Wendy Richman played my voice/viola piece “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” (a Yeats setting) at the American Viola Society Festival 2016 at Oberlin College, performing both parts simultaneously. Here is a terrific recording of her live in concert.
As a composer and performer, I relish collaboration, both with poets and with fellow musicians. When writing for the voice, I greatly prefer working with living poets and always seek to involve them from the outset of a project. I find their input helpful in shaping my own creative process. When bringing a newContinue reading “Artistic Statement”
Tõnu Kõrvits Mirror ECM New Series CD 2327 Tõnu Kõrvits, composer and kannel; Anja Lechner, violoncello; Kadri Voorand, voice; Talinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor. Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits is presented to full advantage on his ECM Series debut Mirrors. Most composers would be leery of having a liveContinue reading “Tõnu Kõrvits’s Mirror on ECM (CD Review)”
I was saddened today to learn of the passing of Dorothea, my Tai Chi and Chi Gong teacher. Dorothea provided a great source of inspiration to me, opening up new vistas of dealing with body and soul that I hadn’t previously explored. A cancer survivor, she later proved to be an even greater source of support whenContinue reading “Sad News”
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This just in via email from Other Music, one of the premiere (and one of the last) record stores devoted to experimental music left in New York City. Dear friends, It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that after more than 20 years in New York City, Other…
James Wood Cloud-Polyphonies; Tongues of Fire MDR Leipzig Radio Choir; Ear Massage Percussion Quartet, James Wood, conductor; Yale Percussion Group, Robert Van Slice, Director NMC Recordings CD/DL Composer/conductor James Wood has long been one of the “go-to” British musicians when it comes to percussion writing. For a number of years, he led Darmstadt’s percussion courses. He’s alsoContinue reading “James Wood: Cloud-Polyphonies (CD Review)”
Hilda Paredes Señales Mode Records CD 292 Irvine Arditti, violin; Ensemble Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman; ensemble recherché; Alberto Rosado, piano; Adrián Sandi, bass clarinet Born in Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico in 1957 and a resident of London since 1979, Hilda Paredes is one of the most prominent Mexican composers of contemporary concert music. Her latestContinue reading “Hilda Paredes on Mode”
Listen to a stream of “Marble” below. It is taken from Xeno and Oaklander’s LP Topiary, out this week via Ghostly International.
The Inner Spectrum of Variables Pi Recordings #pi65 featuring: Tyshawn Sorey Christopher Tordini Cory Smythe Chern Hwei Fung Kyle Armbrust Rubin Kodheli Composer Tyshawn Sorey’s latest recording is of a massive two-hour long suite for Double Trio. The Inner Spectrum of Variables finds Sorey conducting a group of longtime collaborators. Sorey has said that his approach to conducting servesContinue reading “Tyshawn Sorey’s Double Trio”
I am very proud of flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi. Their duo, known as Righteous Girls, performs twice in Japan this week. They are presenting their Gathering Blue project, recorded on New Focus Records, at Horie Arte, 1-18-17 Kita-Horie, Osaka, Japan, on June 3rd and 5th at 7:30 PM. Gathering Blue features composers Ambrose Akinmusire, Andy Akiho, Dave Molk, Jonathan Ragonese, Pascal Le Bouef, Randy Woolf, and Vijay Iyer. Gina andContinue reading “Big in Japan”