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Palmer, Juliet: Rivers Palmer, Juliet:
Rivers

(Barnyard -- Canada )

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Composer and vocalists Juliet Palmer leads an ensemble of vocalists through works that use layering of voices using lyrics from Emily Dickinson, Nicholas Power, Julie Salverson, Anna Cahtterton, and Christine Duncan, a fascinating mixture of haunting acappella interaction, solo voice, and one work with electronic backing and one over an ultrasound.

Johnson, Scott: Mind Out of Matter Johnson, Scott:
Mind Out of Matter

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Five years in the making, composer Scott Johnson transcribed the speech of philosopher Daniel C. Dennett (Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) into this extended, 8-movement suite, using a rich, detailed set of musical landscapes blending musical genres that run in parity with the voice of Dennett, as Johnson emphasizes and highlight his insightful thinking.

Zorn, John: The Urmuz Epigrams Zorn, John:
The Urmuz Epigrams

(Tzadik -- USA )

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With the collaboration of percussionist Ches Smith, John Zorn creates a magnificent and dreamlike series of parallel tracks, a "modern reconstruction" and a set of faux 78rpm albums purportedly from 1923, as an homage to pre-dada absurdist, Romanian writer Urmuz (Demetru Dem), using the studio and card-file composition to create a bizarre and astonishing set of 8 x 2 pieces.

Drape, Rohan / Anthony Pateras: Ellesmere Drape, Rohan / Anthony Pateras:
Ellesmere

(Immediata -- Australia )

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A founder of the Slave Pianos collective and co-organizer of the Inland Concert Series, Australian computer and synth artist Rohan Drap joins keyboardist Anthony Pateras for an extended exploration of interlocking vintage electric organs, allowing their tones and timbres to interact in microtonal richness as they create tonal environments and gradually unfolding progressions.

O'Malley, Stephen / Anthony Pateras: Reve Noir O'Malley, Stephen / Anthony Pateras:
Reve Noir

(Immediata -- Australia )

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Pianist Anthony Pateras and guitarist Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))) performed a concert in 2011 at Instants Chavires in 2011, which they took into the studio to deconstruct and recompose on 1/4 inch tape, creating a compelling landscape of fractured musique concrete, introspective meditations, electro-acoustic textures and heavy guitar; includes a 20 page interview with O'Malley.

Kuchen, Martin / Mark Tokar / Arkadijus Gotesmanas: Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival [VINYL] Kuchen, Martin / Mark Tokar / Arkadijus Gotesmanas:
Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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A live recording from the Vilnius Jazz and Music of Silent Film Festival in 2016, performing for an adaptation of the silent film "The Lost World" by Arturas Jevdokimovas, by the trio of Martin Kuchen on sax & flute, Mark Tokar on bass, and Arkadijus Goesmanas on drums.

Pisaro, Michael / Toshiya Tsunoda: Crosshatches [2 CDs] Pisaro, Michael / Toshiya Tsunoda:
Crosshatches [2 CDs]

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Composer Michael Pisaro teams up with Toshiya Tsunoda for an 85 minute work in 8 sections developed over 14 months, a profound saga of subtle lowercase interactions using electronics and field recordings.

Turbamulta (Raon / Sao / Ferreira / Martins / Aroso): Turbamulta Turbamulta (Raon / Sao / Ferreira / Martins / Aroso):
Turbamulta

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With orchestration of harp, daxophone, idiophones, piano, cello, guitar, percussion, sampling & electronics, the Portuguese quintet Turbamulta (roughly translates to "rowdy mob", though clearly a very sophisticated mob) was born from the band Powertrio of Eduardo Raon, Joana Sa and Luis Martins, expanded to blend compositional, EA and improv approaches into something unique and beautiful.

Quator Bozzini / Gyula Csapo: Deja? Koja? Quator Bozzini / Gyula Csapo:
Deja? Koja?

(Collection QB -- Canada )

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The Canadian Council for the Arts commissioned this work by Hungarian composer Gyula Csapo, a student of Morton Feldman amd John Cage, realized by Montreal's Quatuor Bozzini quartet, "Deja? Koja?" meaning "Already? Where to?" is a three-part work with two intermissions, an epic work that references the same basic materials in a variety of perspectives.

Bayle, Francois: Tremblements [VINYL] Bayle, Francois:
Tremblements [VINYL]

(Recollection GRM -- Austria )

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Electroacoustic composer Francois Bayle, a member of Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de Recherches Musicales, and who worked with Stockhausen and Messiaen, in two 2-part compositions from 1978 and 1979, acousmatic music of mysterious sound sources that are presented with impressive pacing, tension and drama, using a rich and diverse palette of sound.

Zanesi, Christian: Grand Bruit/Stop ! l'horizon [VINYL] Zanesi, Christian:
Grand Bruit/Stop ! l'horizon [VINYL]

(Recollection GRM -- Austria )

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French composer Christian Zanesi, a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel at the Paris Conservatory and an artistic director of the Ina GRM, in an album presenting works from 1983 ("Stop ! L'horizon") and 1991 ("Grand Bruit"), the latter built on field recordings of train travel, the former an hommage to the potential of the recording studio itself.

Higgins, Tyler (w / Stevens / Higgins): Blue Mood Higgins, Tyler (w / Stevens / Higgins):
Blue Mood

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Hailing from Atlanta, GA, guitarist Tyler Higgins is also a multi-instrumentalist and composer who merges genres of moody, cinematic music based around folk, blues, jazz and twisted with unusual approaches, aided in his endeavors by drummer Paul Steven and wordless vocalist Ellen Higgins, producing a alluring set of musical narratives.

de Asis, Clara : Do Nothing de Asis, Clara :
Do Nothing

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Spanish composer and guitarist based in France, Clara de Asis performs her own work "Do Nothing" in 6 sections, an electroacoustic, minimal studio composition for guitar and percussion, in 3 movements using space between distinct sound events to let each take its own life, offset by 3 movements of rotating or ringing percussive sound and punctuation.

Frey, Jurg / Magnus Granberg: Early to Late Frey, Jurg / Magnus Granberg:
Early to Late

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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New ensemble pieces by Jurg Frey and Magnus Granberg played by Ensemble Grizzana, commissioned by Another Timbre with the request that both start from the same two fragments of early music, one by Johannes Ockeghem, the other by William Byrd, each composer producing fascinatingly different pieces that both contain echoes of the source material.

Sugimoto, Taku / Cristian Alvear: h Sugimoto, Taku / Cristian Alvear:
h

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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An extended and beautiful composition for two guitars, exquisitely played by Taku Sugimoto and Cristian Alvear, captured in concert at Ftarri in Tokyo in 2017, and the first appearance on Another Timbre for this Japanese composer-guitarist Sugimoto, who is best known as an improviser, and who also features on the "Chamber and Field Works" album by Bruno Duplant.

Janinet, Clement: O.U.R.S. Janinet, Clement:
O.U.R.S.

(Gigantonium -- France )

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French violinist Clement Janinet composes music for quartet inspired by the lyricism of the free jazz melodies of the 60s (Ornette Coleman, Phoraoh Sanders, &c.) and the timbral and rhythmic textures of repetitive music (Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Adams, &c) in several quartet configurations including bass clarinet, tenor sax, bass, drums, guitrar, and cello.

Duplant, Bruno : Chamber and Field Works 2015-2017 [2 CDs] Duplant, Bruno :
Chamber and Field Works 2015-2017 [2 CDs]

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A double CD of delicate music from the French composer Bruno Duplant, the first disc containing three chamber pieces exquisitely played by the Suidobashi Chamber Ensemble, the second disc a long piece for solo guitar, performed by Taku Sugimoto in a public park in Tokyo, incorporating an extraordinary variety of environmental sounds.

Nauseef, Mark: All In All In all Nauseef, Mark:
All In All In all

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Influenced by rock, jazz, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, NY drummer Mark Nauseef's career has embraced an inclusive blending of styles, heard in this fantastic new album embracing compositional and ea styles, recorded with previous collaborators including Tony Oxley, Bill Laswell, Walter Quintus, along with Sylvie Courvoisier, Pat Thomas, Miroslav Tadic, & Arthur Jarvinen.

Cardew, Cornelius / London Experimental Ensemble: Treatise Cardew, Cornelius / London Experimental Ensemble:
Treatise

(Split Rock Records -- USA )

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The full two-hour performance of Cornelius Cardew's entire 193-page legendary Treatise graphic score, performed at Iklectik in London, England on January 28, 2017 in an 11-member ensemble of some of London's most interesting improvisers including participants in Scratch Orchestra, in a double CD release with liner notes by AMM founder Eddie Prevost.

Pisaro, Michael : Etant Donnes Pisaro, Michael :
Etant Donnes

(Gravity Wave -- USA )

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An unusual album for American composer Michael Pisaro: six works based almost entirely on samples, punctuating more characteristic work in keeping with his Wandelweiser and EMW work with rhythmic and popular forms, albeit with Pisaro's characteristic inclusions, surprising the listener in an illusionary approach yielding serious electroacoustic compositions.

Pisaro, Michael / Reinier van Houdt: Shades of Eternal Night Pisaro, Michael / Reinier van Houdt:
Shades of Eternal Night

(Gravity Wave -- USA )

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Largely derived from piano recordings by Netherlands pianist Reinier van Houdt, a member of both the Ensemble MAE and the Ives Ensemble and heard on the Wandelweiser label, expanded by several field recordings recorded by Michael Pisaro in Syros (Greece), creating a work in three pieces of rich environments that contrast peaceful passages with powerful ambiance.

Wolff, Christian / Antoine Beuger: Where Are We Going, Today Wolff, Christian / Antoine Beuger:
Where Are We Going, Today

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Using piano, objects, charango, flute, voice, whistles, and a copy of the Editions Wandelweiser recording of Christian Wolff's "Stones", improvisers and composer Christian Wolff and Antoine Beuger present the two part "Where Are You Going Today", a series of events punctuated by silence and Beuger's brief recitations, creating great tension and mystery.

Musicworks: #130 Spring 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD] Musicworks:
#130 Spring 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD]

(Musicworks -- Canada )

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In it's 40th year, the Canadian music journal Musicworks, with a reflection on their journey, alongside articles about guitarist Sam Shalabi, composer Sarah Hennies, the music series SONICBernheim in Louisville, Kentucky, electronic-music producer Vanese "VJ" Smith (Pursuit Grooves), and a 13-track CD with music from the those artists and more.

Ullmann, Jakob: Muntzers Stern, Solo II [2 CDs] Ullmann, Jakob:
Muntzers Stern, Solo II [2 CDs]

(Edition Rz -- Germany )

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Between 2014-16 Jakob Ullmann composed the orchestral work "steine, feuer, sterne" (stones, fire, stars) based on a modular structure, such that individual sections can be played outside of a complete performance, solo or in predetermined combinations; this album presents one section for solo bassoon titled "Muntzers stern" performed by Dafne Vicente-Sandoval.

Weston, Matt: This Is Your Rosemont Horizon  [VINYL] Weston, Matt:
This Is Your Rosemont Horizon [VINYL]

(7272music -- USA )

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Two electroacoustic orchestral compositions with machine analogies from composer, percussionist and electronic artist Matt Weston, mastered by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs; unusual works that use abstract components against melodic snippets, electronic washes, glitch, altered voices, abrupt shifts and genre-defying resolutions; curious and unorthodox music.

Copland, Marc Trio: Haunted Heart Copland, Marc Trio:
Haunted Heart

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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Reissue of pianist Copland in a trio with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Jochen Rueckert performing ballads including pieces by Coltrane, Waldron, Porter and Sting.

Ensemble SuperMusique: Jeux De Pistes Ensemble SuperMusique:
Jeux De Pistes

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Ensemble SuperMusique devotes itself to Montreal's "Musique Actuelle" and free improv community in assemblages of some of their finest players, here in a live concert in 2016 at Amphitheater du Gesu in Montreal with a stunning set of performers presenting the work of 4 composer.

Maneri / Morris / Maneri: Out Right Now Maneri / Morris / Maneri:
Out Right Now

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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PYN (Yoshida / Pittard / Nasuno): Songs for children who don't want to sleep PYN (Yoshida / Pittard / Nasuno):
Songs for children who don't want to sleep

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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P (Yann Pittard on oud and guitar & vocals), Y (Tatsuya Yoshida on drums & vocals) and N (Mitsuru Nasuno on bass & vocals) performing Arabian Progressive Pop Improvisation, an unusual melding and orchestration of arabic progressions and melodic prog rock.

Various Artists: Meta Magic Music:  Some Quiet Stars Various Artists:
Meta Magic Music: Some Quiet Stars

(Meta Records -- Germany )

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Talia, Joe: Tint [VINYL] Talia, Joe:
Tint [VINYL]

(Black Truffle -- Australia )

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Known more as a drummer than a composer, Australian-born and Tokyo-relocated Joe Talia composed and organized this two-part, album-length electroacoustic composition using his skills as a percussionist. performing on modular synths and tape machines, and using his vast studio skills as an engineer and producer to create these impressive electronic works.

Bondi / Martel / Schiller: tse Bondi / Martel / Schiller:
tse

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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With backgrounds in both improvisation and compositional music, the new trio of Cyril Bondi on harmonium, Pierre-Yves Martel on viola da gamba, and Christoph Schiller on spinet, agreed on a sequence of pitches for this 5 part improvisational work, allowing space for the players to explore pitch and melody within a contemplative and pensive framework.

Cage, John: Two2 Cage, John:
Two2

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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One of a handful of John Cage's number pieces, this work for two pianists follows the forms of Renga poetry, composed with 36 lines of music, each containing 5 measures, and each line having 31 events occuring in the sequence 5-7-5-7-7, with the pianists allowed their own tempo but waiting to synchronize each measure, as performed by Mark Knoop and Philip Thomas.

Granberg, Magnus : Es Schwindelt Mir, Es Brennt Mein Eingweide Granberg, Magnus :
Es Schwindelt Mir, Es Brennt Mein Eingweide

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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An hour-long work for an ensemble of six musicians by Swedish composer Magnus Granberg performed by Anna Lindal on baroque violin, d incise on vibraphonen electronics, Cyril Bondi on percussion, Anna Kaisa Meklin on viola da gamba, Christoph Schiller on spinet, and Magnus Granberg himself on prepared piano, transforming material from a song by Franz Schubert.

Schwalm, J. Peter (w/ Brian Eno, Eiving Aarset, Christine Schutze): Wagner Transformed <i>[Used Item Schwalm, J. Peter (w/ Brian Eno, Eiving Aarset, Christine Schutze):
Wagner Transformed [Used Item]

(Intergroove Classics -- Germany )

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Centered around Wagner's 200th birthday Peter Schwalm and Brian Eno explore how Wagner might reinterpret some of his works with the use of technology.

Jovicevic, Jasna Sextet: Flow Vertical Jovicevic, Jasna Sextet:
Flow Vertical

(FMR -- UK )

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Hungarian composer, improviser and multi-reedist Jasna Jovicevic in an album researching sound vibrations and their direct impact on our body, energy, and creativity, performed with her contemporary chamber jazz sextet of bassoon, percussion, viola, violin and violincello, lyrical and joyful music "divided according to psychic centers in the human body".

Berger, Karl: In A Moment - Music For Piano And Strings Berger, Karl:
In A Moment - Music For Piano And Strings

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Pianist and vibraphonist Karl Berger is also a professor of composition, having won numerous awards and commissions for his work, here presenting the final part of a trilogy written for Tzadik, a beautiful 14-part suite for piano and string realized with Berger himself at the keys in a septet of well known NY performers including Ken Filiano, Tomas Ulrich, Jason Kao Hwang.

North Of North (Pateras / Tinkler / Veltheim): North Of North North Of North (Pateras / Tinkler / Veltheim):
North Of North

(Offcompass -- Australia )

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The first release on pianist Anthony Pateras' new label OffCompass intended to explore a more diverse set of projects, is from the North Of North trio of Anthony Pateras on piano, Scott Tinkler on trumpet, and Erkki Veltheim on electric violin, using improvisation, Carnatic music, 20th and 21st century compositional strategies, mathematical theories and open forms of jazz.

Ichiyanagi, Toshi with Eye Music: Sapporo Ichiyanagi, Toshi with Eye Music:
Sapporo

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Written in 1963 for up to 15 peformers plus a conductor who may also make sound, Japanese composer and Fluxus artist Toshi Ichiyanagi's score has 16 pages marked with combinations of lines, dots and letters indicating duration, number of events, and moments of restraint, each player using a different page, with certain options of switching pages with another player during performance.

Schuppe, Marianne: Nosongs Schuppe, Marianne:
Nosongs

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Marianne Schuppe continues to reimagine songs and their relation to tone and melody, here in a series of 11 songs realized with voice, lute, and uber bows, creating delicate accompaniment to her lucid movements between pure sound and words, singing and speaking her lyrics of succinct phrases rich in subtle intimation and evocative imagery; beautiful.

Lindvall, Johan: Giraffe Lindvall, Johan:
Giraffe

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Fourteen pieces for solo guitar from Norwegian composer Johan Lindvall, sparse yet warmly spaced pieces that focus on the individual notes or simple chords in intimate ways, meditative yet warmly evocative; two sections are presented in multiple movements, with "five songs for voice and guitar", Rasten singing words written by Marianne Moore; lovely and refined.

Beuger.Boon.Susam Beuger.Boon.Susam:

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Pianist and composer Dante Boon performs his own work "Years, Numbers", alongside Antoine Beuguer's "Pour Etre Seul(e), Sans Reserve" and Taylan Susam's "Tombeau", and Bueger's "Nov. (piano)", four works of graceful and introspective beauty using minimal approaches to tone, chord, or spaciousness, recorded live at University Of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2014.

Bondi, Cyril / d'Incise: Kirari-Kirari Bondi, Cyril / d'Incise:
Kirari-Kirari

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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A sextet of Cyril Bondi (vibraphone), d'Incise (metallic objects), Magnus Granberg (piano), Anna Lindal (Baroque violin), Anna-Kaisa Meklin (viola de gamba) and Christoph Schiller (spinet) perform two works composed by Bondi and d'Incise, recorded by Simon Reynell of Another Timbre, works of repetition with distinct variations that evolve as each piece progresses.

Merce, Sergio: Three Dimensions Of The Spirit Merce, Sergio:
Three Dimensions Of The Spirit

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Conservatory trained Argentinian saxophonist Sergio Merce uses a prepared tenor sax and a microtonal sax to create rich harmonics and slowly moving tonal works, layering aberrant and alluring tones in restrained configurations that allow each stratum of sound to be distinguished and appreciated, creating mesmerizing compositions of elusive and illusionistic sound.

Holy Mountain, The: Toad Of Light [VINYL] Holy Mountain, The:
Toad Of Light [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Cinematic aesthetics and themes from the Norwegian Holy Mountain duo, performing on the uncommon pairing of two instruments--accordion played by Andreas Angell, and drums with acoustic and electronic parts and vintage synthesizer played by Aleksander Tidemann--in their 3rd release inspired by the dystopian sci-fi visions of John Carpenter, Philip Glass and Daft Punk.

Eastman, Julius / Kukuruz Quartet (Bartels / Collenberg / Keller / Rickli): Piano Interpretations Eastman, Julius / Kukuruz Quartet (Bartels / Collenberg / Keller / Rickli):
Piano Interpretations

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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The Swiss Kukuruz Quartet of 4 pianists--Duri Collenberg, Lukas Rickli, Philip Bartels, and Simone Keller--continue their explorations of the works of late NY composer & pianist Julius Eastman, a pioneering figure in minimalism and an influential member of the 1980s Downtown New York scene; here in four works: "Fugue No.7", "Evil Nigger", "Buddha" and"Gay Guerrilla".

Astra Choir, The: Morton Feldman; Will Ogdon; Pauline Oliveros; Earle Brown; Warren Burt; Robert Car Astra Choir, The: Morton Feldman; Will Ogdon; Pauline Oliveros; Earle Brown; Warren Burt; Robert Carl:
We, Like Salangan Swallows...: A Choral Gallery of Morton Feldman and Contemporaries

(New World Records -- USA )

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Melbourne, Australia's Astra Choir directed by John McCaughey use choral voice and appropriate instrumentation to interpret and present music from mediaeval to modern electronic and post-minimal music, here taking on compositions from Morton Feldman, Will Ogden, Pauline Oliveros, Warren Burt, Earle Brown, and Robert Carl.

Bazelaire, Felicie / Bertrand Denzler: Basse Seule Bazelaire, Felicie / Bertrand Denzler:
Basse Seule

(Confront -- UK )

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A series of etudes and pieces for double bass composed by Bertrand Denzler specifically for Paris-based cellist and double bass player Felicie Bazelaire, presenting 7 etudes and 2 named compositions based on systems that require Bazelair to reveal the complexity of certain characteristics of the double bass within the framework of a solo performance.

Demierre, Jacques / Anouck Genthon: Teyerit Demierre, Jacques / Anouck Genthon:
Teyerit

(Confront -- UK )

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A series of unusual compositions originally written by Jacques Demmiere and Vincent Barras, here reworked by Demmiere and violinist Anouck Genthon, each piece focusing on sounds, breaths, frictions, silences, vowels and consonants, weaving and complementing each other through a mix of traditional, extended and unconventional techniques; fascinating.

Dumitrescu, Iancu / Ana-Maria Avram: Live In Berlin Dumitrescu, Iancu / Ana-Maria Avram:
Live In Berlin

(Edition Modern -- Romania )

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Spectral composers Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram present 4 works recorded live in Berlin from 2009-14, with participants including Yoni Silver, Tim Hodgkinson, Stephan O'Malley, orchestration including stretchable steel and computer, crystals, prepared piano, &c.

Barabe, Charles : De la Fragilite [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Barabe, Charles :
De la Fragilite [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Victoriaville, Quebec electronic composer Charles Barbare creates abstract electroacoustic works, here in an impressive 6-movement work that covers a wide ground from minimalistic rhythmic sections to time-stretched voices and electronics to musique mystery, his inquisitive approach allowing his scores to unfold in decipherable, dramatic and coherent ways.

Musicworks: #131 Fall 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD] Musicworks:
#131 Fall 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD]

(Musicworks -- Canada )

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The second issue in the 40th anniversary year of Canada's foremost magazine exploring new music in composed, improvised, experimental and other unusual musics, articles including Peggy Lee, Circuit Bending, composer Maria de Alvear, an article on the Bug Incision label, plus a 14-track CD with tracks to accompany the articles, plus album reviews, live reviews, &c. &c.

Miller, Cassandra : O Zomer! Miller, Cassandra :
O Zomer!

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Two ensemble works and two solo pieces by Christian Wolff's favourite contemporary composer, Cassandra Miller, who is blazing a very personal trail through the experimental music world, with brilliant performances by Apartment House, Mira Benjamin, Philip Thomas, and Charles Curtis with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov.

Jang, Alex : Momentary Encounters Jang, Alex :
Momentary Encounters

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Four fragile and mostly minimal works by Victoria-based composer Alex Jang, performed by the Apartment House ensemble, with solo pieces by Heather Roche on clarinet + field recordings, one with Cristian Alvear on guitar, an acoustic quintet, and "any three players" designed for any mix of instrumentation, here on melodica, vibraphone & cello.

Olsen, Lance Austin : Dark Heart Olsen, Lance Austin :
Dark Heart

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Four fascinating and detailed compositions from Canadian composer and painter Lance Austin Olsen, each work giving the performers space to collaborate on the results, using graphic scores and Cage-like elements from recordings; performers include Terje Paulsen, Gil Sanson, Ryoko Akama, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Katelyn Clark, Patrick Farmer and Apartment House.

Miller, Cassandra : Just So Miller, Cassandra :
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(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A disc of extraordinary string works by Canadian composer Cassandra Miller, presenting four string quartets superbly played by the Quatuor Bozzini quartet of Clemens Merkel on violin, Alissa Cheung on violin, Stephanie Bozzini on viola, and Isabelle Bozzini on cello, including the large work "About Bach", awarded the Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music.

Smith, Linda Catlin: Wanderer Smith, Linda Catlin:
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Eight sophisticated chamber pieces composed by Linda Catlin Smith and realized by the Canadian Apartment House ensemble, including a solo piano performed by Philip Thomas, a piano duo with Thomas and Mark Knoop, and works for percussion & cello, 2 quintet pieces for strings, percussion and winds, and two 7-piece conducted works with two percussionists, strings and brass.

Ravenstine, Allen : Waiting For The Bomb [VINYL] Ravenstine, Allen :
Waiting For The Bomb [VINYL]

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Many years after Pere Ubu and his work as a pilot, one of the world's most unique synth players, Allen Ravenstine, releases an album of composed works, 18 discrete hybrid miniature sound worlds that blend acoustic, real-world and synthetic sounds in unorthodox ways that elusively twist conventional approaches with unexpected elements and narrative twists.

Nitsch, Hermann: Musik Der 135. Aktion, Kuba [2 CDs] Nitsch, Hermann:
Musik Der 135. Aktion, Kuba [2 CDs]

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"Recorded in 2012, Musik Der 135. Aktion, Kuba captures the controversial performance from Herman Nitsch's Orgien Mysterien Theater ("Orgies Mysteries Theater") as part of the Havana Biennial art exhibition. For more than fifty years Ni...

Voutchkova, Biliana / Michael Thieke: Blurred Music Voutchkova, Biliana / Michael Thieke:
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Berlin-based violinist Biliana Voutchkova and German clarinetist Michael Thieke (Magic I.D., International Nothing) present a stunning achievement in blending compositional, pre-structured material with live improvisation, creating a blurring of virtually identical sections that create microtonal anomalies in timing, rhythm, timbre and motive, as heard in 3 amazing performances.

Dalibert, Melaine: Musique pour le lever du jour Dalibert, Melaine:
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Inspired by the work of Hungarian-born French media artist Vera Molnar, and by the vicissitudes of natural phenomena, French pianist and composer Melaine Dalibert developed algorithmic procedures to compose this work, translating to "Music for the Daybreak", as an illusory "endless piece" of meditative layered, resonant music in the mode of Morton Feldman.



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