Bang on a Can Plays Thorvaldsdottir (Video)

Bang on a Can’s More Field Recordings is out today on Cantaloupe. This second helping of works abetted by found sounds and site recordings features music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Dan Deacon, Ben Frost, and Glenn Kotche. The group celebrated its release tonight at BAM. 

Répons at the Armory (Review)

NEW YORK – On October 6 & 7, 2017, Park Avenue Armory presented Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, in Répons, a major work by the recently deceased French composer Pierre Boulez. It was the first time that the composition has been heard in New York since one of its early incarnations in the 1980s (the TimesContinue reading “Répons at the Armory (Review)”

Esmerine: “Piscibus Maris” + “The Space In Between” (Video)

Esmerine’s new album Mechanics Of Dominion will be released on October 20th via Constellation. Artist Brad Todd has created a “visual album” to accompany all of the recording’s songs.

Ella Fitzgerald: “Someone to Watch Over Me” (Video)

Sorry to have missed posting about it yesterday – Happy Thelonious Monk Centennial! In my opinion there should have been parades!   This year we celebrate the centenary of another member of jazz royalty, the incomparable vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. On September 29th, Verve released a CD of the singer in fine voice, accompanied by newly orchestrated arrangementsContinue reading “Ella Fitzgerald: “Someone to Watch Over Me” (Video)”

RIP Klaus Huber (1924-2017)

The formidable Swiss pedagogue and composer Klaus Huber died last week, aged 92. Among his students were Kaija Saariaho, Wolfgang Rihm, Brian Ferneyhough, and Toshio Hosokawa, Below is one of my favorite works by the composer, his Quintet for Strings, performed by the Arditti Quartet and violist Garth Knox.

Sakamoto Remixed by Fennesz

Photo: Wing Shya Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 2017 recording Async has received a great deal of “deserved” attention, and not only from critics and listeners. A number of musicians have remixed selections from Async, so many that Milan Records will release a compilation of their efforts, Async Reworks, in December. Below, via Soundcloud embed, hear Fennesz’s remixContinue reading “Sakamoto Remixed by Fennesz”