Author Archives: laima1

Aorta–Music for Piano & Electronics

Vicky Chow performs works by Andy Akiho and Daniel Wohl amongst others, ranging from quiet abstract to staccato. Play!

Crystal Mooncone–Listening Beam Five

With diverse instruments (bells, bike horns, digital insects and more) these are ambient, somewhat droning and eerie works, interesting!

Ralph Towner–My Foolish Heart

This is a gorgeous album by Towner, known for his elegant guitar work especially in the jazz world. Here, he seems more classical, perhaps because he’s using either classical or 12-string guitar. Play, play, play!

Komitas–Piano and Chamber Music

Mostly lilting and gracious works by an Armenian composer with folk elements. Play!

Russian Giants–Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Weinberg, Stravinsky

Great works for viola and piano, especially Weinberg’s! Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet  well-known.

Mieczyslav Weinberg–Chamber Symphonies

Beautiful, modern chamber symphonies, lyrical yet with tension. Play!

Debussy & Hosokawa–Point and Line

Pianist Momo Kodama performs these lovely abstract and impressionistic pieces. Play!

Honey Island Swamp Band

Described as “Bayou Americana” with organ, mandolin, horns, upbeat and sweet. Play!

Soul Scratch–Pushing Fire

So. Calif. soul band, horns forward, male lead singer. Play!

Elivin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

As the title suggests, these are fun, humorous pieces, a mix of covers originals, apt for today’s political climate. Play!

Mark Porkchop Holder–Let It Slide

Slide guitar, rockin’ blues, mostly originals, two covers. Play!

Devon Allman–Ride or Die

Guitarist/vocalist Allman (son of Gregg) with a mix of Southern Rock/Blues. Play!

Bright Circle–Schubert, Brahms & Del Tredici

Lovely pieces by Schubert, Brahms and one contemporary piece by Del Tredici.

Stories for Our Time–Music for Trumpet by Women Composers

Nice collection of contemporary pieces for trumpet and piano. Some lovely pieces here!

Ruth Lomon–Shadowing

Abstract, variable pieces for piano, strings, inspired by Native Americans and New Mexico. Play!

Alla Elana Cohen–Red Lilies of Bells

A mix of instrumental and voice, more tense and edgy than quiet, interesting!

Rachmaninoff–Complete Works & Transcriptions for Violin and Piano

Lush, Romantic pieces. Play!

Of Love of You

A mix of piano pieces with piano and voice, lots of American works.

Jeff Herriott–Stone Tapestry

Ambient, quiet and abstract pieces for percussion, some with flute. Play!

Reflections on Time and Mortality

Ranging from Romantic, Ne0-classical, Impressionistic and contemporary, quite a nice mix of piano pieces exploring the title ideas. Play!

The Lightning Fields–New Music for Trumpet and Piano

A collection of contemporary works, some really lovely pieces for trumpet! Play!

Flamethrower–New Music for Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Interactive Electroacoustics

As the title indicates, works for horns with additional computer effects–definitely abstract, eerie.

The Space Between Us

Akropolis Reed Quintet plays a collection of avant/abstract pieces the first two odd with voices yelling, babies giggling and then follows with some lyrical, beautiful pieces. Nice mix of sounds with the instrument combination! Play!

New Music from Bowling Green Vol. 7–The Voice of the Composer

Continuing series of contemporary, fairly intense and abstract works for orchestra. Varied in style and duration, with explanations by the composer interspersed.

Enrique Soro–Sinfonia Romantica

Robust orchestral works by a well-known Chilean composer. Modern romantic!