Scott Wollschleger – Dark Days (CD Review)

Scott Wollschleger Dark Days New Focus Recordings Karl Larson, piano Scott Wollschleger’s music has great emotional range. Dark Days explores an atmospheric and lyrical side to his composing for piano. Wollschleger has collaborated with pianist Karl Larson for some time, and this collection of pieces created over a number of years attests to the felicitousContinue reading “Scott Wollschleger – Dark Days (CD Review)”

Ashlee Mack – Bagatelle for Piano (Video)

Ashlee Mack has just posted a performance video of my Bagatelle for Solo Piano. It is one in a set of three, the others being for alto flute and then a duo for alto flute and piano. You can stream or purchase a studio recording of the whole set via the Bandcamp embed below. ThreeContinue reading “Ashlee Mack – Bagatelle for Piano (Video)”

Track of the Day: Section of Music for 18 – solo!

Erik Hall has made a recording of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Musicians – by himself. Created before social distancing, it still seems to be in step with the solitariness of pandemic time. The recording will be released on May 8th via Western Vinyl.

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?”

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)”

loadbang Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Concerts, New Focus Recording

CC: Cheering for the home team in this post (I collaborated with loadbang back in 2011 on a microtonal setting of “Prayer,” a poem by Joannie Mackowski).  Ten years ago, the members of loadbang met in the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music. A mixed chamber ensemble, consisting of Jeffrey Gavett, baritone, Andrew Kozar, trumpet, William Lang, trombone,Continue reading “loadbang Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Concerts, New Focus Recording”

Neosho – Fun With Ableton (YouTube)

Neosho’s latest video, “Time Traveler,” is part of the composition process itself. Using an Ableton patch that responds to visual images as part of the arrangement, they have created dizzying audio and video. Programming isn’t all that’s there however; there are also jocular vocals and a sax solo that could be teleported from the mid-80s.Continue reading “Neosho – Fun With Ableton (YouTube)”