Author Archives: sjwrogers

Residual Drifter ~ Isolation Booth / Loss of Being

We often use “dark”, “warm”, and similar descriptors to help classify abstract music. Perhaps “utopian” and “dystopian” are equally useful. Some sounds have the power to conjure idyllic visions, showing us how the world might be. John Hassel and Brian

Residual Drifter ~ Isolation Booth / Loss of Being

We often use “dark”, “warm”, and similar descriptors to help classify abstract music. Perhaps “utopian” and “dystopian” are equally useful. Some sounds have the power to conjure idyllic visions, showing us how the world might be. John Hassel and Brian

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York ~ Entity

Satoko Fujii has been a presence in avant-garde jazz since the late 1990s. She has released albums prolifically, as a solo pianist, or in duets and ensembles. Her most remarkable achievements have been as leader and composer for big bands.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York ~ Entity

Satoko Fujii has been a presence in avant-garde jazz since the late 1990s. She has released albums prolifically, as a solo pianist, or in duets and ensembles. Her most remarkable achievements have been as leader and composer for big bands.

Roedelius ~ Selbstportrait Wahre Liebe

Imagine creating one image of yourself now, and another after forty years. How different would they be? Inevitably, a lot would have changed. Not just your body, but your sense of identity; your way of looking; your approach to the

Roedelius ~ Selbstportrait Wahre Liebe

Imagine creating one image of yourself now, and another after forty years. How different would they be? Inevitably, a lot would have changed. Not just your body, but your sense of identity; your way of looking; your approach to the

Luca T. Mai ~ Heavenly Guide / Weston Olencki ~ Solo Works

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. So wrote John Donne in 1623. “Music makes the people come together”, sang Madonna a few centuries later. Such

Luca T. Mai ~ Heavenly Guide / Weston Olencki ~ Solo Works

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. So wrote John Donne in 1623. “Music makes the people come together”, sang Madonna a few centuries later. Such

JC Leisure ~ Mutations For / The Kendal Mintcake ~ (always in a straight line, from centre to edge)

Think back to the music you enjoyed as an adolescent. You can probably recall the artists, the treasured albums. But also, the media you were using. Did you grow up in the analogue age or the digital? For some, that

JC Leisure ~ Mutations For / The Kendal Mintcake ~ (always in a straight line, from centre to edge)

Think back to the music you enjoyed as an adolescent. You can probably recall the artists, the treasured albums. But also, the media you were using. Did you grow up in the analogue age or the digital? For some, that

Nazar ~ Guerrilla

“War is hell”, General Sherman reportedly said. Civil wars seem particularly hellish. As a country consumes itself from within, what happens to identity, to culture, and to art? Since 1945, many civil wars have been postcolonial in nature. When Angola

Nazar ~ Guerrilla

“War is hell”, General Sherman reportedly said. Civil wars seem particularly hellish. As a country consumes itself from within, what happens to identity, to culture, and to art? Since 1945, many civil wars have been postcolonial in nature. When Angola

Charles Curtis ~ Performances & Recordings 1998​-​2018

When does a musician become a master of their instrument? Once an apprentice knows complex pieces by heart, they probably feel mastery. More so when they gain an intimate knowledge of their instrument’s repertoire. But the best musicians reach a

Charles Curtis ~ Performances & Recordings 1998​-​2018

When does a musician become a master of their instrument? Once an apprentice knows complex pieces by heart, they probably feel mastery. More so when they gain an intimate knowledge of their instrument’s repertoire. But the best musicians reach a

Thomas Dimuzio ~ Sutro Transmissions

All the music on A Closer Listen wishes to communicate with listeners. Some of it also thinks about communication – the processes, technologies, difficulties, and contradictions that happen when information is transmitted. Last year, one album channelled the radio waves

Thomas Dimuzio ~ Sutro Transmissions

All the music on A Closer Listen wishes to communicate with listeners. Some of it also thinks about communication – the processes, technologies, difficulties, and contradictions that happen when information is transmitted. Last year, one album channelled the radio waves