Category Archives: Modern Composition

Thomas William Hill ~ Grains of Space

Thomas William Hill won our hearts with his 2017 release Asylum for Eve.  His new album extends the romance.  By continuing to incorporate non-standard instruments (such as kalimba, Tibetan singing bowl, and metallophone), the artist deepens the route he established with Origamibiro,

Thomas William Hill ~ Grains of Space

Thomas William Hill won our hearts with his 2017 release Asylum for Eve.  His new album extends the romance.  By continuing to incorporate non-standard instruments (such as kalimba, Tibetan singing bowl, and metallophone), the artist deepens the route he established with Origamibiro,

Sontag Shogun ~ It Billows Up

As Sontag Shogun is a constantly evolving collective, it’s easy to forget that the three current members were once part of [The] Slowest Runner [In All the World].  During the last decade, the band has changed styles many times, but continues

Sontag Shogun ~ It Billows Up

As Sontag Shogun is a constantly evolving collective, it’s easy to forget that the three current members were once part of [The] Slowest Runner [In All the World].  During the last decade, the band has changed styles many times, but continues

Rayons ~ Sagrada Reset

Sagrada Reset began a series of novels, subsequently adapted into manga, anime and film, leading to this gorgeous TV soundtrack by Rayons (pianist and composer Masako Nakai, working with an 11-piece ensemble).  The plot is complex, but the simple version is that there exists

Rayons ~ Sagrada Reset

Sagrada Reset began a series of novels, subsequently adapted into manga, anime and film, leading to this gorgeous TV soundtrack by Rayons (pianist and composer Masako Nakai, working with an 11-piece ensemble).  The plot is complex, but the simple version is that there exists

Haythem Mahbouli ~ Catching Moments in Time

A Tunisian composer, living in Montreal, recording an album with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, released on a Japanese label ~ this is the essence of multiculturalism.  Such fluidity is a welcome sign in a world that seems to

Haythem Mahbouli ~ Catching Moments in Time

A Tunisian composer, living in Montreal, recording an album with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, released on a Japanese label ~ this is the essence of multiculturalism.  Such fluidity is a welcome sign in a world that seems to

Dustin Laurenzi ~ Snaketime: The Music of Moondog

True to the spirit of one of the most unique composers of the last century, Dustin Laurenzi and his collaborators have rerouted a few of Moondog’s most recognizable pieces away from the stories of the artworld and back towards jazz

Dustin Laurenzi ~ Snaketime: The Music of Moondog

True to the spirit of one of the most unique composers of the last century, Dustin Laurenzi and his collaborators have rerouted a few of Moondog’s most recognizable pieces away from the stories of the artworld and back towards jazz

Michel Banabila ~ Uprooted

On his latest album, Michel Banabila “uproots” concepts of the orchestra.  Marc Weidenbaum’s liner notes ask “What if ‘orchestral’ referred to what we heard, not how it was recorded?”  These tracks are indeed orchestral, but they have been plucked from their original

Michel Banabila ~ Uprooted

On his latest album, Michel Banabila “uproots” concepts of the orchestra.  Marc Weidenbaum’s liner notes ask “What if ‘orchestral’ referred to what we heard, not how it was recorded?”  These tracks are indeed orchestral, but they have been plucked from their original

Forgotten Bottom ~ Hostile Architecture

Just when we thought the world couldn’t get any crueler, someone invented pigeon spikes for the homeless.  The same sort of hostile architecture used to keep pigeons from roofs is also used to prevent homeless people from finding a place to rest.  Examples include

Forgotten Bottom ~ Hostile Architecture

Just when we thought the world couldn’t get any crueler, someone invented pigeon spikes for the homeless.  The same sort of hostile architecture used to keep pigeons from roofs is also used to prevent homeless people from finding a place to rest.  Examples include