Tarik O’Regan on NMC (CD Review)

Tarik O’Regan A Celestial Map of the Sky Hallé Hallé Youth Choir The Manchester Grammar School Choir Jamie Phillips conductor Sir Mark Elder conductor NMC Recordings CD   Tarik O’Regan’s music has appeared upon some thirty recordings, but NMC’s CD, A Celestial Map of the Sky, is the first entirely devoted to his orchestra music.Continue reading “Tarik O’Regan on NMC (CD Review)”

Hayes Biggs played by Thomas Stumpf (YouTube)

Pianist Thomas Stumpf’s latest Albany Records recording features composer Hayes Biggs’s first Piano Prelude, The Secret the Silent Lazarus Would Not Reveal. Based on the poem, “The Afterlife,” by Billy Collins, it is a virtuosic traversal of the piano’s low register, featuring sepulchrally jazzy chords and ominous angular melodies. Stumpf’s Reflections on Time and Mortality, a two-disc set, also includes pieces by Chopin, Debussy, Janàcek, Bartók, JohnContinue reading “Hayes Biggs played by Thomas Stumpf (YouTube)”

Moon Duo: “Lost in Light” (Soundcloud)

Moon Duo’s Occult Architecture, Vol.2 is out on May 5th, 2017 via Sacred Bones. Moon Duo Tour Dates: Sat. March 11 – Mexico City, MX @ Festival NRMAL Wed. Mar. 15 – Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University Thu. Mar. 16 – Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall Fri. Mar. 17 – London, UK @Continue reading “Moon Duo: “Lost in Light” (Soundcloud)”

Goldfrapp: “Ocean” (YouTube)

Goldfrapp’s new LP, Silver Eye, is out March 31st via Mute. A more synth-filled adventure this time around, which one can hear on the album’s leadoff track “Ocean.” While not all of their tour is confirmed as yet, there are dates (below) in the New York and Philadelphia areas. Silver Eye Tour Dates: 20th March – O2 Academy,Continue reading “Goldfrapp: “Ocean” (YouTube)”

Fifth House and Baladino – Nedudim (CD Review)

Fifth House Ensemble & Baladino Nedudim Cedille Records/Baladino CD   Fifth House Ensemble’s second CD for Cedille, Nedudim (Hebrew for “wanderings”) employs material from a plethora of folk traditions: Appalachian American, blues, Greek, Balkan, Turkish, and Indian, to name only some of them. Fifth House enlists as their performance partners the versatile world music groupContinue reading “Fifth House and Baladino – Nedudim (CD Review)”

WHY? – “Proactive Evolution ” (Soundcloud)

The band WHY?’s latest LP, Moh Lean, came out this past Friday on Joyful Noise. WHY?’s first release in four years, it supplies a shot of optimism during times that surely need it. Upcoming Tour Dates: 03/16 – Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater 03/17 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall 03/18 – Minneapolis, MNContinue reading “WHY? – “Proactive Evolution ” (Soundcloud)”

Sunday, March 5th: Orli Shaham at Carnegie Hall

Pianist Orli Shaham is not only a gifted solo artist in a wide range of repertoire: She is also committed to nurturing the next generation of classical music performers and audiences. Her education projects are wide-ranging and encompass work for a variety of age groups. For instance, the project Baby Got Bach finds Shaham, its founder, and others instructingContinue reading “Sunday, March 5th: Orli Shaham at Carnegie Hall”

Lindsey Christiansen: An Appreciation

Saddened to hear of Lindsey Christiansen‘s passing. She was a voice teacher at Westminster Choir College, where I teach, for over thirty years.   My favorite Lindsey story in which I was involved:   We were working on the honors program, Lindsey teaching me how best to advise students (I learned a lot in thatContinue reading “Lindsey Christiansen: An Appreciation”

New Music Gathering

  I am very pleased to share that soprano Sara Noble and pianist Nadia Shpachenko will be premiering my Ross Gay Songs at New Music Gathering on May 11 at 2:30. This year, NMG will be held at Bowling Green State University.