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)”

Friday: ACF Goes Alt-Electronica

Austrian Cultural Forum prides itself on an eclectic array of offerings, with regular programs presenting excellent composers and ensembles on the cusp of new music making. Pop has been among past proceedings, but an event like the one this Friday treads new ground for the venue. Viennese duo Demi Broxa (Jakob Schneidewind, bass/electronics and AgnesContinue reading “Friday: ACF Goes Alt-Electronica”

RIP Pierre Henry (1927-2017)

Pierre Henry, the father of musique concrete, and the grandfather of all of us in the electroacoustic music field, has died at the age of 89. William Grimes has more about Henry’s life and visionary status in an obituary published in the New York Times. 

Tod Dockstader: “From the Archives” (CD Review)

Tod Dockstader From the Archives Starkland CD Composer and electronic musician Tod Dockstader died in 2015 and dementia truncated his work in the electronic studio even before that. However, he left behind over 4200 unreleased sound files. Justin H. Brierley has compiled the best of these into a selection of pieces From the Archives that StarklandContinue reading “Tod Dockstader: “From the Archives” (CD Review)”

Jenny Olivia Johnson: Don’t Look Back (CD Review)

Jenny Olivia Johnson Don’t Look Back Innova Recordings CD 925   Wellesley professor Jenny Olivia Johnson presents a program of synth-inflected songs on Don’t Look Back, her debut recording for the Innova imprint. Like many good indie classical songwriters, her formula combines beautiful sounds with stark lyrics: I like to think of it as theContinue reading “Jenny Olivia Johnson: Don’t Look Back (CD Review)”

Johannes Kreidler – musik mit musik (CD Review)

Musik mit Musik Johannes Kreidler Wergo CD   Nadar Ensemble, Daan Janssens, conductor; Ensemble LUX:NM; Ensemble Mosaik; Ensemble Modern, Johannes Kalitzke, conductor   Johannes Kreidler’s music is Darmstadt’s most persuasive response yet to hip hop’s sample and mixing DJ. On his in hyper intervals, snatches of voices and backbeat percussion intersect with aphoristic interludes ofContinue reading “Johannes Kreidler – musik mit musik (CD Review)”

Thursday: Sarah Plum at Spectrum

On Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 PM, violinist Sarah Plum plays a concert at  Spectrum (121 Ludlow Street, NYC). Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors) and are available at the door. Plum, a new music specialist, has two CDs coming out on July 14th, both on the Blue Griffin imprint. On the first,Continue reading “Thursday: Sarah Plum at Spectrum”

Lewis Spratlan – The Architect

Architect Composed by Lewis Spratlan with electroacoustic music by John Downey and Jenny Kallick Libretto by Jenny Kallick Navona Records CD/DVD Pulitzer prizewinning composer Lewis Spratlan, abetted by electronics from John Downey and Jenny Kallick, crafts an elegant meditation on creativity in the chamber opera Architect. It is based on the ideas and life storyContinue reading “Lewis Spratlan – The Architect”