Linda Catlin Smith on Another Timbre (CD Review)

Linda Catlin Smith Drifter Apartment House and Bozzini Quartet Another Timbre at105X2   Born in the US and residing in Canada for more than a quarter century, Linda Catlin Smith has become a fixture on that country’s cultural radar. She has been welcomed and feted as one of Canada’s own. For instance, she is onlyContinue reading “Linda Catlin Smith on Another Timbre (CD Review)”

David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp on AUM Fidelity (CD Review)

David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp Live in Sant’Anna Arresi 2004 AUM Fidelity CD 100   Tenor saxophonist David S. Ware passed away in 2012, and he is sorely missed on the ecstatic jazz scene that he was pivotal in creating. While Ware’s discography is extensive, AUM Fidelity has released one more recording, Live inContinue reading “David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp on AUM Fidelity (CD Review)”

Signal Plays Staud at Miller (Concert Review)

Photos: Karli Cadel   Ensemble Signal Plays Johannes Maria Staud Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre April 8, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud was given a prominent residency with the Cleveland Orchestra back in 2008-’10. Apart from this, he has not gained nearly as much notorietyContinue reading “Signal Plays Staud at Miller (Concert Review)”

Saturday: Record Store Day

Saturday: Record Store Day Celebrates Tenth Anniversary   April 22, 2017 is the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, a celebration of brick-and-mortar record sellers. After a strong start and a bevy of good press for the venture, there has been some pushback of late. A lot of the debate over the past couple ofContinue reading “Saturday: Record Store Day”

Tigran Mansurian Requiem on ECM Records (CD Review)

Tigran Mansurian Requiem RIAS Kammerchor; Anja Petersen, soprano; Andrew Redmond, baritone; Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich, conductor ECM New Series 2508 CD   On the cover of this CD’s booklet is a picture from 1917, 100 years ago, of deportees from Turkey travelling through the desert to Aleppo in Syria. One thinks, “Plus ça change, plusContinue reading “Tigran Mansurian Requiem on ECM Records (CD Review)”

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Concerto in New York March 15, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – One of the most eagerly anticipated New York premieres of 2017 was Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto, written for Yo-Yo Ma. It had been presented shortly before by the Chicago Symphony, and buzz had grown aroundContinue reading “Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma”

James Matheson (CD Review)

James Matheson Violin Concerto, String Quartet, Time Alone Baird Dodge, violin; Chicago Symphony, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; Color Field Quartet Laura Strickling, soprano; Thomas Sauer, piano Yarlung Records On his latest CD for Yarlung, composer James Matheson presents strong essays in both the concerto and string quartet genres. His String Quartet, played in vibrant fashionContinue reading “James Matheson (CD Review)”

Lei Liang: “Luminous” (CD Review)

Lei Liang Luminous The Formosa Quartet, Aleck Karis, piano; Third Coast Percussion, Daniel Schlosberg, piano; Michael Lewanski, conductor; Mark Dresser, contrabass solo; The Palimpsest Ensemble, Steven Schick, percussion, conductor New World CD Luminous, composer Lei Liang’s latest CD for New World, is among his most imaginative releases yet. In an email exchange, Liang cited fruitful artistic partnershipsContinue reading “Lei Liang: “Luminous” (CD Review)”

Arca – “Saunter” (SoundCloud)

Arca’s S/T third LP, was released this past week on XL. Reincorporating more vocals this time out, he combines the song-based compositions of his earlier work with his more recent electronica experiments. Below is an embed of album track “Saunter;” it’s also available on a 12″ vinyl EP from the label.