An Evening with Simone Dinnerstein (Concert review)

Simone Dinnerstein in Recital Miller Theatre – Columbia University December 8, 2018 Published on Sequenza21.com By Christian Carey NEW YORK – On Saturday, December 8th, pianist Simone Dinnerstein made a return appearance to Miller Theatre to perform an intriguing and eclectic solo recital. The stage was set with subdued lighting, with electric “candles” placed throughoutContinue reading “An Evening with Simone Dinnerstein (Concert review)”

Low – “Rome (Always in the Dark)” (Video)

  This week, Low released a video for “Rome, Always in the Dark,” one of the tracks off of their new Sub Pop recording Double Negative (released yesterday). On Double Negative, Low, probably best known for its work as one of the premier slowcore bands, moves their music closer to an aesthetic involving deconstruction and electroacoustic elements. One saw glimmersContinue reading “Low – “Rome (Always in the Dark)” (Video)”

James Romig – Still (CD Review)

James Romig Still Ashlee Mack, piano New World Records 80802 Composer James Romig has spent the past twenty years cultivating a body of work that embodies both rigorous structuring and a wide-ranging gestural palette. As is explained in Bruce Quaglia’s excellent liner notes for Romig’s first New World CD, Still, there is good reason forContinue reading “James Romig – Still (CD Review)”

Tangents – New Bodies (CD Review)

Tangents New Bodies Temporary Residence Ltd. Australian instrumental quintet Tangents return with their fourth album via Temporary Residence. It is their finest work in some time, with an even broader palette of materials and stylistic reference points that are adroitly incorporated. The combination of cello, especially favoring pizzicato, and synth melodies remains, but along forContinue reading “Tangents – New Bodies (CD Review)”

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)”

Danish String Quartet – Last Leaf

Last Leaf Danish String Quartet ECM Records CD   The Danish String Quartet is best known for their insightful interpretations of classical and contemporary repertoire. For instance, a 2016 CD for ECM Records presented early works by Ades, Norgard, and Abrahamsen to widespread acclaim. However, back in 2014, the quartet had a best seller onContinue reading “Danish String Quartet – Last Leaf”

Maderna and Berio on ECM (CD Review)

Now, and Then Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor Pablo Márquez, guitar ECM 2485 November 17 sees the release of Now, and Then, an ECM recording of transcriptions by composers Bruno Maderna and Luciano Berio. In addition to his creative pursuits and new music advocacy, Maderna (1920-1973) was in demand as a conductorContinue reading “Maderna and Berio on ECM (CD Review)”

Lee Ranaldo – Moroccan Mountains (Video)

  Best known for his work with Sonic Youth, in recent years Lee Ranaldo has carved out an interesting solo career. “Moroccan Mountains” is the lead off track from Electric Trim, his first LP for Mute (out 9/15/17). Check out the evocative, seven-and-a-half minute long video that accompanies the song below.  

Xordox – Neospection (CD Review)

JG Thirlwell Xordox Neospection Editions Mego JG Thirlwell has recorded under several monikers and with various bands (Frank Want, Clint Ruin, Foetus, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, et cetera). Xordox is his latest project, recorded both at Self Immolation Studios in Brooklyn and as part of a residency at EMS in Stockholm, Sweden. ThirlwellContinue reading “Xordox – Neospection (CD Review)”

Tigran Mansurian Requiem on ECM Records (CD Review)

Tigran Mansurian Requiem RIAS Kammerchor; Anja Petersen, soprano; Andrew Redmond, baritone; Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich, conductor ECM New Series 2508 CD   On the cover of this CD’s booklet is a picture from 1917, 100 years ago, of deportees from Turkey travelling through the desert to Aleppo in Syria. One thinks, “Plus ça change, plusContinue reading “Tigran Mansurian Requiem on ECM Records (CD Review)”