Release Day! Composers at Westminster Recording

On Friday, October 25th, Westminster Choir College’s recording label, distributed by Naxos, will release “Composers at Westminster,” a digital recording of works by the composition faculty. It includes music by Stefan Young, Joel Phillips, Jay Kawarsky, Ronald Hemmel, and Christian Carey. Three of the college’s choirs, conducted by Joe Miller, James Jordan, and Amanda Quist,Continue reading “Release Day! Composers at Westminster Recording”

Tallis Scholars Premiere Nico Muhly in Midtown

Tallis Scholars: A Renaissance Christmas Miller Theatre Early Music Series Church of St. Mary the Virgin December 1, 2018 Published on Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey NEW YORK – The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, made their annual appearance in New York as part of Miller Theatre’s Early Music series at the Church ofContinue reading “Tallis Scholars Premiere Nico Muhly in Midtown”

Þráinn Hjálmarsson on Carrier Records (CD Review)

Þráinn Hjálmarsson Influence of Buildings on Musical Tone Caput Ensemble, Krista Thora Haraldsdottir, Icelandic Flute Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Nordic Affect Carrier Records Composer Þráinn Hjálmarsson’s latest CD, Influence of Buildings on Musical Tone, revels in the exploratory sound world of effects and extended techniques. That said, his work is more than an assemblage of alternativeContinue reading “Þráinn Hjálmarsson on Carrier Records (CD Review)”

BMOP: an Interview with Gil Rose

Gil Rose directs the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, or BMOP. The orchestra’s in house label, BMOP/Sound, has released a spate of vital CDs of American music. I recently interviewed Rose about recordings already released on the label and a preview of the rest of 2018’s live and recorded events.   In recent years, BMOP has released several recordings thatContinue reading “BMOP: an Interview with Gil Rose”

Christopher Fox: Headlong (CD Review)

  Christopher Fox Headlong Heather Roche, clarinets Métier CD MSV28573   Composer Christopher Fox has crafted an imaginative output, employing diverse approaches and many different technical resources. His latest Métier CD, Headlong, is devoted to clarinet music, for instruments of varying sizes. Heather Roche is the stalwart interpreter of these pieces. Her own versatility andContinue reading “Christopher Fox: Headlong (CD Review)”

This September – Premiere Performances of “A Lady”

  The Bryne:Kozar Duo – soprano Corrine Byrne and trumpeter Andy Kozar – recently commissioned a quarter-tone piece from me, a setting of Amy Lowell’s poem “A Lady.” They will be premiering the work in Boston on September 9th, one of three performances they will be giving of the piece; the others are in New York and Media, Pennsylvania (see listings below). AlsoContinue reading “This September – Premiere Performances of “A Lady””

Da Capo Players at Merkin (Concert Review)

Da Capo Chamber Players Perform a Potpourri of American Works   Da Capo Chamber Players Merkin Concert Hall June 4, 2018   NEW YORK – Themed programs and portrait concerts are all the rage these days. As such, it is refreshing when an ensemble goes eclectic, presenting a diverse array of music. Such was theContinue reading “Da Capo Players at Merkin (Concert Review)”

Kit Downes – Obsidian (CD Review)

Obsidian Kit Downes, organ and composer; Tom Challenger, tenor saxophone ECM Records Prior to this recording, Kit Downes was primarily known as a pianist in jazz settings, notably leading his own trio and quintet. Obsidian is his debut CD as a leader for ECM Records; he previously appeared on the label as part of theContinue reading “Kit Downes – Obsidian (CD Review)”

Best Chamber Portrait CD and Best New Recording Artist 2017

Scott Wollschleger, Soft Aberration (New Focus, 2017) Longleash, Passage (New Focus, 2017) Scott Wollschleger’s compositions are written in an amalgam of different styles, onto which he puts a personal stamp, creating pieces that are full of savory surprises. Wollschleger’s debut portrait CD on New Focus, Soft Aberration, contains five pieces that show his eclecticism toContinue reading “Best Chamber Portrait CD and Best New Recording Artist 2017”

Nicholas Deyoe on Populist (Preview)

This October (the 20th to be precise) one of the releases I’m most looking forward to is Nicholas Deyoe’s for Duane (Populist). His second album on the imprint, if features five new, typically audacious, chamber pieces. Check out some streamed selections via the Bandcamp link below. Deyoe also appears on Ashley Walters’ October Populist release, Sweet Anxiety (video below).