Category Archives: Modern Composition

Julia Kent and Jean D.L. ~ The Great Lake Swallows

It’s been three years since we’ve heard a new Julia Kent album, although the cellist has kept busy as a guest artist (Markus Guentner’s Empire) and remixer (Michael Price’s Diary Reworks).  On The Great Lake Swallows, she teams up with tape manipulator and guitarist Jean D.L. and field

Julia Kent and Jean D.L. ~ The Great Lake Swallows

It’s been three years since we’ve heard a new Julia Kent album, although the cellist has kept busy as a guest artist (Markus Guentner’s Empire) and remixer (Michael Price’s Diary Reworks).  On The Great Lake Swallows, she teams up with tape manipulator and guitarist Jean D.L. and field

Ólafur Arnalds ~ re:member

If you haven’t yet checked out Norman Records’ review of re:member, we urge you to do so immediately.  It’s quite funny, and underlines the way in which Ólafur Arnalds has conquered the hearts of those who adore lovely music.  But to pigeonhole Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds ~ re:member

If you haven’t yet checked out Norman Records’ review of re:member, we urge you to do so immediately.  It’s quite funny, and underlines the way in which Ólafur Arnalds has conquered the hearts of those who adore lovely music.  But to pigeonhole Arnalds

Masayoshi Fujita ~ Book of Life

Even when played decisively, the vibraphone’s sounds are delicate and diffuse, a far cry from the clarity of its percussive siblings such as the xylophone or the marimba. To these instruments’ strong presence, the vibraphone opposes an absence-in-the-making, a living

Masayoshi Fujita ~ Book of Life

Even when played decisively, the vibraphone’s sounds are delicate and diffuse, a far cry from the clarity of its percussive siblings such as the xylophone or the marimba. To these instruments’ strong presence, the vibraphone opposes an absence-in-the-making, a living

Sven Helbig ~ Tres Momentos

Tres Momentos is a unique release from a unique composer, whose previous works have ranged from choral to electronic.  The current stringed suite is a live performance, inspired by the I Ching and accompanied by a pensive puppetry video.  Directors Omayra Martínez Garzón and

Sven Helbig ~ Tres Momentos

Tres Momentos is a unique release from a unique composer, whose previous works have ranged from choral to electronic.  The current stringed suite is a live performance, inspired by the I Ching and accompanied by a pensive puppetry video.  Directors Omayra Martínez Garzón and

Zoë Keating ~ Snowmelt

Zoë Keating burst on the scene in the century’s first decade.  As a “one woman cello orchestra,” she had a distinctive sound and look, perfectly positioned to cross over.  But after her well-received 2010 album Into the Trees, her output stopped.  Save

Zoë Keating ~ Snowmelt

Zoë Keating burst on the scene in the century’s first decade.  As a “one woman cello orchestra,” she had a distinctive sound and look, perfectly positioned to cross over.  But after her well-received 2010 album Into the Trees, her output stopped.  Save

Jane Antonia Cornish ~ Constellations

The title of Constellations, the new album from British composer Jane Antonia Cornish, is a fitting descriptor of the music. The five compositions exude a cosmic feeling, while Cornish’s structures and motifs reflect the human tendency to see patterns in

Jane Antonia Cornish ~ Constellations

The title of Constellations, the new album from British composer Jane Antonia Cornish, is a fitting descriptor of the music. The five compositions exude a cosmic feeling, while Cornish’s structures and motifs reflect the human tendency to see patterns in

Luke Howard ~ Open Heart Story

Is it possible to retain a sense of intimacy – even isolation – when backed by a 23-strong orchestra? Through his short yet prolific career, Luke Howard has distinguished his piano-based work amidst a sea of imitators by its variety

Luke Howard ~ Open Heart Story

Is it possible to retain a sense of intimacy – even isolation – when backed by a 23-strong orchestra? Through his short yet prolific career, Luke Howard has distinguished his piano-based work amidst a sea of imitators by its variety