Westminster Choir Premieres New Carey work

This past summer, Joe Miller, Director of Choral Activities at Westminster Choir College, commissioned a piece from me to celebrate the centenary of both the college and Westminster Choir. They will premiere my setting of Psalm 96 on November 9th in Massapequa, New York and November 10th in Princeton (Details below). Appear and Inspire: 100Continue reading “Westminster Choir Premieres New Carey work”

Modern Nature – “How to Live?

How to Live?, Modern Nature’s recorded debut, is out now on Bella Union. Modern Nature Tour Dates:Wed. Dec. 18 – Bristol, UK @ Friendly Records End Of Year PartyFri. Dec. 20 – Southend, UK @ South Records End Of Year PartyThu. Jan. 9 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping PongFri. Jan. 10 – Philadelphia, PAContinue reading “Modern Nature – “How to Live?”

Odyssean Ensemble debuts with Byrd (CD Review)

William Byrd – The Great Service and Anthems Odyssean Ensemble, Colm Carey, director; Christian Wilson, organ Linn Records William Byrd is often associated with Catholic church music, contributing three masses and collections of propers. He also composed one of the finest collections of Anglican music, a “full” or “long” service of the music for theContinue reading “Odyssean Ensemble debuts with Byrd (CD Review)”

Erika Fox – Paths (CD Review)

Erika Fox Paths Goldsfield Ensemble, Richard Baker, conductor NMC Recordings Once one hears Paths, the octogenarian Erika Fox’s first CD, their first reaction may mirror mine: one of incredulity. How is it possible that a composer this talented with such a distinctive and assured musical voice had to wait so long for a monograph recording? ToContinue reading “Erika Fox – Paths (CD Review)”

CD Review: Riot Ensemble

Speak, Be Silent Riot Ensemble, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, conductor Works by Chaya Czernowin, Anna Thorvaldsdóttor, Mirela Ivičević, Liza Lim, and Rebecca Saunders Huddersfield Contemporary Records HCR20CD 2019 Riot Ensemble’s latest CD features five works by female composers who hail from a diverse group of countries: Israel, Iceland, Croatia, Australia, and the UK. Speak, Be Silentcomes at aContinue reading “CD Review: Riot Ensemble”

Blue Heron Sings Ockeghem in Cambridge

Blue Heron Sings Ockeghem’s Missa Prolationum First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts By Christian Carey Sequenza21.com March 9, 2019 CAMBRIDGE – Blue Heron’s Ockeghem@600 project has steadily worked its way through much of the composer’s repertoire. On March 9th at First Church, one of the most special evenings of this series was performed: Johannes Ockeghem’s MissaContinue reading “Blue Heron Sings Ockeghem in Cambridge”

Matthew Shipp Trio – “Signature” (CD Review)

Matthew Shipp Trio Signature ESP (ESPDISK 5029CD) Pianist Matthew Shipp has recorded prolifically, but Signature is the first outing of his current piano trio. Joined by bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker, Shipp thrives in this configuration, one of the most celebrated and venerable in jazz history. Indeed, taking the piano trio toContinue reading “Matthew Shipp Trio – “Signature” (CD Review)”

Anna Webber: Clockwise (CD Review)

Anna Webber Clockwise Pi Recordings (2019) Saxophonist/flutist/composer Anna Webber, a thirty-five-year-old who has already won a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous other plaudits, makes her Pi Recordings debut with Clockwise.Joined by an estimable group of avant-jazz musicians – pianist Matt Mitchell, Jeremy Viner playing tenor saxophone and clarinet, trombonist Jacob Garchik, cellist Christopher Hoffman, bassist Chris Tordini, and percussionist Ches Smith-Webber plays tenor saxophone and fluteContinue reading “Anna Webber: Clockwise (CD Review)”

Best of 2018: Instrumental and Recital CDs

Best of 2018: Instrumental and Recital CDs Best Recital Hanging Gardens Works by Claude Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern Jacob Greenberg, piano with Tony Arnold, soprano Rather than the customary bifurcation, Impressionism and Expressionism are related to one another on Hanging Gardens, pianist Jacob Greenberg’s loving curated, beautifully performed double CD. HeContinue reading “Best of 2018: Instrumental and Recital CDs”