixed by Christian Frederickson
Mastering by Tim Iseler

Album art designed by Jeff Mueller at Dexterity Press, CT, after an original design by Pavel Zuštiak


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Christian Frederickson New York, New York

Christian Frederickson is a Juilliard-trained viola player who began playing music with artists and rockers and now makes music and sound for theater and contemporary dance, specializing in performances with live music. He was a founding member of Rachel's, an instrumental band from Louisville, KY who released six albums on Touch and Go Records. He has performed throughout North America and Europe ... more

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