Julian Anderson

At the Festival of Contemporary Music today, we also heard the premiere of Julian Anderson’s Second String Quartet. A fascinating piece filled with alternate tunings and myriad playing effects, it is one that I will be pondering for a long while. Here’s a video of a piece that I heard recently, Anderson’s Prayer for solo viola. It was playedContinue reading “Julian Anderson”

Righteous Girls: Gathering Blue

I am thrilled that on July 10th Righteous Girls are releasing their debut album, Gathering Blue, on New Focus Recordings . It contains works by Andy Akiho, Akinmusire, Pascal Le Boeuf,  Vijay Iyer, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, and Randy Woolf, as well as my own “For Milton,” an homage to Milton Babbitt that isContinue reading “Righteous Girls: Gathering Blue”

February 6 & 7: Michael Jarrell’s Cassandra Receives US Premiere

One of the oldest stories left to humanity, yet it still can withstand and even thrive in new adaptations… On Thursday and Friday, a new production of Swiss composer Michael Jarrell’s opera Cassandra will be given its US Premiere at Bohemian National Hall in New York City (details below). Based on the 1984 novel by Christa Wolf, theContinue reading “February 6 & 7: Michael Jarrell’s Cassandra Receives US Premiere”

Friday: Taka Kigawa and Ensemble LPR

On Friday, pianist Taka Kigawa joins Ensemble LPR for a program of contemporary classical music, both watershed works and new offerings. The concert’s centerpiece is Ligeti’s Piano Concerto. The Ensemble also performs Varèse’s Octandre and Gallery Music by composer/conductor Brad Lubman (best known for his work with Ensemble Signal). Kigawa also plays two solo pieces, Joule by Dai Fujikura and The Thinking Eye by areaContinue reading “Friday: Taka Kigawa and Ensemble LPR”

31 Memorable Recordings from 2013

File Under ?’s Best Recordings of 2013 (in no particular order) Yvar Mikhashoff, Panorama of American Piano Music (Mode) Robert Levin and Ursula Oppens, Piano Music 1960-2010 – Bernard Rands (Bridge) New York Polyphony, Time Go By Turns (BIS) Julia Holter, Loud City Song (Domino) Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner, Signs, Games, and Messages (Cedille)Continue reading “31 Memorable Recordings from 2013”