Profound Simplicity with Caleb Burhans

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Over the course of the last decade, composer and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans has become a truly ubiquitous presence in the New York new-music scene. A member of Alarm Will Sound, ACME, Newspeak, Wordless Music Orchestra and ambient duo itsnotyouitsme, Burhans performs on violin, viola, guitar, piano and as a countertenor. He's composed for Roomful of Teeth, American Contemporary Music Ensemble and Cadillac Moon Ensemble, among many others. "Evensong," Burhans's debut album as lead composer (and the first to bear solely his name) will be released at the end of this month.

Caleb Burhans writes the following of his Mixtape:

I've always loved simple music that can draw a listener in from it's onset.  That's not to say that i don't like music that takes time to process, but there's something special about a piece or a song that has nothing to prove other than being honest with itself and it's intent.

It just so happens that a lot of these direct, honest tunes are pretty heavy, usually conjuring a sense of loss and the idea of hope, whether embracing or abandoning it.

The tracks I chose for my mixtape are pieces that have had a profound influence on both my personal life and my experience as a composer.


Colleen - Everything Lay Still
A Silver Mt. Zion - 13 Angels Standing Guard Round the Side of Your Bed
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Fordlândia
Skuli Sverrisson - Her Looking Back
Max Richter - On The Nature of Daylight
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Sleep