Opera Company Trades Limo Seats for Earbuds with 'Hopscotch' Disc

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?

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Kjartan Sveinsson's 'Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen'

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.

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Janus Trio's 'Book of Memory'

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. 

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Yarn/Wire's 'Currents Vol. 4'

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.

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Julius Eastman's 'Femenine'

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." 

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The Delicious Wit of Composer David Rakowski

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.

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Listen: 12 All-Star Electronic Musicians Remix Michael Gordon's 'Timber'

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.

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Pianist Vicky Chow Cultivates Vast Arsenal of Sound in 'A O R T A'

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.

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The Living Earth Show Pushes New Music in Flamboyant New Direction

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.

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Dawn of Midi's Qasim Naqvi Goes Deep with 'Chronology'

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.

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Carolina Eyck's Theremin Mines New Expressive Possibilities

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.

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Listen: Christopher Tignor Mesmerizes with 'Along a Vanishing Plane'

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.

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Florent Ghys and Bonjour Rock Out with High-Energy Debut

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. 

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Aleksandra Vrebalov Reshapes California Minimalism with Kronos Quartet

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.

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Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota Stay Connected in Powerful 'Keep in Touch'

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."

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From Björk to Costello with Anne Sophie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider

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. 

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Ethan Hawke Cameos in Pianist Bruce Levingston's Philip Glass Survey

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.

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David T. Little Sets Dystopian Excess with Opera 'Dog Days'

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.

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TAK Ensemble Conjures Magical Realism in Taylor Brook's 'Ecstatic Music'

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.

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'Considering Matthew Shepard' an Ode to Inclusivity and Compassion

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.'

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