Category Archives: Modern Composition

Pêtr Aleksänder ~ Collage

A few years ago, an amazing new duo seemed to arrive out of nowhere, sprinkling the internet with singles and EPs.  But Pêtr Aleksänder was in fact not new at all, simply a new name for Tom Hobden & Eliot

Pêtr Aleksänder ~ Collage

A few years ago, an amazing new duo seemed to arrive out of nowhere, sprinkling the internet with singles and EPs.  But Pêtr Aleksänder was in fact not new at all, simply a new name for Tom Hobden & Eliot

Peter Gregson ~ Patina

Patina is another triumph for cellist-composer Peter Gregson, and is our pick of the season in Modern Composition.   Never content to rest on his laurels, Gregson challenged himself while constructing this new set.  After preliminary recording sessions, he eliminated the melodies

Peter Gregson ~ Patina

Patina is another triumph for cellist-composer Peter Gregson, and is our pick of the season in Modern Composition.   Never content to rest on his laurels, Gregson challenged himself while constructing this new set.  After preliminary recording sessions, he eliminated the melodies

Fall Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

Concerts are back!  Solo performers, orchestras and small ensembles have been finding ways to take their music on the road, whether through outdoor venues or by proof of vaccination.  The modern composition scene has a slight advantage over others in

Fall Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

Concerts are back!  Solo performers, orchestras and small ensembles have been finding ways to take their music on the road, whether through outdoor venues or by proof of vaccination.  The modern composition scene has a slight advantage over others in

Mirla ~ Solitaire

Solitaire is a glorious and life-affirming album. Mirla (Emily Mirla Harrison) addresses issues of isolation, separation, loss and hope, documenting a period that might be mistaken for 2020-21, but is in fact 1942-44.  Drawing sustenance from the past, she uncovers lessons

Mirla ~ Solitaire

Solitaire is a glorious and life-affirming album. Mirla (Emily Mirla Harrison) addresses issues of isolation, separation, loss and hope, documenting a period that might be mistaken for 2020-21, but is in fact 1942-44.  Drawing sustenance from the past, she uncovers lessons

Bruno Bavota ~ For Apartments: Songs & Loops

Last year, we reviewed Bruno Bavota‘s Apartment Songs and Apartment Loops, noting that each EP was technically a Volume 1 and would “be joined by its other half somewhere down the line, with the possibility of a mega-release in 2021.”  Now that time has come!  One

Bruno Bavota ~ For Apartments: Songs & Loops

Last year, we reviewed Bruno Bavota‘s Apartment Songs and Apartment Loops, noting that each EP was technically a Volume 1 and would “be joined by its other half somewhere down the line, with the possibility of a mega-release in 2021.”  Now that time has come!  One

Anushka Chkheidze, Eto Gelashvili, Hayk Karoyi, Robert Lippok ~ Glacier Music II

Glacier Music II is the rare sequel worth seeking out.  Five years removed from its predecessor, the album continues to track the effects of climate change on one of earth’s most precious resources.  An informative booklet accompanies the disc and provides

Anushka Chkheidze, Eto Gelashvili, Hayk Karoyi, Robert Lippok ~ Glacier Music II

Glacier Music II is the rare sequel worth seeking out.  Five years removed from its predecessor, the album continues to track the effects of climate change on one of earth’s most precious resources.  An informative booklet accompanies the disc and provides

Sin Fang ~ Foscadh (Original Soundtrack)

To hear a film score without seeing the film ~ or in this case, even a trailer ~ is a revealing experience.  The reviewer has no prejudgments, and is freed to determine whether the music is strong enough to stand

Sin Fang ~ Foscadh (Original Soundtrack)

To hear a film score without seeing the film ~ or in this case, even a trailer ~ is a revealing experience.  The reviewer has no prejudgments, and is freed to determine whether the music is strong enough to stand

Molly Herron ~ Through Lines

Through Lines is a gentle work, so gentle one might miss it, if not for a pair of intriguing videos.  “Canon No. 3” is playful and fun, while “Lyra” is lovely and restrained.  Together they showcase two sides of composer Molly Herron,

Molly Herron ~ Through Lines

Through Lines is a gentle work, so gentle one might miss it, if not for a pair of intriguing videos.  “Canon No. 3” is playful and fun, while “Lyra” is lovely and restrained.  Together they showcase two sides of composer Molly Herron,