Category Archives: Modern Composition

Iceland Symphony Orchestra ~ Occurrence

Occurrence is the conclusion of a masterful trilogy that began with 2017’s Recurrence and continued with 2019’s Concurrence.  All three are published by Sono Luminus, who has captured lightning in a bottle with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.  Over the past two decades, Daniel Bjarnason

Iceland Symphony Orchestra ~ Occurrence

Occurrence is the conclusion of a masterful trilogy that began with 2017’s Recurrence and continued with 2019’s Concurrence.  All three are published by Sono Luminus, who has captured lightning in a bottle with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.  Over the past two decades, Daniel Bjarnason

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

What does winter sound like?  From solo piano to orchestra, the artists in our Modern Composition category turn color into music and vice versa.  The natural heirs to Satie, Debussy, Beethoven and more, these contemporary composers are always seeking new

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

What does winter sound like?  From solo piano to orchestra, the artists in our Modern Composition category turn color into music and vice versa.  The natural heirs to Satie, Debussy, Beethoven and more, these contemporary composers are always seeking new

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Modern composition is arguably the most upscale of our categories, and often includes music composed for film, dance and theatre.  The genre lends itself well to conceptual projects and is strong enough to incorporate a great deal of experimentalism without

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Modern composition is arguably the most upscale of our categories, and often includes music composed for film, dance and theatre.  The genre lends itself well to conceptual projects and is strong enough to incorporate a great deal of experimentalism without

Sarah Hennies ~ The Reinvention of Romance

The word “Romance” usually makes us think of grand emotional displays, of an intense and powerful relationship to another, a sublime trip towards the heart of the sun. It is the motif of millions of songs both happy and sad,

Sarah Hennies ~ The Reinvention of Romance

The word “Romance” usually makes us think of grand emotional displays, of an intense and powerful relationship to another, a sublime trip towards the heart of the sun. It is the motif of millions of songs both happy and sad,

Preserved Sound Artists ~ Invisible

Long-distance collaborations have always existed, although the internet launched a new era via shared files.  In the time of COVID, forced distancing has been a burden, while the ability to collaborate has been a boon.  The virus is invisible, but

Preserved Sound Artists ~ Invisible

Long-distance collaborations have always existed, although the internet launched a new era via shared files.  In the time of COVID, forced distancing has been a burden, while the ability to collaborate has been a boon.  The virus is invisible, but

Angèle David-Guillou ~ A Question of Angles

Norman Records calls Angèle David-Guillou an “undervalued talent,” so we’re going on record to proclaim that we value her talent immensely ~ even more given A Question of Angles, a sensational set launching the artist’s music into new territories. The album’s mainstream

Angèle David-Guillou ~ A Question of Angles

Norman Records calls Angèle David-Guillou an “undervalued talent,” so we’re going on record to proclaim that we value her talent immensely ~ even more given A Question of Angles, a sensational set launching the artist’s music into new territories. The album’s mainstream

Phoria ~ Caught a Black Rabbit

From 2010-16, Phoria released a handful of electronically-minded, lyric-based EPs and one LP, then went quiet for four years, only to emerge as a modern composition ensemble.  Whenever a band switches from the vocal to the instrumental, we feel like they’ve been

Phoria ~ Caught a Black Rabbit

From 2010-16, Phoria released a handful of electronically-minded, lyric-based EPs and one LP, then went quiet for four years, only to emerge as a modern composition ensemble.  Whenever a band switches from the vocal to the instrumental, we feel like they’ve been

Rael Jones ~ Mother Echo

Losing a parent is traumatic, but remembering a parent can be therapeutic, as proven by Rael Jones on Mother Echo.  The album is a heartfelt tribute to the composer’s mother, released on the fifth anniversary of her death.  Piano and string quartet combine

Rael Jones ~ Mother Echo

Losing a parent is traumatic, but remembering a parent can be therapeutic, as proven by Rael Jones on Mother Echo.  The album is a heartfelt tribute to the composer’s mother, released on the fifth anniversary of her death.  Piano and string quartet combine