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I thought this essay on Wagner and his anti-Semitism (or, rather, anti-Judaism, as the author concludes) was really great, avoiding simplistic takes and looking in depth at the work, the ideas, and the history (and I often roll my eyes wrt discussions of this topic): https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/uncategorized/2015/01/wagner-and-the-jews/

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Sunday, 5 January 2020 20:31 (seven months ago) link

(h/t Oor Neechy)

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Sunday, 5 January 2020 20:33 (seven months ago) link

It's five years old but new to me.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Sunday, 5 January 2020 20:41 (seven months ago) link

Its not new but it is a very good read. I'm not really familiar with Wagners music though.

xp

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Sunday, 5 January 2020 20:42 (seven months ago) link

Good piece indeed, even though there are grounds for quibbling here and there. For instance, Mendelssohn was baptized and wrote quite a bit of explicitly Christian music, so Wagner's anti-semitism went beyond opposition to Judaism.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 02:13 (seven months ago) link

Alex Ross's big Wagner book is finally coming out this year, so I'll read this now and think about it again later, probably.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 6 January 2020 02:28 (seven months ago) link

Not sure if this fits in on this thread, but has anyone listened to Ekmeles: A Howl That Was Also A Prayer?

idgaf (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:28 (seven months ago) link

It definitely fits. I just started listening to it. I'd never heard of Taylor Brook but he is apparently a young Canadian composer and McGill grad? Cool.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 20:10 (seven months ago) link

Listening to a really cool solo organ album with terrible cover art. Some seriously swoopy prog-rock noises going on here.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ENuGe0JWwAEf2KW.jpg

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:59 (seven months ago) link

Sorry, here's the terrible cover art in question:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ENuGe0JWwAEf2KW.jpg

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 01:00 (seven months ago) link

There's far worse tbf. Anyway, I haven't heard the album but Finns are ever reliable composers.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 01:10 (seven months ago) link

The album's really good in a "let's freak out the neighbor's pets" sort of way. Not subtle stuff by any stretch.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 01:13 (seven months ago) link

Roxy, I've listened to it a couple of times (always while doing something else) and am finding it interesting. There are definitely things to enjoy. The effects and resonances Brook gets from the microtonal motion of voices are very cool and reminded me a little of Qasim Naqvi's Fjoloy. Thw changing vowel shapes show a definite throat singing influence. I really liked the Gee piece: like choral clicks and cuts at times but juxtaposed with more sustained resonant material and those piercing overtones. Great range of timbres and to the point. I think I am still getting a handle on everything that's going on with the Trapani piece in terms of how the voices, electronics, and text are working together but there are pretty moments.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 21:30 (seven months ago) link

i find the spoken portions in Brook's portion sound almost...parodic? i don't know, they rubbed me the wrong way and took me out of it at times. love how all the microtonal stuff sounds juxtaposed with a kind of ars antiqua sound. i enjoyed the little tricks like the bird sounds, and the dial tone (i'm pretty sure that was vocal?) in Trapani's piece, i'm a nut for that kind of thing.

idgaf (roxymuzak), Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:53 (seven months ago) link

Yeah, the connection between the text and music in the Brook isn't clear to me either. If I focus on the text, it does take me out of the music as well. If I listen for the sound, which is how I listen to it most of the time, the spoken word doesn't bother me but I'm also basically tuning out the text. Someone who knows more about contemporary literature than I do might be getting more out of it? I agree with your comment about the medieval allusions as well.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:27 (seven months ago) link

I see New Focus are also putting out an album by Yale guitarist/composer Ben Verdery, with "Scenes from Ellis Island" as the featured track on Bandcamp here: https://newfocusrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/ben-verdery-scenes-from-ellis-island . I had the opportunity to play in a performance of this piece last August and it's a little surprising to hear this version, which is notably different, with a more stripped down guitar 'ensemble' (I'm guessing overdubs of the two guitarists), a female singer, and no electric guitar solo. The version I played in (also led by Verdery) was closer to the style of these: https://youtu.be/MwA2BnD7L6w + https://youtu.be/vvEVD-XWwmU . New version sounds beautiful but seems too polite.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:39 (seven months ago) link

Coming up in March: Barbara Hannigan's take on Gérard Grisey's Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil. Yessss

pomenitul, Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:01 (seven months ago) link

I have a download of her doing that live with the NYPO. It’s excellent.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 11 January 2020 18:59 (seven months ago) link

Oh, that's exciting.

One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact (Sund4r), Sunday, 12 January 2020 00:06 (seven months ago) link

So these are the compositions up for a Grammy tonight. There are a few composers I like a fair bit but I haven't actually listened to any of these yet.:

Berme: Migration Series For Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra, Derek Bermel, composer (Derek Bermel, Ted Nash, David Alan Miller, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra & Albany Symphony Orchestra)
Higdon: Harp Concerto, Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)
Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D Major, Wynton Marsalis, composer (Nicola Benedetti, Cristian Măcelaru & Philadelphia Orchestra)
Norman: Sustain, Andrew Norman, composer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Shaw: Orange, Caroline Shaw, composer (Attacca Quartet)
Wolfe: Fire in My Mouth, Julia Wolfe, composer (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J.Núñez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People's Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)

With considerable charm, you still have made a choice (Sund4r), Monday, 27 January 2020 03:20 (six months ago) link

And Higdon won, it seems. I remember liking her Zaka quite a bit. I'm interested in new harp music. Look forward to hearing this.

With considerable charm, you still have made a choice (Sund4r), Monday, 27 January 2020 03:27 (six months ago) link

I know the cellist from the Attacca Qtet, very cool that they got a nomination

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 27 January 2020 05:14 (six months ago) link

I don't know Higdon, but the Grammys nominating Norman, Shaw, Wolfe and Marsalis is honestly better than expected. Though there's probably still people out there complaining serialism got snubbed.

Frederik B, Monday, 27 January 2020 08:38 (six months ago) link

Though there's probably still people out there complaining serialism got snubbed.

Hi.*

*Well, not quite, insofar as serialism is hardly progressive these days and hasn't been for a long time – just another tool in the contemporary composer's shed – but I do find this list of nominees rather and safe and yawn-inducing and American-centric. Not that I expect anything else from the Grammy Awards regardless of category. As a side note, I will no doubt get eviscerated for including none of these composers in the upcoming late 20th/early 21st century decade polls, but when canonical consensus becomes more problematic than ever, I think it's best to own up to one's more subjective intuitions. But we should be fine up until the… 1990s, maybe?

pomenitul, Monday, 27 January 2020 09:24 (six months ago) link

*rather safe

pomenitul, Monday, 27 January 2020 09:27 (six months ago) link

You kinda have to have Partita and Play on there... And Beyond Ocean. Don't fill it up with US hipster stuff, but those three have to be on there imo.

No, it's definitely American-centric, but it's the Grammys, so. I think it's pretty amazing that Andrew Norman is considered safe, and you're probably right, he is, but Play to me is still wtf-just-hit-me incredible.

Frederik B, Monday, 27 January 2020 09:31 (six months ago) link

I don't like Partita and haven't heard Play but as a merciful poll god I will likely include them nonetheless (the former for sure, as its impact is undeniable).

Beyond Ocean will definitely make it – I'm a JLA fan.

pomenitul, Monday, 27 January 2020 09:34 (six months ago) link

I honestly think you might like Andrew Norman. It's pretty crazy. And he has been good at explaining what is new, I've used quotes from him in a couple of film reviews.

Frederik B, Monday, 27 January 2020 09:37 (six months ago) link

Sold. I've added him to my list.

pomenitul, Monday, 27 January 2020 09:43 (six months ago) link

We're talking about the awards given out by an organization of leading figures in the US commercial recording industry so, yes, it's going to be US-slanted and on the safer side. (They're notoriously stuffy even about pop music.) Maybe I should raise my standards but tbh I'm just impressed that they nominate new music at all every year. I've written two serial pieces in the last few years but you could definitely get MORE conservative than Norman/Shaw/Wolfe/Higdon.

With considerable charm, you still have made a choice (Sund4r), Monday, 27 January 2020 13:22 (six months ago) link

Maybe I should raise my standards but tbh I'm just impressed that they nominate new music at all every year.

Realistically speaking, it's pretty cool that they even so much as acknowledge the field.

pomenitul, Monday, 27 January 2020 13:30 (six months ago) link

I reviewed a new album of organ music - Susanne Kujala's Organ Music of the 21st Century. It's really good.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 13:25 (six months ago) link

Yeah, I remember you mentioning it upthread. I'll check it out, thanks.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 13:37 (six months ago) link

Peter Serkin just passed away. He was an extraordinary pianist, as comfortable in Webern, Messiaen and Takemitsu as he was in the mainstream canonical classics. I don't think I've ever heard a recording of his that I didn't like. He will be missed.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Sunday, 2 February 2020 10:25 (six months ago) link

Just saw that news myself
A rather underrecorded pianist unfortunately

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Sunday, 2 February 2020 18:49 (six months ago) link

Unsuk Chin wins the Sonning award for 2021. They continue their good run, after Hans Abrahamsen in 2019 and Barbara Hannigan in 2020.

I think I have a ticket for the Hannigan award gala. She is doing most of Crazy Girl Crazy, both Berg and Gershwin.

Frederik B, Monday, 3 February 2020 18:19 (six months ago) link

Happy to hear it! I haven't kept up with her recent work at all but she remains an incredible composer.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Monday, 3 February 2020 18:20 (six months ago) link

i need her to record schoenberg op. 10. I have a live capture but the sound has probz

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 3 February 2020 18:25 (six months ago) link

Sweet premise:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jan/20/beethoven-the-1808-concert-review-st-davids-hall-cardiff-carlo-rizzi-jaime-martin

― pomenitul

if they're not grossly underrehearsed it shouldn't count!

quick nerd question, Sveshnikov's recording of "All-Night Vigil", there's only one of those from '65, right? the recordings i'm finding are dated '73 but i don't know if that's just when they released it in the west...

you know my name, look up the number of the beast (rushomancy), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 01:04 (six months ago) link

I'm fairly confident it's the same recording.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 09:28 (six months ago) link

i sort of figured so, thanks!

in between superficially checking out some of the decade poll stuff i am unfamiliar with (there's too much for me to absorb it all!) i've been getting more into ars subtilior... at least the quantity of this stuff is more manageable, as far as i can tell most of it comes down to the codex chantilly. lots of different recordings, but that's all for the better.

you know my name, look up the number of the beast (rushomancy), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 14:27 (six months ago) link

Fascinating to see/hear the Ensemble Intercontemporain play Takemitsu:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5fCEnY4tDE

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 14:28 (six months ago) link

Cool. Do you think you might go to any of those festival concerts?

jmm, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:55 (six months ago) link

The Saturday night Perroy concert would probably be easiest since I work during most of the others. Friday night possibly but Feb 14 is, uh, not necessarily the best day to make plans to bro down over nylon strings.

With considerable charm, you still have made a choice (Sund4r), Friday, 7 February 2020 16:12 (six months ago) link

Cool article, and I enjoyed the YT embeds as well.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 16:39 (six months ago) link

A couple nights ago I saw this piece by Quebec composer Jacques Hétu, based on the occupation of France. I thought the choral movement (4. Liberté), with text by Paul Éluard, was really gorgeous. Julie Payette was in the choir, randomly.

https://youtu.be/E998yQCDfuE

jmm, Saturday, 8 February 2020 14:16 (six months ago) link

I've always been a bit wary of him as he is championed by reactionaries such as Le Devoir's resident classical music critic, and I have little patience for straight Neo-classicism in general, but I'll check it out anyway.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Saturday, 8 February 2020 14:24 (six months ago) link

Went to the P2 Award Gala last saturday. It opened with the winner of the Talent award, 24-year old Gustav Piekut, playing Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse, and I think the video works: https://www.facebook.com/drp2/videos/180211973206107/

Other award winners included Event of the year going to Hans Abrahamsens 'Snedronningen', which, duh. Best New Music album was Nordic String Quartet for a recording of string quartets by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgren. I'm not saying what won Best Danish Album, because you can all figure it out, even more duh. Yeah, that album, an Abrahamsen opera, Piekut beginning to break through. Classical is doing pretty damn well in Denmark at the moment.

Frederik B, Monday, 10 February 2020 10:58 (six months ago) link

Adès is as good as they say, imo. I adore his violin concerto so so so much... the first movement's harmonic material is, effectively, a Shepard tone (though I don't know if he's acknowledged it? Google turns up nothing but it is exactly what he did)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTth0fp13aU

we have no stan but to choice (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 17 April 2020 21:34 (three months ago) link

This was pretty amazing AND it sent me down a Wikipedia rabbit hole about impossible geometric figures and sci fi vampire novels.

Revolutionary Girl Utrenja (Tom Violence), Saturday, 18 April 2020 17:13 (three months ago) link

there is so much awful crossover classical. today i'm on a rabbit hole watching videos by the salt lake city pops orchestra with things like EDM bassoon. is there crossover classical music worse than this stuff? i must know.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 20 April 2020 20:56 (three months ago) link

i mean... lindsey sterling?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujZ0dSBMGu4

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 17:51 (three months ago) link

If anyone's interested, I put together a list of my favourite 2020 classical albums so far:

Alberto Posadas – Poética del laberinto
Amatis Trio – Enescu, Ravel, Britten
Barbara Hannigan & Ludwig Orchestra – La passione: Nono, Haydn, Grisey
Benjamin Dwyer – what is the word
Célimène Daudet – Messe noire. Liszt, Scriabine
Edvard Grieg – Violin Sonatas (Eldbjørg Hemsing & Simon Trpčeski)
Élodie Vignon – D’ombres. Dutilleux, Ledoux
Éric Montalbetti – Chamber Music. Harmonieuses dissonances
Franz Liszt – Années de pèlerinage (Suzana Bartal)
Howard Skempton – Preludes and Fugues; Nocturnes; Reflections; Images (William Howard)
Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 2; King Kristian II (Gothenburg Symphony, Santtu Matias-Rouvali)
Jean-Pierre Collot – The Way to Sound: Spectral Visions of Goethe (Dufourt, Liszt, Schubert)
Johann Sebastian Bach – Johannes-Passion (Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe)
Johannes Brahms – The Final Piano Pieces (Stephen Hough)
Liza Lim – Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus
Luciano Berio – Coro; Cries of London (Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Grete Pedersen)
Ludwig van Beethoven – The Last Three Sonatas (Maurizio Pollini)
Philippe Pierlot, Lucile Boulanger, Myriam Rignol & Rolf Lislevand – Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe et ses filles
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony No. 3, ‘Pastoral’; Symphony No. 4 (BBC SO, Brabbins)
Richard Valitutto – Nocturnes & Lullabies
Tõnu Kõrvits – Hymns to the Nordic Lights
Víctor Ibarra – The Dimension of the Fragile

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:39 (three months ago) link

Very much interested and appreciated! I'll be working my way through.

Tõnu Kõrvits – Hymns to the Nordic Lights this is simply sublime, and very moving <3

What is the word: "A musical meditation on the relationship of sound to linguistic structures"... this honestly sounds quite interesting!

Hey, let me drunkenly animate yr boats in about 25 to 60 days! (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 12:18 (three months ago) link

It’s one of the better Samuel Beckett-inspired albums (and they are legion) I’ve heard over the years.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 13:52 (three months ago) link

Tell me about spectral images of Goethe

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 30 April 2020 14:33 (three months ago) link

Five settings of Goethe by Schubert undergo a series of diachronic metamorphoses for solo piano. Czerny’s transcription of ‘An Schwager Kronos’ introduces us to Hugues Dufourt’s echoic reimagining of the same. ’Rastlose Liebe’, ‘Meeresstille’ and ‘Erlkönig’ are rewritten by Liszt then thoroughly overhauled and drawn out into infinity by Dufourt. The whole thing ends with Liszt’s take on ‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’, followed by silence. And although the album purportedly showcases Goethe’s Sturm und Drang period, there’s a quiet tension to Dufourt’s spectral reinterpretations, which bring to mind Feldman.

It’s pure pap for yours truly and I’m sure you’ll like it too. If you’ve heard Marilyn Nonken’s Voix voilées recital from 2012, you’ll already be familiar with Dufourt’s suitably monstrous and sprawling ‘Erlkönig’.

pomenitul, Thursday, 30 April 2020 15:34 (three months ago) link

I have nonkens book but have not heard that disc- and it looks amazing thanks for tipping me

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 30 April 2020 22:15 (three months ago) link

https://boomkat.com/products/the-heart-sutra-arranged-by-janel-leppin

latest Susan Alcorn on Ideologic Organ is well worth checking out.

calzino, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 10:13 (three months ago) link

Ottawa Guitar Society livestreaming a concert by Daniel Bolshoy rn: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=537306683820643¬if_id=1589655993272897¬if_t=live_video

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Saturday, 16 May 2020 23:34 (two months ago) link

Followed you there.

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 May 2020 00:22 (two months ago) link

What do you think? Some of the repertoire didn't excite me that much but this Assad piece he's playing now is v nice and he is interpreting it carefully and sensitively. Liked the Barrios too.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 17 May 2020 00:51 (two months ago) link

I liked it overall but I was doing something else at the same time and wasn’t paying as close attention as I might, sorry. But yeah, some of the material didn’t really grab me.

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 May 2020 00:58 (two months ago) link

I was washing dishes for part of it too.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 17 May 2020 01:01 (two months ago) link

Has anyone heard Samuel Andreyev's Kairos monograph? I know (of) him as that rare beast: an expat Canadian YouTuber who makes videos about contemporary European art music in English, but I wasn't familiar with his compositions at all. I'm a few minutes into Iridescent Notation and I like it so far: delicate and gestural, even at its most curt, and very much in written in response to 20th century aesthetic dilemmas, which gives it a more 'classical' sheen than, say, Ryan Carter's own Kairos disc from last year.

pomenitul, Monday, 18 May 2020 20:55 (two months ago) link

delicate and gestural

Tbf Événements quotidiens and especially Night Division are more Stravinskian/Varèsian in terms of instrumental attack.

pomenitul, Monday, 18 May 2020 21:52 (two months ago) link

I find Another Timbre's releases to be fairly hit or miss (too visually-oriented, too noncommittal in terms of affect for my tastes) and am mildly annoyed by its growing omnipresence but this is a worthwhile endeavour:

https://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/music-wed-like-to-hear-another-timbre-150-apartment-house-at-25/

pomenitul, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 13:29 (two months ago) link

By a former counterpoint student but I do think this is a very nice guitar album, released to streaming services today: https://open.spotify.com/album/09cWEgDZaHt9MsP7ickZGQ?si=x32u8ulRTh2rCpxy3hnA7w

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Friday, 22 May 2020 17:12 (two months ago) link

Looks cool, I'll check it out. Thanks!

pomenitul, Friday, 22 May 2020 17:27 (two months ago) link

Xpost re another timbre Linda Catlin Smith is amazing. Annoying that they don’t offer digital purchases though. I don’t even have a way to ripping a cd currently - I was “forced” to download her stuff from myfreemp3

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:05 (two months ago) link

I was being cranky tbh. I like LCS's stuff, she's probably my favourite Another Timbre composer.

pomenitul, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:06 (two months ago) link

wait, why does jordan peterson have an hour and a half video about samuel andreyev?

if anybody can come up with a good reason for that one, let me know. otherwise i'm fuckin' done with andreyev.

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 24 May 2020 18:05 (two months ago) link

Huh, really? Weird. I assume it’s got something to do with the University of Toronto. I’ll look into it.

pomenitul, Sunday, 24 May 2020 18:13 (two months ago) link

Jon not Jon, Another Timbre is on Bandcamp: https://anothertimbre.bandcamp.com/album/drifter for example.

Revolutionary Girl Utrenja (Tom Violence), Sunday, 24 May 2020 18:45 (two months ago) link

Welp, just saw it now, Andreyev can go fuck himself.

xp

pomenitul, Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:09 (two months ago) link

it's exhausting. so exhausting. i'm so tired of it.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 25 May 2020 00:01 (two months ago) link

thank you for confirming/verifying, though. i just couldn't stomach it myself, you know?

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 25 May 2020 00:03 (two months ago) link

I don't blame you in the least. Consenting to an interview with JP for any purpose other than explicit pushback is unacceptable, all the more so in 2019, by which point everyone with a functional brain had figured out what the fuckstain is all about.

pomenitul, Monday, 25 May 2020 00:06 (two months ago) link

i mean, fuck. what has been the news on ilx this week? kaitlyn aurelia smith being an anti-vaxxer, black dresses breaking up and i don't even know why because believe it or not i _am_ trying to take care of my mental health by not directly exposing myself to transphobia, whatever the fuck is going on with doja cat, and today it's this random dumb canadian motherfucker who makes youtube videos about the compositional approach of the keyboardist from pink floyd being buddy-buddy with jordan fucking peterson

true/false: "ilx is fine as long as you stay away from the politics threads"

i reiterate: i am tired of living in this world.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 25 May 2020 00:48 (two months ago) link

Fwiw based on my admittedly all too limited understanding of the Black Dresses situation, transphobia doesn't appear to have been the main catalyst; it seems to be a case of toxic fanbases spinning out of control, with no regard whatsoever for the humans who make the art they claim to adore. But yeah, it's unfortunately impossible to interact with just about any facet of aesthetics without being privy to some amount of reactionary political bullshit. My go-to mental defence is that people are fallible and easily fall prey to hateful discourse as a means of dealing with their own deep-seated anxieties. It's not much but it helps me cope.

pomenitul, Monday, 25 May 2020 00:55 (two months ago) link

Many Xposts
I could have sworn I checked bandcamp about 6 months ago
Looks like I owe them some downloads

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 25 May 2020 03:30 (two months ago) link

Bredeson will be performing via livestream in about 20m here: https://m.twitch.tv/concertsfortheendoftime

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Saturday, 30 May 2020 23:08 (two months ago) link

I missed the stream, unfortunately, but I'm listening to his album right now, and it's lovely. Just the right time for it, too.

pomenitul, Sunday, 31 May 2020 03:15 (two months ago) link

Ah, cool, glad you like it. He played the Chopin arrangement, the Mertz, and the Prelude and Allegro from the Bach in the concert. I was also impressed by a Sean Clarke piece.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 31 May 2020 03:39 (two months ago) link

Just a couple of pieces into this almost 7h-long playlist of classical guitar music by black composers: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1CUR6hLOqbHKOQJx5jiSk3?si=BJDqQVXrTVijWHtCzDBG8w

Both Thomas Flippin's "A Soldier's Sonata" and Errollyn Wallen's "Three Ships" are p good so far.

Also heard this Shelley Washington electric guitar quartet this morning, which is pretty nice and reminiscent of Fred Frith's quartets: https://soundcloud.com/shelleywashington/the-workers-dreadnought

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 7 June 2020 17:07 (two months ago) link

On another note, this is absolutely lovely (recent/new music for harp and elect y Richard Barrett and Milana Zaric, streamed last night): https://t.co/PJmTR28RQg

— Tim Rutherford-Johnson (@moderncomp) June 8, 2020

xyzzzz__, Monday, 8 June 2020 20:20 (two months ago) link

Awesome, thanks for the heads up.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 18:06 (two months ago) link

just found the operatic countertenor John Holiday, holy shit @ this voice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Rz4t4Al48

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:02 (two months ago) link

or perhaps more appropriate to thread:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6MJJrJap8w

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:03 (two months ago) link

I liked the Barrett/Zaric stream. A little softer than what I expected from Barrett, reminiscent at times of laptop ambient gigs I've seen by e.g. Sarah Peebles - which is tbc actually a good thing!

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:01 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Benjamin Dwyer – what is the word

Just bought this from Bandcamp on your recommendation.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Friday, 3 July 2020 19:58 (one month ago) link

Prepared guitar piece worth price of admission.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Friday, 3 July 2020 20:19 (one month ago) link

Nice! I'm a sucker for Beckett-themed contemporary classical but Dwyer does it better than most. It also helps make up for my utter ignorance of the Irish scene.

pomenitul, Saturday, 4 July 2020 16:21 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I haven’t heard it yet but this may be of interest to you, Sund4r (and others, of course):

https://thibaultcauvin.lnk.to/BrouwerEM

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 20:47 (three weeks ago) link

Cool, I don't know Cauvin's playing that well. I will try to look into it.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:56 (three weeks ago) link

I'm into Dan Michaelson's new one, Colourfield

https://dan.michaelsonscores.com/album/colourfield

here 1st (roxymuzak), Friday, 31 July 2020 13:28 (one week ago) link

That was nice.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Friday, 31 July 2020 15:00 (one week ago) link


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