Anthony Braxton – 3 Compositions (CD Review)

Anthony Braxton 3 Compositions (EEHMH) 2011 Firehouse 12 3xCD/blu-ray/digital Anthony Braxton: composer, sopranino, soprano, and alto saxophones, iPod; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, trumpbone, iPod; Mary Halvorson: guitar, iPod; Jessica Pavone: violin, viola, iPod; Jay Rozen: tuba, iPod; Aaron Siegel: percussion, vibraphone, iPod; Carl Testa: bass, bass clarinet, iPod “As a culture, we are slowlyContinue reading “Anthony Braxton – 3 Compositions (CD Review)”

Henry Threadgill wins Pulitzer

Congratulations to composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill, who has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in music. One of the original AACM members, Threadgill’s recent work has been distinguished by an intervallic approach to improvisation, in which each member of the band has a limited catalogue of intervals that they can perform, with the sum totalContinue reading “Henry Threadgill wins Pulitzer”

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith on ECM

A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke Vijay Iyer, piano, Fender Rhodes, electronics Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet ECM New Series CD 2486   A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke is a duo outing featuring keyboardist (and recently hired Harvard Professor) Vijay Iyer and trumpeter elder statesman Wadada Leo Smith. The most striking aspect of the duo’sContinue reading “Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith on ECM”

Carson Cooman (Interview)

Interview with Carson Cooman Sequenza 21: The latest CD of your compositions, Liminal on Divine Art, features three works, a short orchestra piece, Shoreline Rune, Liminal, your Fourth Symphony, and Prism, an older work for organ. How did you decide on this grouping? Carson Cooman: A number of recordings of my music have been released,Continue reading “Carson Cooman (Interview)”