Monday, January 16, 2017
How can a site-specific opera – one in which audiences were shuttled around Los Angeles in limos, side-by side with performers – translate to the static medium of a recording?
Monday, January 09, 2017
Throughout his debut solo album, Kjartan Sveinsson - former Sigur Rós keyboardist - envelops the listener in the quiet majesty of ravishing string and vocal textures. Listen all week.
Monday, January 02, 2017
The flute/viola/harp trio known as Janus has emerged with a second full-length, Book of Memory, and it is a charmer. Listen all week.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Comprised of two percussionists and two keyboardists, Yarn/Wire is releasing a "Currents" album each year to give voice to the theatrical and the exploratory. Listen to volume 4 today.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Reviving the works of composer Julius Eastman – among those whom history have all but forgotten – feels especially important at this point in time. Listen to his epic "Femenine."
Monday, December 05, 2016
David Rakowski's latest music for piano and orchestra with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project displays an earnest loveliness, an eerie, novel beauty, and a serious wit. Listen all week.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Mantra Percussion pairs its live recording of Michael Gordon's breakthrough "Timber" at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon with a dozen new remixes by all-star electronic musicians.
Monday, November 21, 2016
"A O R T A," the latest solo album by Bang on a Can pianist Vicky Chow, features music by six composers with whom Chow has enjoyed longstanding collaborative relationships.
Monday, November 14, 2016
On "Dance Music," San Francisco's hard-rocking guitar/drum duo The Living Earth Show show once again that they're not afraid to take virtuosity and irreverence to refreshing extremes.
Monday, November 07, 2016
The minimalist construction of 'Chronology', the new electronic music album from Dawn of Midi's Qasim Naqvi, carries bated breath like being at the bottom of the ocean. Listen all week.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Carolina Eyck’s "Fantasias for Theremin and String Quartet" embraces the instrument’s eerie ability to embody the human voice and its seemingly interstellar range. Listen all week.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sensual, often melancholy, and expansive, Christopher Tignor's Along a Vanishing Plane is record for drawing the drapes and tucking into a pillowy sofa. Listen all week.
Monday, October 17, 2016
For "Bonjour," composer and contrabassist Florent Ghys bids adieu to his signature use of sampled speech and DIY solo overdubs, in favor of the sound of a rock band. Listen all week.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Composer Aleksandra Vrebalov’s "Sea Ranch Songs" with Kronos Quartet is rooted partially in atmospheric sonic vistas, and partially in mellow, colorful California minimalism.
Monday, October 03, 2016
Nadia Sirota and Nico Muhly have kept in touch since their days as students at Juilliard, and the latest manifestation of their creative connection is the album "Keep in Touch."
Monday, September 26, 2016
Mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider question the concept of genre, with convincing music by Björk, John Adams, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello. Listen all week.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Pianist Bruce Levingston recruits Ethan Hawke, Hollywood's Gen-X embodiment of Romanticism, for a guest turn on this two-disc survey of Philip Glass's piano music. Listen all week.
Friday, September 09, 2016
David T. Little’s opera "Dog Days," based on a story by Judy Budnitz, uses a bracing score to psychoanalyze a family’s degeneration in war-ravaged America. Listen this week only.
Monday, September 05, 2016
Bands of magical realism stripe "Ecstatic Music," as TAK Ensemble performs with the fearlessness that composer Taylor Brook’s music requires. Stream the album this week only.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Since his death in 1998, Matthew Shepard has been an enduring symbol of the L.G.B.T. rights movement. Composer Craig Hella Johnson pays tribute with his 'Considering Matthew Shepard.'