Sharon Van Etten – “Are We There”

Are We There Sharon Van Etten Jagjaguwar, 2014   Sharon Van Etten’s latest solo album retains elements of her previous work: the immediacy of her lyrics and her songs’ beautiful musical atmospheres. As on Tramp, one continues to hear Van Etten’s vocal range expand – by now able to encompass keening soprano lines as wellContinue reading “Sharon Van Etten – “Are We There””

Man Forever + So Percussion

Man Forever with So Percussion Ryonen Thrill Jockey New classical collective So Percussion joined forces with Oneida’ drummer Kid Millions, recording as his Man Forever project, for Ryonen, a release on the indie imprint Thrill Jockey. Two long form pieces combine Millions’s experimental rock drumming with the post-minimal inspired playing of So Percussion to create a swinging, polyrhythm-infusedContinue reading “Man Forever + So Percussion”

5/29 – Locrian Chamber Players Concert

Locrian Chamber Players concert will give a concert next Thursday (May 29) at 8PM in Riverside Church, 10th floor performance space.  The concert is free. . The program: George Crumb–“Sun and Shadow,” for mezzo-soprano and amplified piano Harrison Birtwistle–“Lied,” for cello and piano Nils Vigeland–“Capriccio,” for flute, glockenspiel, cello and harpsichord (world premiere) Justin Merritt–“AContinue reading “5/29 – Locrian Chamber Players Concert”

Cuckson and McMillen play Carter and More

Carter – Sessions – Eckardt Miranda Cuckson, violin; Blair McMillen, piano Urlicht Audiovisual CD   Violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen have already proven themselves an estimable duo for works by American Modernists such as Shapey and Martino. Their latest outing features Elliott Carter’s Duo for Violin and Piano (1973), a formidable piece writtenContinue reading “Cuckson and McMillen play Carter and More”

Monk’s Piano Songs

  Meredith Monk Piano Songs Ursula Oppens, Bruce Brubaker, pianists ECM New Series CD 2374   Meredith Monk is best known for her vocal works. However, she has been writing for the piano since early on in her studies and has mature works in her catalog that date back to the 1970s. Starting in theContinue reading “Monk’s Piano Songs”

String quartets for guitars

Philip Glass String Quartets 2-5 Dublin Guitar Quartet Orange Mountain Music   The translation of a string quartet into a guitar quartet might initially sound like a dubious prospect. After all, guitar, for all its many virtues, cannot match the sustain of bowed stringed instruments. That said, what the Dublin Guitar Quartet has done inContinue reading “String quartets for guitars”

Saturday: loadbang in NYC

League/ISCM presents: loadbang “Alphabetical Ashbery” Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7:30 PMDiMenna Center for Classical Music – Mary Flagler Cary Hall Charles Wuorinen – Alphabetical Ashbery (NYC Premiere) Rob Deemer – New Work (World Premiere) Ryan Francis – New Work (World Premiere) Alexandre Lunsqui – Guttural I, II, and III (2010) Christian Carey – Prayer (2011) Evan Johnson – my pouert and goyngContinue reading “Saturday: loadbang in NYC”