Author Archives: laima1

Kile Smith–The Arc in the Sky

The contemporary chorale group The Crossing perform these unaccompanied pieces to texts by Robert Lax.

Fabian Muller–Tea for Two Cellos

Lovely cello duets with Chinese textures. Play!

Gabriel Prokofiev–Sax Concerto/Bass Drum Concerto

Fun, contemporary orchestral pieces for either sax (performed by Brandford Marsalis) or bass drum.  Play!

Terry Riley–Sun Rings

Kronos Quartet, Volti and recorded space sounds make up these pieces about life on earth,  the songs of the cosmos and human disruption. Liner notes excellent. Play!

Andrew Waggoner–Quantum Memoir

Contemporary works for orchestra and soloists–forceful, tense, abstract, not lyrical but not dissonant either. Play!


David Kadouch performs pieces by Dussek,  Beethoven, Chopin and Janacek amongst others, in pieces covering musical eras.

Dance–Through the Centuries

Per the title, works for piano from Baroque to modern era, some well-known.

David Liptak–Constellations

Beautiful, lilting or forceful works for either piano + percussion or solo piano–staccato, abstract. Nice!

Barry Mills–Summer Waves

For a mix of instruments (alto sax, voice, flute, clarinet, harp, guitar)–gracious, lyrical and modern. Play!

Kaleidoskop–Works for Contrabassoon

Beautiful tones from the contrabassoon, all modern/contemporary–play!

Keeril Makan–Dream Lightly

Gorgeous, quiet yet strong works evoking stillness. Excellent!

Afro Yaqui Music Collective–Mirror Butterfly

Spoken word/songs and music about indigenous populations, oppression, and the earth–jazz,  Latin American and Asian elements.

The Double Bass Encore!

From late Baroque to modern, a nice mix of pieces and transcriptions.

Chinese Fantasies

Modern and contemporary violin works by Chinese composers with lovely Asian elements. Play!

Artur Schnabel–Complete Works for Solo Piano

Early Modern solo piano with increasing abstraction over the years. Nice!

Music of the British Isles

Mostly Romantic, or early modern works for flute and piano. Nice!

Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues–Roots and Branches

Songs of Little Walter or pieces he made hits–funk, blues, soul + nice harmonica!

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers–Killing’ It Live

Rocking Roots Rock with some excellent guitar, originals and covers. Play!

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

This young man deserves to go far–excellent songs, playing, and passion–finger picking to hard rocking. Play, play, play!

Shemekia Copeland–America’s Child

A broad mix of styles, good stories, sung well, including politics, history and love. Play!

Nathalie Joachim–Fanm d’Ayiti

Haitian/American composer/flutist/vocalist with classical/electronic/folk melange works. Play!

Phoenix Arising

Contemporary works for saxophone and other instruments/orchestra. Mandat’s particularly interesting!

GuitarEVOL.3UTION + Orchestra

Modern/contemporary works for guitar and orchestra, somewhat intense but very interesting!


Contemporary clarinet works, meandering, lovely and varying. Play!

Maria Lithell Flyg–Collected Chamber Music

Lovely, quiet, ambient works for various instruments and combos by a Swedish composer. Excellent!