Amanda Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens: “It’s a Fire”

Amanda Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens have collaborated on a cover of Portishead’s “It’s a Fire,” which you can hear via Bandcamp (embed below). Proceeds from the single benefit Free Black University.

RIP Charles Wuorinen (1938-2020)

American composer, conductor, and pianist Charles Wuorinen has passed away. Wuorinen was the first person to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for an electronic music work, Time’s Encomium. He was also a MacArthur Fellow and received numerous other commissions and awards. His book, Simple Composition, is one of the clearest explications of composing using 12-toneContinue reading “RIP Charles Wuorinen (1938-2020)”

Composer News 2020

Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will be performing my Psalm 96 setting on their West Coast Tour. The choir is celebrating its centenary in 2020 and commissioned the piece to mark the milestone. (Dates below) Friday, January 10 • 7:30 p.m.Plymouth Church – United Church of ChristSeattle, WALEARN MORE Sunday, January 12 • 4Continue reading “Composer News 2020”

Two new recordings feature Carey compositions; new choral pieces

Out on Friday, December 6th, via New Focus Recordings, Wendy Richman’s Vox/Viola recording includes a piece I wrote for her in 2010, “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.” The CD significantly enlarges the repertoire for singing violists, with pieces by Ken Ueno, Everette Minchew, Arlene Sierra, Jason Eckardt, and others. Recently released on WestminsterContinue reading “Two new recordings feature Carey compositions; new choral pieces”

Helen Grime in Tempo

The July 2019 issue of Tempo includes three contributions from yours truly: an analytical article on Helen Grime’s music and reviews of Joseph Straus’s latest book on disability studies and musical modernism and Zeno Baldi’s portrait CD on Stradivarius.

Fred Hersch Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard

Fred Hersch Trio Village Vanguard January 5, 2019 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – Beginning the new year with a six-night long residency at the Village Vanguard, pianist Fred Hersch had a lot to celebrate. His current trio, in which he is joined by bassist John Hebert and drummer Kevin McPherson, hasContinue reading “Fred Hersch Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard”

Best of 2018: Instrumental and Recital CDs

Best of 2018: Instrumental and Recital CDs Best Recital Hanging Gardens Works by Claude Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern Jacob Greenberg, piano with Tony Arnold, soprano Rather than the customary bifurcation, Impressionism and Expressionism are related to one another on Hanging Gardens, pianist Jacob Greenberg’s loving curated, beautifully performed double CD. HeContinue reading “Best of 2018: Instrumental and Recital CDs”

Best of 2018: Composer Portrait CDs

Best of 2018: Composer Portrait CDs   2018 saw the release of a bevy of excellent recordings of music by contemporary composers. These were the portrait CDs that most frequently captivated my ear and captured my CD player. Ipsa Dixit Kate Soper Wet Ink Ensemble (Erin Lesser, flute; Ian Antonio, percussion; Josh Modney, violin) NewContinue reading “Best of 2018: Composer Portrait CDs”

Low – “Rome (Always in the Dark)” (Video)

  This week, Low released a video for “Rome, Always in the Dark,” one of the tracks off of their new Sub Pop recording Double Negative (released yesterday). On Double Negative, Low, probably best known for its work as one of the premier slowcore bands, moves their music closer to an aesthetic involving deconstruction and electroacoustic elements. One saw glimmersContinue reading “Low – “Rome (Always in the Dark)” (Video)”