György Kurtág on ECM

György Kurtág Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir Asko | Schönberg and Netherlands Radio Choir; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor ECM Records 3xCD 2505-07   Composer György Kurtág was born in Transylvania, but his many years of association with the Budapest conservatory have identified him as one of the foremost composers of Hungary, heir to Ligeti’sContinue reading “György Kurtág on ECM”

Friday: Aaron Parks Trio at Smalls

On Friday, June 16th from 7:30 to 10 at the New York jazz venue Smalls, pianist Aaron Parks celebrates the release of Find the Way, his second release on ECM as a leader (and third overall). On 2013’s Arborescence, Parks appeared on the label as a solo artist, crafting improvisations in a live setting that were gently sculpted but nevertheless stirringContinue reading “Friday: Aaron Parks Trio at Smalls”

Kronos Quartet Plays Folk Songs (CD Review)

Kronos Quartet, with Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant Folk Songs Nonesuch CD   From its earliest recordings, which included transcriptions of jazz, Kronos Quartet has cast their net wide. The group’s repertoire encompasses music from the world over and from numerous composers in a variety of styles. To remind myself ofContinue reading “Kronos Quartet Plays Folk Songs (CD Review)”

TALsounds – Love Sick (Bandcamp)

Here’s one well worth repeated listenings: TALsounds’ Love Sick (via Ba da Bing). Analog synths, overdubbed voices, and generous melodic writing all mix together in a heady concoction of synths of yesteryear and the live loops of today.

“3 Kenyon Songs” – “Psalm 103” (SoundCloud)

This week I am posting recordings from a May 2016 recital that was performed at All Saints’ Church in Princeton, New Jersey. Organized by soprano Sara Noble and the Contemporary Undercurrents of Song Project, it was given for me after I returned home last Spring from having cancer surgeries in Nashville. It was the mostContinue reading ““3 Kenyon Songs” – “Psalm 103” (SoundCloud)”

Ross Gay Songs Premiere Tomorrow at New Music Gathering

Soprano Sara Noble Tomorrow (May 13) at 1:30PM in Kobacker Hall, my Ross Gay Songs will be premiered by soprano Sara Noble and pianist Nadia Shpachenko as part of  New Music Gathering 2017 , held this year at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH). Pianist Nadia Shpachenko Program note Three Ross Gay Songs were composed while I was recuperating inContinue reading “Ross Gay Songs Premiere Tomorrow at New Music Gathering”

New Music Gathering

  I am very pleased to share that soprano Sara Noble and pianist Nadia Shpachenko will be premiering my Ross Gay Songs at New Music Gathering on May 11 at 2:30. This year, NMG will be held at Bowling Green State University.

Performances this week

A couple performances of my work as we move into March. On Monday, February 27th, singing violist Wendy Richman performed my voice/viola piece “Cloths of Heaven” in Birmingham, Alabama at the Alabama Viola Society’s “Violapalooza” concert at Highlands United Methodist Church. The SoundCloud embed below is of her performance of the piece at Oberlin College in 2016. OnContinue reading “Performances this week”

Marvin’s Marathon

Our pal Marvin Rosen says: “I am all packed and ready to leave home for WPRB. In a little over an hour, the 2016 VIVA 21ST CENTURY PLUS – “INTERNATIONAL EDITION” – 25-HOUR LIVE WPRB RADIO BROADCAST – goes on the air. Hope that you can join me for at least for parts of programContinue reading “Marvin’s Marathon”

Let the Water Rain Down

Let the Water Rain Down Words by Kay Mitchell, Music by Christian Carey Let the water rain down, let the Spirit rise up, And gather you into the arms of the Lord God’s love will surround you and now you will know One call that will give you one Faith and one Word Let theContinue reading “Let the Water Rain Down”