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Classical new release: 'Syzygy'

"Syzygy" (pronounced "si-zeh-jee") is a noun that means "coming together for a common good." It is also the title of flutist Alexa Still's latest album.

All of the music on the album is by the Venezuelan composer Efraín Amaya. Still says, “The very first time I encountered the music of Efraín Amaya, I fell in love with the soaring melodies, the raw energy, the emotion, and the stories."

The album includes liner notes from Amaya about each of his compositions. All pieces were composed between 1997 and 2014.

Alexa Still is on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory. She also serves as a Valade Teaching Fellow at Interlochen during the summers.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.