John Adams: Violin Concerto (CD Review)

Violin Concerto – John Adams Leila Josefowicz, violin St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, conductor Nonesuch CD Some recordings become touchstones in one’s collection. Despite there being several fine renditions out there, the 1996 Nonesuch CD of Gidon Kremer playing John Adams’ Violin Concerto (1993), with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Kent Nagano, isContinue reading “John Adams: Violin Concerto (CD Review)”

Ghost Ensemble: We Who Walk Again (LP Review)

We Who Walk Again Ghost Ensemble Indexical LP/Download Since 2012, New York’s Ghost Ensemble has pursued a deep listening ethos that incorporates a range of repertoire, both pieces by ensemble members and works by composers such as David Bird, Kyle Gann, Giacinto Scelsi, and Gerard Grisey. Any ensemble in the US that references “deep listening”Continue reading “Ghost Ensemble: We Who Walk Again (LP 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)”

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)”

Ljova in Princeton

“Sorry About the Mess – Portraits in Music:” Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and Friends Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University February 27, 2018 Sequenza21.com By Christian Carey PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY – Violist and composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin has been a guest artist this semester at Princeton University’s Atelier. The special courses in this program featureContinue reading “Ljova in Princeton”

Poppy Ackroyd: Resolve (CD Review)

Poppy Ackroyd Resolve One Little Indian CD/DL   Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Poppy Ackroyd has released her fourth album, Resolve, on One Little Indian. Like her previous work, ambient neoclassical instrumentals reign here. Ackroyd’s violin, piano, and synths are abetted by percussionist Manu Delago, wind player Mike Lesirge, and cellist Jo Quail. Together they createContinue reading “Poppy Ackroyd: Resolve (CD Review)”

Mike Donovan: “Sadfinger” (Bandcamp)

A preview track from Mike Donovan’s “How to Get Your Record Played in Shops,” which will be out on 4/20 via Drag City. https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3650878242/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/track=844659316/transparent=true/   TOUR DATES: FEB 10 San Francisco, CA @ RPMetaspace (Closing Party for William Keihn’s “Trapdoor” exhibition) MAR 1 Ojai, CA @ Ojai Rancho Inn MAR 3 SF, CA @ RPMetaspaceContinue reading “Mike Donovan: “Sadfinger” (Bandcamp)”

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)”

Bang on a Can Plays Thorvaldsdottir (Video)

Bang on a Can’s More Field Recordings is out today on Cantaloupe. This second helping of works abetted by found sounds and site recordings features music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Dan Deacon, Ben Frost, and Glenn Kotche. The group celebrated its release tonight at BAM.