Category Archives: Modern Composition

Kaada ~ Closing Statements

If we were masters of our own fates, we might all have great exit lines.  We’d plan them years in advance, store them up and exhale them with our final breaths.  Yet in reality, most final words are more maudlin

Kaada ~ Closing Statements

If we were masters of our own fates, we might all have great exit lines.  We’d plan them years in advance, store them up and exhale them with our final breaths.  Yet in reality, most final words are more maudlin

Zura Zaj ~ Small Obstacles

On the surface, Small Obstacles is all about the sea: as the liner notes proclaim, The journey, the waves. The swell of the tide, the motion of drift.  The opening sound is midway between a breath and a shore.  We’ve been yearning

Zura Zaj ~ Small Obstacles

On the surface, Small Obstacles is all about the sea: as the liner notes proclaim, The journey, the waves. The swell of the tide, the motion of drift.  The opening sound is midway between a breath and a shore.  We’ve been yearning

Iannis Xenakis ~ Persepolis

The story and context of Iannis Xenakis’ Persepolis is not only quite interesting, it is perhaps the key to understand what it was meant to do. Commissioned for the 1971 Shiraz-Persepolis Arts Festival, an Iranian institution which lasted from 1967

Iannis Xenakis ~ Persepolis

The story and context of Iannis Xenakis’ Persepolis is not only quite interesting, it is perhaps the key to understand what it was meant to do. Commissioned for the 1971 Shiraz-Persepolis Arts Festival, an Iranian institution which lasted from 1967

Maciek Dobrowolski ~ Ephemera

Loss and gratitude mingle at the core of this gorgeous album, which was inspired by W.B. Yeats’ heartrending poem Ephemera.  On the surface, the poem bears the weight of fading love and the sorrow of age.  But read again, and

Maciek Dobrowolski ~ Ephemera

Loss and gratitude mingle at the core of this gorgeous album, which was inspired by W.B. Yeats’ heartrending poem Ephemera.  On the surface, the poem bears the weight of fading love and the sorrow of age.  But read again, and

Anders Lauge Meldgaard ~ At Synge Verden Ind I En Ny Og Mangefoldet Tid

A new label, a new collective and a new name for Copenhagen’s Anders Lauge Meldgaard, formerly known as Frisk Frugt (among others): as the EP title indicates, the composer is Singing The World Into A New And Manifold Time.  The music’s

Anders Lauge Meldgaard ~ At Synge Verden Ind I En Ny Og Mangefoldet Tid

A new label, a new collective and a new name for Copenhagen’s Anders Lauge Meldgaard, formerly known as Frisk Frugt (among others): as the EP title indicates, the composer is Singing The World Into A New And Manifold Time.  The music’s

Stefano Guzzetti ~ Short Stories. Piano Book Volume Two.

We like short stories.  We also like pianos, the color blue, origami vessels, and the fact that Stefano Guzzetti has dedicated this album to his sister Francesca, “a tiny paper ship.”  Over the past half decade, the artist has issued a series

Stefano Guzzetti ~ Short Stories. Piano Book Volume Two.

We like short stories.  We also like pianos, the color blue, origami vessels, and the fact that Stefano Guzzetti has dedicated this album to his sister Francesca, “a tiny paper ship.”  Over the past half decade, the artist has issued a series

Luton ~ Black Box Animals

The vantage points may change, but the views are the same: the inside looking out.  The cover portrays the mouth of a cave; the video, a train and tunnel.  As one gazes at the great expanse, one thinks of a

Luton ~ Black Box Animals

The vantage points may change, but the views are the same: the inside looking out.  The cover portrays the mouth of a cave; the video, a train and tunnel.  As one gazes at the great expanse, one thinks of a