Eighth Blackbird: “Filament” (CD Review)

Filament Eighth Blackbird Cedille Records CD 90000 157 The “M” word: minimalism: oft-quoted, sometimes maligned, often misunderstood, and seldom accepted as a self-descriptor by composers. We get into ever more thorny ground as we begin to contemplate “post-minimalism:” does it describe chronology, influence, or some kind of murky musical terrain? If we are to useContinue reading “Eighth Blackbird: “Filament” (CD Review)”

NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration

This week, NPR’s First Listen program is sharing a streaming preview of Ayhem, a collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Bryce Dessner of the National. Out via Anti Records on November 5th, the recording is Dessner’s first full length album of concert works. That said, Dessner is no newbie to writing for classical instruments; he has composed forContinue reading “NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration”