Glenn Kotche's Sketches of Time, Place and Quiet Virtuosity

Friday, February 26, 2016

On "Drumkit Quartets," Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche created a travel diary which doubles as a set of drum etudes, inspired and sonically colored by European and American cities.

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Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen Surge Forward with 'On the Nature of Thingness'

Monday, February 22, 2016

On the International Contemporary Ensemble's new album, Nathan Davis, Phyllis Chen and their ICE colleagues manage to be as satisfying to the intellect as they are exciting to the ear.

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From the Elemental to the Incalculable in Lisa Moore's 'The Stone People'

Monday, February 15, 2016

What all the pieces in Lisa Moore's latest album have in common is the use of simple, even elemental materials to gesture at something awe-inspiringly vast. Listen all week.

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Third Coast Percussion Offers Empathetic 'Steve Reich'

Monday, February 08, 2016

Third Coast Percussion’s ability to gently manipulate time, as heard on their new Steve Reich album, translates to a listening experience that is both buoyant and penetrating.

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Gabriel Kahane Mines Loss and Modern Life in 'The Fiction Issue'

Monday, February 01, 2016

On his new chamber music release, "The Fiction Issue," Gabriel Kahane focuses on building a sense of place with the scraps of modern life rather than the locations from which they came.

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Kati Agócs's High-Drama Setting of Love and Devotion

Monday, January 25, 2016

The latest in the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's composer portrait series focuses on Kati Agócs, a Boston-based, Canadian-born composer of Hungarian and American descent.

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Humor and Fiendish Difficulty in Spektral Quartet's 'Serious Business'

Monday, January 18, 2016

The works on "Serious Business," the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet's first recording for the audiophile Sono Luminus label, dare the listener to dismiss them as "cute" or "fun." 

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Kaija Saariaho's Unearthly Flute Music Shines on 'Let the Wind Speak'

Monday, January 11, 2016

"Let the Wind Speak" is as much an exploration of Kaija Saariaho’s flute writing as her long-time collaboration with soloist Camilla Hoitenga.

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Hans Abrahamsen's Grawemeyer Award-Winning 'Let Me Tell You'

Monday, January 04, 2016

"Let Me Tell You" was announced this fall as the winner of the 2016 Grawemeyer Award, the composing world's highest honor. The label Winter & Winter presents its premiere recording.

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'Tavener Conducts Tavener' Finds the Holy and Supernatural in the Human Voice

Monday, December 28, 2015

"Tavener Conducts Tavener" tours the listener through the late, legendary composer’s vast repertoire and reaffirms the human voice as our most transcendent instrument.

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Seattle Symphony's Headline-Grabbing, Multi-Layered Commitment to New Music

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Seattle Symphony has earned its share of headlines in the past few years, but the real story is the symphony's multi-layered commitment to new music. 

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Jóhann Jóhannsson's Relentless, Ritualistic 'Sicario' Soundtrack

Monday, December 14, 2015

Relying heavily, and successfully, on low brass, strings and heavy-boned percussion, "Sicario" establishes its bleak worldview early on and never lets go of the listener’s collar.

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Tigue Brings Joy and Ecstatic Dance with 'Peaks'

Monday, December 07, 2015

Percussion trio Tigue exemplifies the increasingly rare DIY aesthetic that was once Brooklyn's signature sound. Their "Peaks" is a product of community, and a really fun listen.

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Young People's Chorus of New York City Looks Ahead with 'Transient Glory III'

Monday, November 30, 2015

"Transient Glory III" offers a glimpse of what makes the Young People's Chorus of New York City such outstanding interpreters with music by Meredith Monk, John Corigliano and more.

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Shara Worden's 'You Us We All' Draws Upon Monteverdi and Beyoncé Alike

Monday, November 23, 2015

Billed as a contemporary baroque opera, Shara Worden's You Us We All draws upon everything from Monteverdi to pop as it explores a rite of passage to find meaning in the modern world.

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Dawn of Midi's Qasim Naqvi Offers a Sci-Fi Companion with 'Preamble'

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Preamble," the debut solo release from Dawn of Midi drummer Qasim Naqvi is a companion to a sci-fi film installation, but works powerfully as a stand-alone piece of art.

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Brian Eno's Electronic Classic in Acoustic Re-Imagining

Monday, November 09, 2015

Brian Eno first composed the electronic Discreet Music in 1975 after a car accident that put him in a full-body cast. Stream Toronto-based Contact ensemble's new recording all week.

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John Luther Adams and Wilco's Glenn Kotche in Epic, Percussive 'Ilimaq'

Monday, November 02, 2015

John Luther Adams's "Ilimaq" is an immersive musical journey for the listener, as well as a spectacular vehicle for a pivotal talent from the world of rock, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.

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Violist Melia Watras Spans Earthy and Luxurious Sounds in 'Ispirare'

Monday, October 26, 2015

If ass-kicking in classical music could be likened to that of late-80’s-to-early-90’s action heroes, Melia Watras is a Jean-Claude Van Damme of the viola. Stream "Ispirare" now.

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Avalon String Quartet Satisfies on Album of Golijov, Garrop, Debussy and Britten

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Avalon Quartet brings an elegant touch to works by Osvaldo Golijov, Stacy Garrop, Britten and Debussy on their new release. Listen to the full album all this week.

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