Virgil Moorefield is a composer, intermedia artist, author and avant-garde / rock drummer who studied at Princeton, Columbia and Juillard, and is currently an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been working since the early 1980s, and in addition to composing his own pieces, he has played with the likes of Glenn Branca, Damage, Bill Laswell, Elliott Sharp, Swans and many others.
Things You Must Do to Get to Heaven is one long avant-garde classical piece comprised of the first four tracks on this CD. In part one, “Five on Six,” a lively exchange between bass clarinet, cello, drums, percussion, vibraphone and violin challenges a dissonant two-note blast from a Harry Partch-like microtonal electric guitar to a duel. Ultimately, the guitar gets the last word in edgewise. “Crosstalk” dredges up a conversation between a piano, cello and violin that gets all stark and woozy—only to be interrupted by a series of ecstatically held tones.