Monthly Archives: March 2020
Robot Koch–The Next Billion Years
Ambient, electronic/techno + strings/drums/winds. Excellent!
Works by Kancheli, Altunyan and Tsintsadze, demonstrating “simple piano” pieces, some with cello. Play!
Barry Mills–Vol. 6 Interbeing
Intentionally lyrical, rhythmically varying pieces for a variety of instruments, some voice. Lovely!
London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble performs a variety of works/transcriptions by Reich, Corea, Simcock and others. Play!
Beyond the Horizon–New Music for Lever Harp
Lovely originals and transcriptions, all modern/contemporary. Play!
All contemporary works for viola with the violist singing/ talking or other vocal sounds, some almost sound Baroque. Interesting!
A variety of solo horn works/transcriptions, many first recordings of these modern works. Excellent!
Music for Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon
Modern works for wind trio, varying. Nice!
Sankofa–A Spiritual Reflection
Negro spirituals performed by bass baritone (Oral Moses). Beautiful!
Philip Glass–Violin Concerto No. 2 and Violin Sonata
With his signature repetition, the Violin Concerto No. 2 “American Four Seasons” is lyrical and mostly slow, (with orchestra), the Violin Sonata is much faster (with piano). Play!
Mostly recognizable works for violin or transcribed for violin, and orchestra, showing the violin as a singing instrument–Baroque to contemporary.
Comparing and contrasting works for solo piano, demonstrating that while composers seek to create new music, they also look to the past. Play!
Shih-Hui Chen–Silvergrass & Other Orchestral Works
Contemporary works for Chinese traditional instruments with orchestra–rhythmically varying. Nice!
Napoleonian Guitar Sonatas
Early 1800’s guitar works, elegant, Romantic, some with violin. Play!
Heavy Weather–Wind Concertos
Varying, contemporary works for winds, featuring, saxophone (nice!) or other brass. Play!
Beautiful vibraphone and percussion pieces, ambient, flowing. Play!
Jackson Greenberg–First Light
Two pieces, the first one ambient and flowing for orchestra, the second for voice, in German, telling the poem of the Panther by Rainer Rilke.
James Hunter Six – Change Your Mind (Single)
James Hunter, known for his Motown sound and voice full of soul, keeps the 60s sound coming with his newest single, “Change Your Mind.” Featuring harmonious background vocals, funky percussion, and a bold and beautiful horn section all tied together by a solid bassline, this song will leaves you no choice but to dance the […]
Second Hand Mojo – After Midnight
In their first EP, Detroit-based band Second Hand Mojo brings the classic rock sound back into the limelight. The album features raspy vocals, strong lead guitars, and everything from rock and roll anthems to bluesy ballads, and even a few slower, acoustic songs for when you need a good cry. Play! TRY: 1, 2, 4 […]
Kingfish Ingram – Empty Promises (Single)
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram honors the classic, melancholy blues groove while adding in a more modern touch with his latest single “Empty Promises.” The ballad features heartbroken vocals and powerful guitar with the echoes of a horn section that add depth to the chorus. The song is full of soul- play if you’re feeling the blues […]
Wolfgang Muthspiel–Angular Blues
For guitar, double bass and drums, mostly abstract, smooth jazz with 2 works vaguely classical. Play!
Ludovico Eindaudi–Seven Days Walking
Beautiful, minimalist works for piano, some cello, inspired by seven days walking in the mountains. Seven versions of each. Play!
Pantha du Prince–Conference of Trees
Henrik Weber, primary composer of Pantha du Prince, with works for electronics and percussion, variable styles ranging from minimalist to classical. Play!
Pedro Farias Gomes–Chamber Works
Contemporary works for wind and strings. Interesting rhythmic changes! Play most!
Henri Pousseur–Works for Flute
Mostly abstract, lyrical pieces for 1-3 flutes, except 2 works with electronics that are not so lyrical. Play most!