Last April, composer Caroline Shaw became the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her Partita – an a cappella composition written for the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth. Drawing on Baroque dance forms, contemporary vocal music and the drawings of artist Sol LeWitt, the music illuminates a powerful new voice of independent and contemporary classical music.
Each Wednesday for eight weeks, New Amsterdam Records – the home of Roomful of Teeth's self-titled debut – is releasing a new remix of Partita from a luminary of New York's new-music scene. The remixes commemorate the label's five-year anniversary and appear exclusively on Q2 Music. Read more about the campaign and get access to downloads of each track at New Amsterdam's website.
Week 7: Violetness
Violetness is the stage name of Peruvian-American electronic musician Vanessa Upson. Colored with found sounds, tribal percussion and haunting, ethereal ambiance, her music draws freely from the art-rock sensibilities of Bjork and Massive Attack as well from as punk, noise rock and dance music. Upson has collaborated with Son Lux and Moon Boots; her debut solo release – "Last Night In My Dreams" – was released last February.
Week 6: No Lands
No Lands is the electronic project of Brooklyn-based sound artist and composer Michael Hammond, whose music has been performed by members of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, electronic duo Matmos, and So Percussion. He's also contributed sound design to projects by yMusic, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and on composer Sarah Kirkland Snider's recent song cycles Penelope and Unremembered. No Lands' debut album, a collection of electro-noir songs, will be released by New Amsterdam Records in 2014.
Week 5: Olga Bell
Composer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Olga Bell has collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov, Philip Glass, the Julliard String Quartet and rap group Das Racist. She's also released several singles and EPs as a solo artist, as well as the 2011 LP "Diamonite." Bell currently performs with the art-rock ensemble Dirty Projectors and with composer/producer Tom Vek as half of the dance-rock duo Nothankyou.
Week 4: Morgan Packard
Composer, programmer and multimedia artist Morgan Packard uses technology as raw material for creative expression. Drawing from club music, American minimalism and electronic pioneers Paul Lansky and Herbert Henke, Packard's sounds are largely generated by software he's built himself. He also co-designed interactive software applications Mesa Sequencer and Thicket – the latter which he uses as a platform for distributing his own music.
Week 3: Aaron Roche
The music of Aaron Roche colors hushed, introspective Americana-steeped songwriting with elements of contemporary classical music, retro-rock and avant garde noise. He's been featured on releases alongside Sufjan Stevens and Lucky Dragons and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Mike Watt and Flux Quartet. For his remix of Partita, Roche layered numerous recordings of Shaw's original composition as projected through speakers in Manhattan's Clocktower Gallery in order to capture the building's resonant frequencies – the "sound of the room."
Week 2: Daniel Wohl
Paris born, New York–based composer Daniel Wohl writes music that exists at the intersection of contemporary chamber and modern electronic music. He’s collaborated with So Percussion, eighth blackbird and the Calder Quartet and was a featured performer in this year’s Ecstatic Music Festival. Wohl's latest release, "Corps Exquis," included performances from ensemble TRANSIT and experimental singer-songwriter Julia Holter.
Week 1: Lorna Dune
Pianist-composer Lorna Dune Krier is a founding member of numerous chamber ensembles around New York City, including the Missy Mazzoli-helmed ambient chamber ensemble Victoire. She has also performed with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and as a solo artist under the moniker Lorna Dune. Her EP "Miamisphere" was released in October.