Robert Pollard’s latest album, Of Course You Are, is out March 4, 2016 on Fire Records.
This week in New York, Austrian Cultural Forum celebrates the music of Georg Friedrich Haas. Haas, currently MacDowell Professor of Music at Columbia, is a thoughtful and innovative composer. The two programs curated by ACFNY, both free (with reservations), are excellent opportunities to hear two different facets of his creativity. On Wednesday February 24th at 7:30Continue reading “2/24 and 2/26: Darkness and Profundity – G. F. Haas in New York”
On February 23rd at Queens College, the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tom Cunningham, will be performing an excerpt from my Gilgamesh Suite. I am very grateful to Tom for programming the piece while I am feeling “under the weather:” very thoughtful. 2/23 9×9 Concert – Free | 7:30 PM, LeFrak Concert Hall | Aaron Copland SchoolContinue reading “2/23 Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra”
Eminent composer, college professor, and Lutoslawski scholar Steven Stucky has died, aged 66. The cause was brain cancer. Below, listen to one of his beguiling works, the Notturno movement from Serenade for Wind Quintet.
(Hans Abrahamsen Winternacht,1978)
On February 12-14 and February 19-20, ECCE Ensemble premieres Switch, a new opera by my friend and colleague composer John Aylward. Directed by Laine Rettmer and conducted by Jean-Phillipe Wurtz, the piece features two vocalists: soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and bass-baritone Mikhail Smigelsk. The project is part of ECCE’s year-long residence at Le Laboratoire, aContinue reading “ECCE Ensemble Premieres “Switch””
Beasts Music by Martin Brody Collage New Music, David Hoose, conductor Albany Records CD Troy 1595 On the Albany CD Beasts, Collage New Music, directed by David Hoose, presents three vocal chamber works by Wellesley College professor Martin Brody. In his liner notes, Brody says that each of the pieces provide, “imaginative identification with something orContinue reading “Martin Brody: Beasts (CD Review)”
Nostalgic Synchronic Music by Dan Trueman Performed by Adam Sliwinski, bitKlavier New Amsterdam CD/DL Nostalgic Synchronic, 8 etudes by Dan Trueman for bitKlavier, a “prepared digital piano,” are the program for Adam Sliwinski’s solo debut. Sliwinski’s regular gig is with So Percussion, but he makes a persuasive advocate here, dealing with the busy, microtonally altered materialContinue reading “Dan Trueman: “Nostalgic Synchronic””