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William Susman: A Quiet Madness

Available January 20, 2021

Belarca Records presents A Quiet Madness, a new album by American composer William Susman, with violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, pianist Francesco Di Fiore, flutist Patricia Zuber and Bayan accordionist Stas Venglevski.

A Quiet Madness immerses the listener in a peculiarly specific and undeniably beautiful sound world that is both absorbing and thought-provoking.

The album brings together premiere recordings of recent solo and duo pieces composed from 2006 to 2013, including Aria for violin and piano, Quiet Rhythms nos. 1, 5 and 7 for piano, Seven Scenes for Four Flutes, and Zydeco Madness for Bayan accordion.

Soloists include Karen Bentley Pollick one of America’s foremost contemporary violinists, award-winning Sicilian pianist/composer Francesco Di Fiore, leading New York City-based flutist Patricia Zuber, and two-time first prize winner of the Bayan Competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas Venglevski.

A Quiet Madness was recorded in the US on both coasts and in the Midwest, as well as Sicily including Belmont, California, New York City, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and, Catania, Italy.


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"Best of 2021"

"hypnotic, playful, and even at moments celestial."

"...healing balm for the anxious soul..."

"...grace and tranquility..."

"...a winner..."

"...joyously lyrical..."

" astute and contemporary sonic expression..."

"...a beautiful hypnotic landscape ..."



Karen Bentley Pollick, violin (track 1)
William Susman, piano (track 1)
Francesco Di Fiore, piano (tracks 2, 4, 6)
Patricia Zuber, flute (track 3)
Stas Venglevski, accordion (track 5)


Music by William Susman
Produced by William Susman
Album Mixing by John Kilgore
Mastered by Alan Silverman at Arf! Mastering, New York City
Liner Notes by Rebecca Lentjes
Photo Credit (cover, geometric and composer) by Rick Chapman
Album Design by Valeria Di Matteo
All compositions © 2006-2013 by William Susman & Susman Music (ASCAP)

Recorded and mixed by Cookie Marenco and Patrick O’Connor at OTR Studios, Belmont, CA, February 24, 2014 (track 1)
Recorded by Francesco Di Fiore at FDF Studio, Catania, Italy, November 2016 (track 2, 4, 6)
Recorded and mixed by John Kilgore at Kilgore Sound, New York City, March to May 2018 (track 3)
Recorded by Dan Gnader at eDream Studio, Milwaukee, WI, May 2013 (track 5)

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