Category Archives: Modern Composition

Claire Deak and Tony Dupé ~ the old capital

The term “home orchestra” is well chosen, as over two dozen instruments are played by these two Australians over the course of the album.  Each track yields its own tone and conjures its own associations, but the whole holds together

Claire Deak and Tony Dupé ~ the old capital

The term “home orchestra” is well chosen, as over two dozen instruments are played by these two Australians over the course of the album.  Each track yields its own tone and conjures its own associations, but the whole holds together

Snowdrops ~ Volutes

Snowdrops combines the talents of Christine Ott on piano and Ondes Martenot, Mathieu Gabry on piano and mellotron, and Anne-Irène Kempf on viola.  Volutes is music for a thoughtful season: subtle rather than overt, reflective rather than reactive. We’ll begin with

Snowdrops ~ Volutes

Snowdrops combines the talents of Christine Ott on piano and Ondes Martenot, Mathieu Gabry on piano and mellotron, and Anne-Irène Kempf on viola.  Volutes is music for a thoughtful season: subtle rather than overt, reflective rather than reactive. We’ll begin with

Charles Spearin & Josefin Runsteen ~ Thank God the Plague Is Over

Imagine waking up to this headline: Thank God the Plague Is Over.  What a joy that would be!  This was the sentiment in the mid-1300s after the Black Plague had passed, having left as many as 200 million dead in its

Charles Spearin & Josefin Runsteen ~ Thank God the Plague Is Over

Imagine waking up to this headline: Thank God the Plague Is Over.  What a joy that would be!  This was the sentiment in the mid-1300s after the Black Plague had passed, having left as many as 200 million dead in its

V/A ~ Summer Single Series

Summer is drawing to a close.  We can feel it in the air, and see it in the forecast as temperatures continue to drop and the sun sets earlier each day.  Australia, we’re jealous.  Over the course of the summer, Moderna

V/A ~ Summer Single Series

Summer is drawing to a close.  We can feel it in the air, and see it in the forecast as temperatures continue to drop and the sun sets earlier each day.  Australia, we’re jealous.  Over the course of the summer, Moderna

Sebastian Mullaert with musicians of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich ~ Natthall

Astute readers may have been wondering whatever happened to this album, which we called “one of the season’s sweetest surprises” back in March.  Originally slated for release on April 3, the album became a victim of the pandemic and was

Sebastian Mullaert with musicians of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich ~ Natthall

Astute readers may have been wondering whatever happened to this album, which we called “one of the season’s sweetest surprises” back in March.  Originally slated for release on April 3, the album became a victim of the pandemic and was

BOW ~ S/T

If you’ve heard Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Echo Collective, Jóhann Jóhannsson, or Christina Vantzou, you’ve likely heard members of BOW.  This string quintet may be new, but the participants are no strangers to collaboration.  Their debut

BOW ~ S/T

If you’ve heard Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Echo Collective, Jóhann Jóhannsson, or Christina Vantzou, you’ve likely heard members of BOW.  This string quintet may be new, but the participants are no strangers to collaboration.  Their debut

Fall Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

Seasons produce a synaesthetic feel.  Post-rock and electronic are perfect for summer driving, because one can hear the music with the windows down.  Subtle ambience reflects the bloom of spring.  Drone matches the darker months, and modern composition fits the

Fall Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

Seasons produce a synaesthetic feel.  Post-rock and electronic are perfect for summer driving, because one can hear the music with the windows down.  Subtle ambience reflects the bloom of spring.  Drone matches the darker months, and modern composition fits the

Spektral Quartet ~ Experiments in Living

We’ve traveled so deep into the digital age that we’ve almost forgotten the awe that can accompany a physical release.  The irony is that the musical portion of Experiments in Living is digital while the accoutrements are physical.  Unwrapping the box ~

Spektral Quartet ~ Experiments in Living

We’ve traveled so deep into the digital age that we’ve almost forgotten the awe that can accompany a physical release.  The irony is that the musical portion of Experiments in Living is digital while the accoutrements are physical.  Unwrapping the box ~