Julianna Barwick: “Look into Your Own Mind”

Julianna Barwick’s latest album, Will, is out now via Dead Oceans. Atmospheres awash with echo, stratospheric vocals, and ambient backdrops combine in a swath of tone colors and synthetic timbres. Lots of people have jumped on the “analog synths and pedals” bandwagon, but Barwick has the vocal chops and imaginative arranging skills to make herContinue reading “Julianna Barwick: “Look into Your Own Mind””

Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016)

I’m sad to learn of the passing of Ursula Mamlok, a persuasive composer of elegant post-tonal works. Like Ralph Shapey and Stefan Wolpe, her compositions referred to serialism while also retaining pitch centricity as a unifying principle.One can hear a particularly compelling example, her Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra, below. I met Ms. MamlokContinue reading “Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016)”

5/10: Cuckson and McMillen at LPR

On Friday, violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen release their ECM debut CD. It contains the Hungarian Béla Bartók’s Violin Sonata No. 2 (1922), the Russian Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Sonata No. 2 “Quasi una Sonata” (1968) and Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski’s Partita for Violin and Piano (1984). One can hear sound excerpts via ECM’sContinue reading “5/10: Cuckson and McMillen at LPR”

Charles Bradley – Changes (CD Review)

Changes Charles Bradley Daptone Records 041 CD/LP   Those who discount Charles Bradley as a retro act imitating James Brown are missing out on something very special. The sixty-eight year old singer’s latest full length recording, Changes, reveals a mature artist whose vocal powers are undiminished but whose interpretive skills are ever more sharply refined. His accompanists, the Menahan Street Band and Budos Band, createContinue reading “Charles Bradley – Changes (CD Review)”

May 5: Hours of Freedom

Composer Gideon Klein At 7 PM on Thursday May 5th (Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day) at the Czech Center in New York, Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer, a piece that explores the plight of fifteen composers imprisoned by the Nazis at the Thereisenstadt prison camp, will receive its US premiere.Continue reading “May 5: Hours of Freedom”