Required Reading: The Spectral Piano

Book review The Spectral Piano From Liszt, Scriabin, and Debussy to the Digital Age By Marilyn Nonken, with a chapter by Hugues Dufourt Cambridge University Press, 192 pp., 2014/2016 (paperback edition) By Christian Carey Recently reissued in paperback, pianist/author Marilyn Nonken’s book The Spectral Piano is a fascinating examination of the history of piano musicContinue reading “Required Reading: The Spectral Piano”

Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne (CD Review)

Matt Mitchell FØRAGE Screwgun Records   In recent years, saxophonist and composer Tim Berne has frequently collaborated with pianist Matt Mitchell, most notably in Snakeoil, a quartet in which the two are joined by clarinetist Oscar Noriega and percussionist Ches Smith. Thus, Mitchell approaches Berne’s music from a unique and intimate vantage point, one idealContinue reading “Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne (CD Review)”

David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp on AUM Fidelity (CD Review)

David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp Live in Sant’Anna Arresi 2004 AUM Fidelity CD 100   Tenor saxophonist David S. Ware passed away in 2012, and he is sorely missed on the ecstatic jazz scene that he was pivotal in creating. While Ware’s discography is extensive, AUM Fidelity has released one more recording, Live inContinue reading “David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp on AUM Fidelity (CD Review)”

Thursday: Sarah Cahill plays Harrison at LPR

Pianist Sarah Cahill appears at LPR on April 6th at 7 PM as part of her tour celebrating the music and birth centenary of composer Lou Harrison. She and I touched base earlier this week as she was preparing for her trip to the Northeast.   Hi Sarah. Thanks for taking time to talk withContinue reading “Thursday: Sarah Cahill plays Harrison at LPR”

Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson: “Blackbird”

Vocalist Sara Gazarek teams with pianist Josh Nelson on the forthcoming recording Dream in the Blue (Out 8/5/16). Below is a video of their performance of a medley of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and the jazz standard “Bye Bye Blackbird.”   Upcoming Tour Dates: August 1 / Birdland / NYC* August 12 / Blue Whale /Continue reading “Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson: “Blackbird””

Program for 5/28 Concert

Hope to see some of you tomorrow at 5 PM at the concert being given at All Saints Church in Princeton. Five world premieres in one show – what joy, what luck! Program *All selections composed by Christian B. Carey, unless otherwise noted Spiritual Variations I & II Tom Colao, organ Je suis aimé deContinue reading “Program for 5/28 Concert”

Michael Mizrahi’s “Currents”

Currents Michael Mizrahi, piano Works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Troy Herion, Mark Dancigers, Asha Srinivasan, Missy Mazzoli, and Patrick Burke New Amsterdam CD/DL Pianist Michael Mizrahi’s sophomore album Currents is out this week via New Amsterdam Records. Below is the considerably charming video introduction to the release, featuring  excerpts from Troy Herion’s Harpsichords.    The title track, byContinue reading “Michael Mizrahi’s “Currents””

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)”

1/10: Jenny Q. Chai at LPR (Concert Preview)

Pianist Jenny Q. Chai is a versatile artist. Her repertoire includes works by contemporary Europeans such as Phillipe Manoury and Marco Stroppa (her dissertation topic), and she recently recorded an excellent portrait CD on Naxos of music by Nils Vigeland. She also performs standard repertoire, such as Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy. On January 10,Continue reading “1/10: Jenny Q. Chai at LPR (Concert Preview)”