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  • richardmitnick 5:12 PM on April 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baljinder Sekhon - Places and Times, Experimental new classical, Innova Recordings,   

    From INNOVA: “Baljinder Sekhon – Places and Times” 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

    Innova is the recording arm of American Composers Forum, St Paul Mn.

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    Mapping the interior terrain
    Composers: Baljinder Sekhon
    Performers:
    Dave Gerhart
    Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
    Dieter Hennings
    McCormick Percussion Group
    Robert McCormick
    Eunmi Ko
    Line Upon Line Percussion

    Catalog Number: #988
    Genre: experimental new classical
    Collection: percussion

    Release Date:
    Apr 27, 2018

    1. Passageways 9:31

    Dave Gerhart, steel pan soloist

    Los Angeles Percussion Quartet: Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, Cory Hills, Nick Terry

    with guest performer David Johnson

    2. Musica Casera 12:14

    Dieter Hennings, guitar soloist

    McCormick Percussion Group; Robert McCormick, director

    Percussionists: Michael Carp, Daniel Dau, Sherry Donataccio, Sean Hamilton, Christopher Herman, Kevin von Kampen, Kyle Kinsey

    Death Is an Adviser

    Eunmi Ko, piano soloist

    McCormick Percussion Group; Robert McCormick, director

    Percussionists: Rod Alnord, Karlyn Barbur, William Brown, Nicholas Faivre,

    Michael Giunta, Anandpall Rehsi, Nicolas Remy, David Ruth, Michael Skillern

    3. I. any time. any place. 2:24

    4. II. maybe today. maybe tomorrow 3:28

    5. III. touched. not felt. 2:55

    6. IV. a worthy opponent. 2:27

    7. V. now or later. 3:31

    8. VI. dream come true. 5:55

    9. Sun 9:30

    line upon line percussion: Adam Bedell, Cullen Faulk, Matthew Teodori

    10. Refuge 8:50

    McCormick Percussion Group; Robert McCormick, director

    Percussionists: Tyler Carr, Michael Garcia, Nick Gigante, Sean Hamilton,

    Nicolas Remy, Daniel Rodriguez, Kyle Spence

    —60:47—

    This is no ordinary album of percussion ensemble music. These compositions explore a wide spectrum of possibilities offered by the percussion family, from the aggressive noise of a cymbal on piano strings, and peaceful meditations created by finger cymbals gently buzzing on a vibraphone, to the curious thump of a person falling onto a bass drum. These intricately beautiful sounds enhance the featured instruments — steel drum, piano, and guitar — in three of these works. This expansive sonic palette of sounds gives plenty of space for the listener to explore emotional nooks and crannies along this journey inspired by a deep exploration of the potential for any sound, at any time and place, to be music. I am grateful for the extraordinary talents of the amazing Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, line upon line percussion, and the McCormick Percussion Group.

    — Baljinder Sekhon, Jan. 2018

    Passageways is scored for solo steel pan and percussion ensemble. In this work, each section is a process-oriented progression of rhythm, pitch, and timbre. The segments of this work can be heard as a string of transitions where each section leads to the next. In essence, this work is a collection of passageways that lead to seemingly static states of being that quickly develop a pattern and momentum that generates the next event.

    Passageways was made possible by a consortium commission organized by Dave Gerhart. The world premiere of this work was presented on March 28, 2015 by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble and soloist Dave Gerhart at the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, IL.

    Scored for classical guitar and seven pitched percussion instruments, Musica Casera explores the timbral boundaries between guitar and keyboard percussion. Through the use of harmonics, bowed percussion, pitch bending, natural resonance, percussive striking, and fast strumming passages, this work highlights the similarities between these instruments. The title translates to “Homemade Music” and refers to the compositional process of experimenting with musical ingredients. While the guitar is a solo voice throughout the work, the entire ensemble contributes equally to a single sonic experience full of color and motivic development.

    Death Is an Adviser is scored for solo piano and nine percussionists. This work is a continuation of two of my compositional interests: it is the eighth work in a series of pieces for solo instrument with percussion, and the third in a series of works modeled after the shamanistic philosophies described by anthropologist Carlos Castaneda in his writings about being an apprentice to the sorcerer Don Juan Matus in the 1960s.

    I have been heavily influenced by the teachings of Don Juan, specifically those found in the book Journey to Ixtlan. Death Is an Adviser is a chapter from the book that deals with the awareness of death and how such awareness advises our decision-making in life. The movement titles each have double meanings, which reflect both the philosophy that inspired the piece and the compositional process. I am interested in finding ways for my creative work as a composer and other life activities to intersect and become the same. For this piece, in an effort to work and spend time with my family at once, my daughters and wife drew numbers from a hat to determine pitch orderings, durations, and contour. After selecting numbers for pitch and duration, and combining them, we’d run to the piano to play it and hear how it turned out – we made a game out of it. While I believe the relationship between the movement titles and the philosophy of Death Is an Advisor is obvious, here is a summary of how they relate to the compositional process.

    I. any time. any place. – This movement uses a series of pitches and durations with a randomly selected ordering. The events in this movement could occur at any time, depending on the duration selected, and any place (in pitch space), depending on the pitch class selected. Although the score is fixed, the compositional process was dependent on an open process that could have yielded any number of pitch/duration combinations.

    II. maybe today. maybe tomorrow. – This movement works in cycles that I conceived of as days passing. The movements alternates between fast knocking sounds from the piano and improvisatory musical developments. Either of these alternating segments could be interpreted as day or night, dreaming or living. The pitches are derived from a cycle of hexachords from a serial matrix and a corresponding magic square matrix.

    III. touched. not felt. – This movement includes the depression of piano keys in such a way that the hammers don’t touch the strings. In these moments the pianist touches the keys but the felt does not touch the strings. Instead, a clave is used to excite the touched strings. While composing this work, I was thinking about Don Juan’s description of death always lurking to your left.

    IV. a worthy opponent. – This movement title is actually a different chapter title from Journey to Ixtlan. In essence, the philosophy of “A Worthy Opponent” deals with conquering your own obstacles and competing with yourself. The pitches and rhythms in this work abstractly exist in two related pitch networks that work together in an effort to find harmony and balance. They fail to do so.

    V. now or later. – This movement explores a fleeting harmonic and timbral language, through the use of a constantly transforming harmonic sequence and bending of pitches. The sequence is designed to obscure any sense of tonal cadence. The resting point could come at any moment or it could come later. The pitch bending, which is another unsettling component of the movement, is explored through a triangle being used to bend pitches in the piano, and extended bending techniques in the vibraphone, marimba, timpani, and a porcelain bowl.

    VI. dream come true. – This final movement is ritualistic, conceived of as a funeral, and includes segments of the previous five movements. In addition to these segments, this work presents a large-scale pitch design that governs the entire piece. This is most clearly demonstrated in a unison section where everyone performs homorhythmic music and, like a memory, experiences the previous movements in brief recapitulated passages.

    In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions. — Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan.

    Scored for three percussionists, Sun explores a variety of musical energies. From tired phrases to extended climactic passages to short-lived bursts of sound, many segments of music are intertwined and overlaid in a way that creates a singular event with various “flares” of sound on its surface. These segments are often separated by silent moments that, because of their context, each express a different type of energy.

    The instrumentation of the individual percussion parts are very similar; that is, each percussionist has one keyboard instrument, “skin” (containing a drum head), wood, and metal. In addition, all of the percussionists share one large cymbal that is central to the staging. At times the three percussion parts are treated as one large instrument with three performers working towards one musical character. This orchestration and interaction alternates with each performer executing their own layers of sound to create a heterophonic texture. The percussionists use a multitude of techniques to create a palette of nuanced sounds. In addition to common performance practices, they use their hands, fingers, knuckles, and fingernails to muffle, modify, and create a large spectrum of characteristics.

    Refuge n. – any place person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or relief.

    Scored for seven percussionists, Refuge is a musical escape that employs a variety of pitched and non-pitched instruments. Each percussionist plays a pitched bell, a keyboard instrument, and a variety of skins and accessories. The seven bells create a seven-note pitch series that informs the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic material throughout the work. With an option of entering the performance space while carrying and playing the bell instruments, the percussionists hang their bells one at a time as they begin performing at their respective setups. This is a process-oriented work in three sections, with the most discernible processes taking place during the introduction. With one bell each, the percussionists collectively perform a seven-note motive, with a modular rotation of pitch orderings, until the pattern returns to the original ordering. At that time, one pitch is left out and a similar pattern takes place again. This continues until only one pitched bell remains (Ab). The pitch orderings that result from the patterns during the introduction generate all of the harmonic and melodic material used for the main three sections of the piece.

    Throughout history, composers have created musical situations that express an ideal world or scenario that could serve as an escape from the rigors and complications of reality. Through discourse, music is often referred to as a magical art with the power to temporarily transport a listener. In an effort to confront and organize a chaotic view of life, my recent output is focused on creating works that mimic, or are modeled after, the imperfections of life. Refuge is a work that attempts to address both of these interests and concepts in a single piece. This piece is an organization of a disorderly environment of noise and resonate sounds, with the aim of placing them on a spectrum that makes sense of an otherwise littered environment. Rather than escaping life, as a composer or listener, by creating a fictional musical experience, my goals here are to make sense of life through composing. Through thoughtful organization, I am seeking refuge in the very conditions that cause distress.

    The music of Baljinder Sekhon has been presented in over 500 concerts in twenty countries. From works for large ensemble to solo works to electronic music, Sekhon’s demonstrate a wide range of interests and styles. Sekhon’s compositions for saxophone and percussion instruments are widely recognized as pioneering works in those genres with numerous presentations, CD recordings, critical reviews, and guest lecture appearances.

    Sekhon serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of South Florida where he received a 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher award, and he holds the PhD and MA from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY).

    Los Angeles Percussion Quartet: http://lapq.org

    line upon line percussion: http://lineuponlinepercussion.org

    McCormick Percussion Group: http://mccormickpercussiongroup.com

    Credits:

    Produced by Baljinder Sekhon

    Mastered by Greg Reierson at Rare Form

    Symbol drawings for each work: Teresa Sekhon

    Photo: Gerry Szymanski

    Passageways

    John Baffa, engineer

    Ian Stahl, assistant

    Recorded at Chapman University, Orange, CA

    Edited and Mixed at TvTray Studio, Ventura, CA, July 2016

    Musica Casera

    John Zumwalt Stephan, engineer

    Recorded, Edited, and Mixed at Springs Theatre, Tampa, FL, March 2014

    Death Is An Adviser

    John Zumwalt Stephan, engineer

    Recorded, Edited, and Mixed at Springs Theatre, Tampa, FL, April 2017

    Sun

    Paul Coleman, engineer

    Edited and mixed by Paul Coleman in Rochester, NY

    Recorded in Caldwell-Carvey Foyer at Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, June 2016

    Refuge

    John Zumwalt Stephan, engineer

    Recorded, edited, and mixed at Springs Theatre, Tampa, FL, November 2014

    This work was supported, in part, by the University of South Florida Research & Innovation Internal Awards Program under Grant No. 0085192.

    This album is dedicated to Teresa, Izabel, and Skyler, with love.

    Innova is supported by an endowment from the McKnight Foundation.

    Philip Blackburn, director, design

    Chris Campbell, operations director

    Tim Igel, publicist

    http://innova.mu

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  • richardmitnick 12:29 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Innova : New Music 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

    Innova is the recording arm of American Composers Forum, St Paul Mn.

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    Robert Gibson, Flux and Fire
    Robert Gibson: Twelve Poems: I. Aura
    Composers:
    Robert Gibson
    Performers:
    James Stern, Audrey Andrist, Robert Oppelt, Richard Barber, Jeffrey Weisner, Ali Kian Yazdanfar, Eric Kutz, Aeolus Quartet,Katherine Murdock

    Catalog Number: #993
    Genre: new classical
    Collection: chamber, violin, viola, double bass, cello, string quartet

    Release Date:
    Jul 27, 2018

    Liner Notes:
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  • richardmitnick 4:23 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Collection: improvisation, Genre: Jazz, Graham Haynes, Innova Recordings, , , Jennifer Choi, , , , , Night Wave, , Susie Ibarra, , , , Yuko Fujiyama   

    From Innova: “OUT NOW! Night Wave: Pianist/composer/improviser Yuko Fujiyama with Susie Ibarra , Jennifer Choi, and Graham Haynes” 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

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    Yuko Fujiyama
    Night Wave
    Yuko Fujiyama: Woven Colors
    Description:
    That moment on a sidewalk
    Composers:
    Yuko Fujiyama
    Performers:
    Jennifer Choi
    Susie Ibarra
    Graham Haynes
    Yuko Fujiyama

    Catalog Number: #995
    Genre: Jazz
    Collection: improvisation

    Release Date:
    Mar 23, 2018

    1.Woven Colors 03:18
    2.Up Tempo 09:37
    3.Romance 01:49
    4.Clash 00:59
    5.Premonition 03:09
    6.Indignation 03:01
    7.Fireworks 01:17
    8.Beyond the Sound 06:41
    9.Waltz of the Shadows 01:11
    10.Autumn Whispers 02:53
    11.Floating on a Breeze 02:19
    12.Leap 01:59
    13.Starlight 01:14
    14.Night Wave 07:57
    15.Tale of the Old Tree 02:55

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  • richardmitnick 2:07 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Innova Recordings, , , , , , , Places and Times BY Baljinder Sekhon, , The Walbrzych Project BY David Kechley, , ,   

    From INNOVA: “Two new releases in April” 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

    Innova is the recording arm of American Composers Forum, St Paul Mn.

    http://www.innova.mu/
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    Composer and percussionist Baljinder Sekhon, brings forth his exuberant and ear catching pieces for percussion ensemble on Places and Times. David Kechley’s The Walbrzych Project consists of two orchestral works, brought to life in the Polish town bearing the same name, that are influnenced by everything from a classroom in Japan, to Shakespeare, to the Old Testament, to Proust. All combined, these influences are reflected by the expansive pieces on this album.

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    Places and Times BY Baljinder Sekhon
    RELEASE 27 April 2018

    Places & Times is a collection of sonorous landmarks and magical moments; percussion ensemble works that are as compelling as they are mysterious. It is also a record of some of the ways in which life and art might share a journey. Composer and percussionist Baljinder Sekhon, with a doctorate from Eastman and currently teaching at the University of South Florida, has brought together three fine percussion ensembles to present his exhilarating vision: Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, McCormick Percussion Group, and Line Upon Line Percussion.

    Three of the works on the album feature solo instruments with ensemble: steel pan (Dave Gerhart), guitar (Dieter Hennings), and piano (Eunmi Ko). The combinations afford a wide range of possibilities, from the aggressive noise of a cymbal on piano strings, and peaceful meditations created by finger cymbals gently buzzing on a vibraphone, to the curious thump of a person falling onto a bass drum.

    Death Is an Adviser is one of a series of works modeled after the shamanistic philosophies described by anthropologist Carlos Castaneda in his writings about being an apprentice to the sorcerer Don Juan Matus in the 1960s.

    Sekhon writes: I have been heavily influenced by the teachings of Don Juan, specifically those found in the book Journey to Ixtlan. Death Is an Adviser is a chapter from the book that deals with the awareness of death and how such awareness advises our decision-making in life. The movement titles each have double meanings, which reflect both the philosophy that inspired the piece and the compositional process. I am interested in finding ways for my creative work as a composer and other life activities to intersect and become the same. For this piece, in an effort to work and spend time with my family at once, my daughters and wife drew numbers from a hat to determine pitch orderings, durations, and contour. After selecting numbers for pitch and duration, and combining them, we’d run to the piano to play it and hear how it turned out. We made a game out of it.

    Passageways 9:31
    Musica Casera 12:14
    I. any time. any place 2:24
    II. maybe today. maybe tomorrow 3:28
    III. touched. not felt 2:55
    IV a worthy opponent 2:27
    V now or later 3:31
    VI dream come true 5:55
    Sun 9:30
    Refuge 8:50

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    The Walbrzych Project BY David Kechley
    RELEASE 27 April 2018

    David Kechley’s latest album of orchestra music is a lot easier to listen to than pronounce. It draws from far flung parts of the world, and historical origins, and brings them into a grand compelling vision.

    The album features two large scale orchestra works recorded with dazzling clarity by the Sudeten Filharmonie in a small Polish town, Walbrzych (most recently in the news for supposedly being the subterranean hiding place of the infamous Nazi gold train).

    The first work, KARASUMA: A Fast Funk for Orchestra, started life as a classroom exercise at the Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto, Japan, where Kechley demonstrated how acoustic musical fragments could be combined in various ways by computer. The work was so successful it was expanded and premiered by the Boston Pops in 1993.

    The other major work on the album is a symphony exploring various aspects of dreams, WAKEFUL VISIONS / MOONLESS DREAMS. Each of the four movements is associated with literary references; from the Old Testament, a haiku by Buson, the Witches’ scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and musings on remembrance by Marcel Proust.

    David Kechley recently retired from teaching at Williams College, Massachussetts. Taken as a whole this is a record of an expansive imagination and an intercontinental achievement.

    Karasuma_ A Fast Funk for Orchestra 8:11
    Wakeful Visions _ Moonless Dreams_ Notari … 10:21
    Wakeful Visions _ Moonless Dreams_ Whirlwind 6:37
    Wakeful Visions _ Moonless Dreams_ Somethi… 8:36
    Wakeful Visions _ Moonless Dreams_ Moments 9:45

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  • richardmitnick 5:48 PM on March 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Choral, , Innova Recordings, , , The Crossing,   

    From INNOVA: The Crossing 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

    Innova is the recording arm of American Composers Forum, St Paul Mn.

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    If There Were Water
    Gregory W. Brown: The Valley of Lost Names
    Description: Displacement in our time
    Composers: Stratis Minakakais, Gregory W. Brown
    Performers: The Crossing Donald Nally
    Catalog Number: #998
    Genre: experimental new classical
    Collection: choral
    Grammy nominated
    Release Date:
    Feb 23, 2018

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    Seven Responses
    Description: An exercise in re-membrance
    Composers: Caroline Shaw, Hans Thomalia, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, David T. Little, Santa Radniece,Lewis Spratlan
    Performers: The Crossing International Contemporary Ensemble Donald Nally
    Catalog Number: #912
    Genre: new classical
    Collection: choral


    Song Title
    1.To the Hands: No. 1, Prelude (Wordless) 02:11
    2.To the Hands: No. 2, In Medio 02:59
    3.To the Hands: No. 3, Her Beacon-Hand Beckons 03:40
    4.To the Hands: No. 4, Ever Ever Ever 03:10
    5.To the Hands: No. 5, Litany of the Displaced 03:00
    6.To the Hands: No. 6, I Will Hold You 03:09
    7.I Come Near You 13:51
    8.Ad Cor: No. 1, Wound 03:56
    9.Ad Cor: No. 2, Joy 02:29
    10.Ad Cor: No. 3, I Laugh at You Mockingly 02:03
    11.Ad Cor: No. 4, Wound – Joy – I Laugh at You 04:32
    12.Ad Genua 10:04
    13.Dress in Magic Amulets, Dark, from My Feet 14:33
    14.My Soul Will Sink within Me 16:46
    15.Common Ground: Prologue 02:50
    16.Common Ground: Scene 1 03:44
    17.Common Ground: Scene 2 06:56
    18.Common Ground: Scene 3 05:46
    Catalog Number: #912
    Release Date: Feb 3, 2017

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  • richardmitnick 8:18 AM on March 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Areon Flutes, Avant-garde music, Genre: new classical, Innova Recordings, , , NO ERA   

    From Innova: “NO ERA” 

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    Release Date: May 25, 2018

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    Areon Flutes NO ERA
    Composers: Danny Clay, Sahba Aminikia, Ryan Brown

    Performers: Areon Flutes, Jill Heinke Moen, Kassey Plaha, Meerenai Shim
    Genre: new classical

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  • richardmitnick 9:26 AM on February 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Canvas, , Innova Recordings, ,   

    From Innova: “Dolce Suono Ensemble appears on not one, not two, but three Apple Music playlists with Jennifer Higdon’s American Canvas” 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

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    Dolce Suono Trio (Artist), Lucy Shelton (Artist), Jennifer Higdon (Composer), Zhou Tian (Composer), Andrea Clearfield (Composer), & 2 more

    Jennifer Higdon (born December 31, 1962) is an American composer of classical music and composition teacher. She has received many awards including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and two Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition – the first in 2009 for her Percussion Concerto, the second in 2018 for her Viola Concerto. The latter was on an album of her music, Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto, and Oboe Concerto, that won the 2018 Grammy for Best Classical Compendium.

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  • richardmitnick 1:21 PM on February 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Rebirth of Musicsprings: Record Releases, Living Composers and Musicians, New Sounds, Great Jazz 

    musicsprings will be revived if I can get news like this of new releases.

    From Innova

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    If There Were Water
    Displacement in our time
    Composers:
    Stratis Minakakais
    Gregory W. Brown
    Performers:
    The Crossing
    Donald Nally

    2
    Duo Damiana
    Castillos De Viento
    Description:
    Castles in the wind
    Composers:
    Hebert Vázquez
    Michael Fiday
    Shafer Mahoney
    Chen Yi
    Jesse Jones
    Performers:
    Duo Damiana
    Molly Barth
    Dieter Hennings

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    Dolce Suono Trio
    American Canvas
    Description:
    A thrilling trialogue
    Composers:
    Jennifer Higdon
    Andrea Clearfield
    Zhou Tian
    Shulamit Ran
    Performers:
    Dolce Suono Trio
    Mimi Stillman
    Nathan Vickery
    Charles Abramovic
    Lucy Shelton
    Gabriel Cabezas
    Alexis Pia Gerlach

    From Cuneiform

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    In the mansion that is Raoul Björkenheim’s music there are many rooms, and the Finnish-American guitar explorer opens up a particularly vivid and volatile new portal with Doors of Perception, his third Cuneiform release with his quartet Ecstasy. The album captures an extraordinary working ensemble stretching into transfixing new spaces, settings defined as much by texture, vibe and sinuous melodic lines as by rhythmic and harmonic structures.

    Featuring the innovative drummer Markku Ounaskari, Björkenheim’s longtime partner in sonic exploration, the young and dauntingly prolific bassist Jori Huhtala and saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen, Ecstasy continues to expand its sonic palette. Over the course of seven years the musicians have forged a riveting communion. Capaciously inventive, rigorously gutsy and unapologetically Nordic, the music flows from the forbidding Finnish landscape and the hothouse Helsinki scene that gave birth to the band.

    One sure sign of the quartet’s deep connection is the way they distill ideas. Sequenced as a stream of consciousness train of impressions, Doors of Perception features 10 tracks that all clock in under five minutes. Rather than exploring extended forms or expansive soundscapes the music is marked by pithy statements and compressed drama. Which isn’t to say Doors of Perception lacks grandeur.

    While Björkenheim is no stranger to long musical structures, he was after a different kind of narrative arc on Doors of Perception. Much like each piece is a finely calibrated aural microcosmos, the album proceeds from track to track with its own internal logic. “In a way it is countercultural,” Björkenheim says. “It’s an invitation to a listener to enter in the world that might be disorienting. I don’t hear a walking bass, is this jazz? It might be a little bit of a challenge, but it’s also an invitation.”

    With Doors of Perception, Björkenheim and Ecstasy offer something all too rare these days, a musical journey in which the destination is unknown and unpredictable.

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    Trying to make France’s Art Zoyd fit into a single neat description is an exercise in futility. Sometimes they’re fiendish sonic saboteurs bent on destroying listener’s preconceptions about the way music works. Sometimes they’re musical sorcerers conjuring strange but bewitching moments of lyrical beauty.

    You could call them the original post-rock band, moving on from the dark, stormy sounds of prog legends like Magma and King Crimson to something that makes even those fearless explorers sound conventional by comparison. You’d be equally accurate in dubbing them avant-classical composers, whose experimental visions are influenced by Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

    They were members of the notorious Rock In Opposition (RIO) movement alongside the likes of Henry Cow and Univers Zero. They’re impressionistic soundtrack composers. They’re a band. They’re a multimedia collective. Ultimately they’re simply Art Zoyd. And it takes a document as massive and monumental as the 12-CD/2-DVD/2-Book set 44 1/2 to even come close to offering a comprehensive picture of what they’re all about.

    Containing hours of live and unreleased material from the vast Art Zoyd archives, 44 1/2 delves into the dense jungle of wildly diverse periods in a story that goes all the way back to the ’70s. But it also provides many of the missing links in their long, knotty discography, filling in the gaps between their official releases and weaving together all of Art Zoyd’s disparate stylistic strands into a majestic, multicolored, even imposing tapestry.

    From New Amsterdam

    6
    Dissections
    Invisible Anatomy

    7
    Without Chasms
    William Brittelle

    7
    A Dance That Empties
    Subtle Degrees

    9
    All Can Work
    John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

    10
    Rounder Songs
    Emily Pinkerton, Patrick Burke, and NOW Ensemble

    11
    Orpheus Unsung
    Steven Mackey and Jason Treuting

    For the best in streaming new music of living composers, visit https://www.newsounds.org/ from New York Public Radio

    John Schaefer

    For the very best in Jazz, WPRB 103.3 FM or wprb.com
    Monday 11AM-1PM Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz
    Thursday 11AM-2PM Will Constantine Jr. Blues, Bop and Beyond featuring in the last hour great Latin Jazz
    Friday 11AM-2PM Serenade to a Cookoo with Jerry Gordon, and the last hour Jerry’s Room
    Sunday 10AM-1PM Jeannie Becker Jazz Music

     
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