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Balance 06:18
Heart Cave 06:19
Sanctuary 03:39



Laura Cocks - flute
Liam Kinson - bass clarinet, clarinet
Charlotte Mundy - voice
Marina Kifferstein - violin
Ellery Trafford - marimba, percussion
with Mario Diaz de Leon - synthesizer

For the third full length document of his classical works, Mario Diaz de Leon presents his most substantial offering to date. “Sanctuary” is an album length piece created in collaboration with TAK Ensemble, a brilliant NYC based quintet devoted to energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary music. Combining stark rhythms with ecstatic gestures, the piece embraces shifting repetition and shimmering harmonies to dramatic and expansive effect.

Engineered by Marc Urselli at East Side Sound
Mixed by Marc Urselli and Mario Diaz de Leon
Mastered by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio

“21st century chamber music that combines crystalline clarity with the disorienting turbulence of a sonic vortex.” - WIRE Magazine

“Plenty of people can write a one-off ‘amplified’ piece for chamber musicians, but few artists have built a language as stable and rewarding as Diaz de Leon’s.” - Pitchfork

Recording of Sanctuary was supported by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.

This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.


released September 29, 2017


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