Jessica Moss – “Particles” (CD Preview)

  On October 25th, Constellation Records will release Entanglement, the second solo release by Jessica Moss. A violinist and vocalist who is one of the central members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and co-founder of Black Ox Orchestar, Moss draws upon a prodigious range of influences: from the post-rock and avant-klezmer of theContinue reading “Jessica Moss – “Particles” (CD Preview)”

Best Rock Recording 2017: Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Luciferian Towers

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Luciferian Towers Constellation CD/LP/DL   Canadian instrumental post-rock leftist collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor brings something old and something new to the musical anti-fascist fray on Luciferian Towers, their latest recording for Constellation. They are still angry at the political establishment (as are many of us). But they are REALLY angry.Continue reading “Best Rock Recording 2017: Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Luciferian Towers”

Best Drone Recording 2017: Lee Plays Gibson

Randy Gibson The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield 16 VIII 10 (Kansas City) Andrew Lee, amplified piano Irritable Hedgehog Composer Randy Gibson is best known for his compelling experiments with intonation. R. Andrew Lee is the go-to pianist for Wandelweiser and minimalist-orientedContinue reading “Best Drone Recording 2017: Lee Plays Gibson”

Patricia – “Speed Wagon Night Bride” (SoundCloud)

Out this Friday (7/14) via Ghostly International, Patricia’s full length album Several Shades of the Same Color invites the listener into a warmly hued, artfully constructed minimal soundscape. Patricia is the recording name of Max Ravitz, a techno synthesist who has recorded three LPs under the moniker. His advice for listeners is similar to that of minimalist composers such as PhilipContinue reading “Patricia – “Speed Wagon Night Bride” (SoundCloud)”

Happy 80th Birthday Philip Glass

Photo: Steve Pyke Philip Glass turned eighty years old today. A celebration was held at Carnegie Hall tonight, a concert by the Bruckner Symphony Linz, led longtime Glass collaborator conductor Dennis Russell Davies in the premiere of the composer’s Eleventh Symphony and Three Yoruba Songs (with vocalist Angélique Kidjo). In Nashville tonight, I’m not hearing anyContinue reading “Happy 80th Birthday Philip Glass”

R. Andrew Lee Plays Paul A. Epstein (CD Review)

Paul A. Epstein Piano Music R. Andrew Lee, piano Irritable Hedgehog CD/DL   Prior to this recording, composer Paul A. Epstein was not a name known to me. There are so many vital creators out there that one must continue to search for them. Thankfully, R. Andrew Lee has recorded this disc for Irritable Hedgehog. It presents eight of Epstein’s compositions forContinue reading “R. Andrew Lee Plays Paul A. Epstein (CD Review)”

Eighth Blackbird: “Filament” (CD Review)

Filament Eighth Blackbird Cedille Records CD 90000 157 The “M” word: minimalism: oft-quoted, sometimes maligned, often misunderstood, and seldom accepted as a self-descriptor by composers. We get into ever more thorny ground as we begin to contemplate “post-minimalism:” does it describe chronology, influence, or some kind of murky musical terrain? If we are to useContinue reading “Eighth Blackbird: “Filament” (CD Review)”

Happy Birthday Terry Riley!

Happy birthday to composer Terry Riley, who turns 80 today. There are CD releases out this week to celebrate the composer. My assessment of ZOFO Plays Terry Riley appears in the CD Reviews section of Sequenza 21 and on my blog. But wait, there’s more. Nonesuch Records has done right by Riley. They have releasedContinue reading “Happy Birthday Terry Riley!”

ZOFO Plays Terry Riley

ZOFO Plays Terry Riley Sono Luminus Blu-ray/CD Piano four hands duo Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi once again bring energy, virtuosity, and imagination to a composer’s work on their latest recording, a portrait of Terry Riley. ZOFO arranged a few of the pieces on the album for four hands. Their rendition of “Half-Wolf Dances MadContinue reading “ZOFO Plays Terry Riley”