In a Nutshell: An Interview with David Smooke

On Sunday, January 22nd at 7pm at National Sawdust in Brooklyn (80 North 6th Street), composer and toy pianist David Smooke will celebrate the release of his New Focus CD Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Joined by album personnel loadbang, Karl Larson and Michael Parker Harley, Smooke will also perform and improvise on the toy piano. I recently caught up with him and discussedContinue reading “In a Nutshell: An Interview with David Smooke”

R. Andrew Lee Plays Paul A. Epstein (CD Review)

Paul A. Epstein Piano Music R. Andrew Lee, piano Irritable Hedgehog CD/DL   Prior to this recording, composer Paul A. Epstein was not a name known to me. There are so many vital creators out there that one must continue to search for them. Thankfully, R. Andrew Lee has recorded this disc for Irritable Hedgehog. It presents eight of Epstein’s compositions forContinue reading “R. Andrew Lee Plays Paul A. Epstein (CD Review)”

Laura Cetilia on Estuary, Ltd.

Used, Broken, & Unwanted Laura Cetilia, cello, autoharp, voice, and electronics Estuary Ltd. CD   A live recording from 2013 made in Providence, Rhode Island, Used, Broken, and Unwanted demonstrates to good effect the wide-ranging timbral palette and drone-based structures that artist Laura Cetilia explores. The title track makes use of repetition, not in theContinue reading “Laura Cetilia on Estuary, Ltd.”

The Song of the Stars (Naxos CD)

The Song of the Stars British Music for Upper Voice Choir Naxos CD 8.573427 Wells Cathedral School Choralia, conducted by Christopher Finch; Eleanor Turner, harp; Elliot Launn, piano Occupying as it does an important niche in choral literature, the CD Song of the Stars demonstrates the vitality and importance of Naxos Records’s “no stone leftContinue reading “The Song of the Stars (Naxos CD)”