Seth Colter Walls

Seth Colter Walls is a freelance writer whose arts reporting and criticism have appeared in Newsweek, the Village Voice, the Washington Post, and The Awl. Previously, he worked as a writer and editor at The Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon, and as a reporter in The Huffington Post's DC bureau. He is a graduate of NYU and Columbia University. Follow Seth on Twitter at @sethcolterwalls.

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Ken Thomson Spins Invention and Prankster-ish Glee in 'Thaw'

Monday, November 25, 2013

Reedist and composer Ken Thomson's first album – titled "Thaw" and performed by the JACK Quartet – stands as his new career highlight. Stream the album in full all this week.

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John Luther Adams's Glorious Outdoor Hymn Gets Studio Treatment

Monday, October 21, 2013

The debut release of John Luther Adams's epic Inuksuit is a strong reading of a piece that otherwise precludes the very idea of a “benchmark” or reference recording. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Flutist Claire Chase Has Breath and Breadth in 'Density'

Monday, October 14, 2013

On her newest album, "Density," Claire Chase, flutist and director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, presents selections by Reich, Lucier, Balter, Varèse and more. Stream the album all this week. 

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James McVinnie's Dazzling 'Cycles' Showcases the Music of Nico Muhly

Monday, August 05, 2013

James McVinnie's debut on the Bedroom Community label offers up nearly an hour of new organ music from composer Nico Muhly that ranges from standalone prelude-stunners to a cycle of Anglican Common Prayer hymns. Stream it in full all this week.

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Caleb Burhans Delivers Melancholic Stillness with Punk-Rock Bravado

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Caleb Burhans clearly has a sense of purpose. As a founding member of various performer collectives like Alarm Will Sound and Newspeak – and with his contributions as a composer to several projects on the New Amsterdam and Cantaloupe labels – any casual observer might easily be able to identify the string-player/vocalist as an important part of the contemporary classical scene in New York.

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John Luther Adams Channels Nature's Savage Beauty

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

April 14, 2014, composer John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his most recent orchestral composition "Become Ocean." Listen to the composer introduce his music and join us today at 4 pm for an hour of celebration.

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Olivier Messiaen's Harawi in Breathless New Form

Monday, July 08, 2013

With pianist Jacob Greenberg’s mobility of attack complementing soprano Tony Arnold’s every step of the way, "Harawi" feels like one of the best new interpretations of Messiaen in years. Stream the entire album this week.

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Poul Ruders Tempers Dark Narratives with Scandinavian Cool

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Poul Ruders’s diverse body of compositions is tied together by his smooth absorption of many styles and modes. Read a full profile on the Danish composer, featured on this weekend's CONTACT! performance with The New York Philharmonic, and listen to him introduce his music.

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Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) Reimagines a New York Original

Monday, March 18, 2013

The big news, in indie-centric corners, will be that Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) is releasing a classical album. Yet even more noteworthy is the album's subject matter. Stream the entire album this week.

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Martin Bresnick's Playful Sound Spans the Blues to Goya

Monday, February 25, 2013

Given his Yale teaching post and the number of composers he has mentored there, Martin Bresnick may wind up being remembered as the Nadia Boulanger of the late 20th-century American scene: a rite of compositional passage embodied in a single instructor.

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Dan Visconti's Gloriously Unhurried Road-Trip

Monday, February 04, 2013

Lonesome Roads, the title track of 30-year old composer Dan Visconti's new album, gives the oft-separated styles of modernism and folk a reason to hang together. Stream the entire album on demand.

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The Complete Symphonies of Polish Icon Witold Lutosławski

Monday, January 14, 2013

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s affection for the modern composer Witold Lutosławski has long been evident. Now the Finnish conductor has recorded a complete set of the Polish icon's four symphonies. Stream them on demand this week only. 

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Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nordic Sounds Burn White Hot

Monday, January 14, 2013

Now that Elliott Carter has passed, we might well bestow the title of “world’s most impressive late-blooming composer” onto the shoulders of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read a full portrait of the Finnish composer-conductor and listen to him introduce many of his key works.

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The Long Overdue Reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'Expanding Universe'

Monday, November 26, 2012

Composer Laurie Spiegel had something like a career year in 2012, at least so far as attention goes. Stream for this week only the reissue of her classic 1980 album, "The Expanding Universe."

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San Francisco Symphony Refreshes 'American Mavericks' Franchise

Monday, November 12, 2012

If you thought the San Francisco Symphony's promotion of American "maverick" composers has gotten tiresome, this collection of Cowell, Varèse, Harrison and Cage may make you reconsider.

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The Rewarding and Unpredictable Music of Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Charles Ives wrote him a letter of recommendation to Harvard. He attended the New York premiere of The Rite of Spring. Decades later, Stravinsky himself would proclaim that he had written the first American masterpiece.

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Mystery and Scientific Exploration in Nordic Cello Concertos

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cellist Jakob Kullberg and the New Music Orchestra present cello concertos by Saariaho, Norgard and Nordheim.

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Behind the Perverse Pandemonium of HK Gruber

Monday, October 01, 2012

Heinz Karl Gruber (or HK Gruber, depending on your program) isn’t afraid of being called silly. One of the Austrian composer’s most notorious pieces, Frankenstein!! (yes, with two exclamation points), is formally described as a “pan-demonium,” and takes as its text some would-be Austrian children’s rhymes penned by an absurdist-minded pal of Gruber’s.

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Einstein on the Beach

Monday, September 10, 2012

This live 1984 recording of Glass's Einstein is nothing close to complete. However, it's a (smartly) edited 77-minute highlight reel from the opera, paired with a DVD of the documentary produced during the same run.

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Cornelius Dufallo: 'Journaling'

Monday, August 13, 2012

Seth Colter Walls reviews Cornelius Dufallo's release Journaling for Q2 Music. Stream the whole record in our online preview all week.

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