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Boyd Meets Girl

Boyd Meets Girl


Bach, J S:

Two-part Invention No. 8 in F major, BWV779

Two-part Invention No. 10 in G major, BWV781

Two-part Invention No. 6 in E major, BWV777

Two-part Invention No. 13 in A minor, BWV784

Edwards, Ross:

Arafura Arioso

Falla:

Siete Canciones populares españolas

Fauré:

Pavane, Op. 50

Gnattali:

Allegretto Comodo

Jackson, M:

Human Nature

Pärt:

Spiegel im Spiegel

Piazzólla:

Histoire du Tango: Café 1930

Zenamon:

Reflexoes No. 6


Boyd Meets Girl (Rupert Boyd and Laura Metcalf)

Our debut album is a lovingly curated musical journey, encompassing both our shared perspective on beloved works and relatively unknown repertoire we believe is equally deserving of attention. This album features our own arrangements, including a reduction of Faure's adored Pavane from its orchestral original, and Bach's solo keyboard inventions re imagined on cello and guitar. These are presented alongside contemporary works, including a colorful three movement piece by Bolivian composer Jaime Zenamon, and the debut recording of Arafura Arioso by esteemed Australian composer Ross Edwards. The entire album is designed to highlight the range and of timbral possibilities of this underexplored instrumental pairing. Our collaboration began as a romantic relationship in 2012. We are now happily married and live in New York City.' - Boyd Meets Girl

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Recurrence - ISO Project, Vol. 1

Recurrence - ISO Project, Vol. 1


Bjarnason:

Emergence

Jónsdóttir:

Flow and Fusion

Sigfúsdóttir:

Aequora

Vilmarsson:

bd

Þorvaldsdóttir:

Dreaming


Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Daníel Bjarnason

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra is widely praised for its performances and recordings and concerts devoted to modern music. Since 2011, the orchestra’s home has been Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík. Daníel Bjarnason is the orchestra’s Artist-inResidence and is active in a variety of roles as conductor, composer, and educator. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has recorded for a number of international labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, BIS, Chandos and Naxos and now Sono Luminus! The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has toured in Europe and the United States. Daníel Bjarnason’s composing and conducting takes him around the world  working with amongst others the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Britten Sinfonia, So Percussion and the Calder Quartet. Daníel’s first opera for the Danish National Opera in Aarhus, Brothers, will be premiered in August 2017. Daníel’s music has been performed by conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams, André de Ridder, James Conlon, Louis Langrée and Ilan Volkov. Daníel’s versatility has also led to collaborations with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field including Sigur Rós, Ben Frost and Brian Eno. As well as composing her own music, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir has performed music around the world with her band, amiina, as well as recorded and collaborated with a range of other bands and artists. María has also composed music for films and dance and her compositions have been performed in Iceland, USA, Australia and Europe. Her composition “Clockworking” can be heard on Nordic Affect’s album on Sono Luminus under the same title. Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir works with large sonic structures that reveal the presence of a vast variety of sustained sound materials, reflecting her sense of imaginative listening to landscapes and nature. Anna’s music is frequently performed at major venues and music festivals internationally, by today’s top orchestras and ensembles. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has previously premiered and recorded several of her orchestral works, including “Aeriality” and “Dreaming.” Anna’s album In the Light of Air (Sono Luminus) was included on “Best of” lists including those of The New York Times, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Boston Globe, and many more. Anna is the recipient of the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize for her work Dreaming and The New York Philharmonic’s Kravis Emerging Composer Award. In her works Thurídur Jónsdóttir has frequently tackled the relation between acoustic and electronic sounds. In that regard we might mention INNI - musica da camera for baroque violin and sound curtains of an infant murmur, Flutter for flute, orchestra and field recordings of insects and Winter for voice and electronics. Her compositions are performed at festivals in Europe and USA. She has received commissions from Radio France, NDR, LA Philharmonic among others. Hlynur A. Vilmarsson has enjoyed a diverse career in music, be it as a member of Icelandic rock bands or the composers’ collective s.l.á.t.u.r. Infused with a passion for experimentation, his work has also extended to the realm of technology within the platform of LornaLab (Reykjavík Media Lab). Vilmarsson’s work has earned him commissions from various groups and been performed at festivals such as the Tectonics Festival curated by conductor Ilan Volkov.

“This release from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra [is] impressively polished from an ensemble drawn largely from a tiny population” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 ***

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Unbound

Unbound


Dennehy:

Pushpulling

Gosfield:

The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon

Greenstein:

Four on the Floor

Hearne, T:

Excerpts from the middle of something (from Law of Mosaics)

Lang, D:

almost all the time

Mazzoli:

Death Valley Junction

Shaw, C:

Valencia


Jasper String Quartet

“sonically delightful and expressively compelling” —The Strad “powerful” —New York Times “The Jaspers... match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments.” —New Haven Advocate

As the members of a string quartet, we are incredibly lucky. The four of us have spent the past decade playing together, learning to breathe and move as one. We’re honored to play in the most intimate settings and the top concert halls. Most importantly, the music we play is the best that there is. Seeking out new pieces to contribute to this conversation is as important, if not more so, as rediscovering the sublime human experience of a Beethoven quartet. The seven pieces on this album represent a collection of treasures we’ve discovered from this century. One of these pieces, Annie Gosfield’s “The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon” was written expressly for our quartet. The rest we unearthed as we sifted through the vibrant and varied landscape of music being created today. We sought to find a set of pieces that were both enchanting on their own and together represent a cohesive aesthetic. From the immense technical challenges of Judd Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor”, the meditative contemplation of David Lang’s “almost all the time”, to the raw emotion and vivid imagery of Missy Mazzoli’s “Death Valley Junction”, these pieces represent an incredible diversity of sound and style. Yet they all reside comfortably in this wonderful tradition of string quartets, of which we are lucky enough to be a part.

—Jasper String Quartet

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Season of Light

Season of Light

Songs of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year


anon.:

Auld Lang Syne

arr. Ted Firth

Britten:

A New Year Carol

Bucchino:

Grateful

arr. Ryan Nowlin

Leontovich:

Carol of the Bells

arr. Peter J Wilhousky

Mouton, J:

Ave Maria

Narverud:

Season of Light

Schwartz, S:

The Chanukah Song (We Are Lights)

arr. Ryan Nowlin

trad.:

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

arr. David Chase


Lee Musiker (piano)

Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman

At the season of the winter solstice, light diminishes in our world. To counteract the onslaught of the darkness, traditional religions have created festivals to hold fast to a small steady flicker of illumination. Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) presents a sampler of music celebrating this effort to infuse light and joy into the holiday season. We go from Thanksgiving, to Christmas, to Chanukah and to the New Year, with both new music and traditional carols; an emotional journey through the holiday season.

Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) is one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles; it performs in many of the city’s iconic venues and events and records and premieres works by America’s finest composers and lyricists. Regularly on stage with the New York Pops in its Carnegie Hall subscription series, televised on NBC’s July 4th Macy’s 2014 Spectacular Fireworks and the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting in 2011 and 2012, the ensemble comprises a talented roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers, dynamically fitted to the unique needs of each project. Among other national highlights, EVUSA participated in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural activities and held a month-long residency at National Public Radio.

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Thrive on Routine

Thrive on Routine


Adams, J L:

In a Treeless Place, Only Snow

Andres, T:

Thrive on Routine

Burhans:

Jahrzeit

Shaw, C:

In manus tuas

Gustave le Gray


Clarice Jensen (cello), Timo Andres (piano)

American Contemporary Music Ensemble

In many ways, this album represents the debut recording of ACME, American Contemporary Music Ensemble. The collection of pieces here was chosen for very pure and simple reasons; each work is a piece we love and to which we feel quite intimately connected. The performance of this music is an expression of affection and closeness, not just to each other as performers, but also to the composer who wrote it. Three of the four composers featured are also performers in ACME. It is music that feels very close.

The privilege of performing this music for others has shaped each of us individually and as an ensemble, and these pieces occupy a good part of the music ACME has performed as concert music.

It was also chosen for this album, to exist on recorded media, because it is work that should exist in other scenarios beyond the concert experience: a long, slow walk; a frenetic commute; a late evening at home...

This curated selection of pieces comes from different but rhyming sonic worlds and is some of the music we have grown to love the most in this varied and fast-changing world.

—Clarice Jensen, ACME Cellist & Artistic Director

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. The ensemble presents music by living composers alongside the classics of the contemporary. ACME’s dedication to new music extends across genres, and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. NPR calls them “contemporary music dynamos,” and The New York Times describes ACME’s performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.” Time Out New York reports, “[Artistic Director Clarice] Jensen has earned a sterling reputation for her fresh, inclusive mix of minimalists, maximalists, eclectics and newcomers.” ACME was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.”

ACME’s instrumentation is flexible, and includes some of New York’s most sought-after, engaging musicians. World premieres given by ACME include Ingram Marshall’s Psalmbook, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Drone Mass, Caroline Shaw’s Ritornello, Phil Kline’s Out Cold, William Brittelle’s Loving the Chambered Nautilus, Jefferson Friedman’s On in Love, Timo Andres’ Senior and Thrive on Routine, Caleb Burhans’ Jahrzeit, and many more.

ACME has recorded with Max Richter (Sleep, 2015) and Jóhann Jóhannsson (Orphée, 2016) for Deutsche Grammophon, as well as for Butterscotch Records (Fantasias for String Quartet and Theremin, 2016), New World Records (Joseph Byrd: NYC 1960-1963, 2013), and New Amsterdam Records (On in Love, 2014 and Loving the Chambered Nautilus, 2012).

The ensemble’s many collaborators have included The Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Gibney Dance, Satellite Ballet, actress Barbara Sukowa, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Blonde Redhead, Grizzly Bear, Low, Matmos, Jeff Mangum, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Lionheart, and Theo Bleckmann.

“Adams’s sensuous ‘In a Treeless Place, Only Snow’ for string quartet, piano, celeste and two vibraphones, given a voluptuous, unashamedly Romantic account by the ACME players on remarkably sonorous form. In its warmth and detail, recorded sound matched these incisive performances.” The Strad, June 2017

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Raindamage

Raindamage


Hansson, U:

Þýð

Skin continuum

Sigurðsson:

Raindamage

Antigravity

Vilmarsson:

noa::ems

[:n:]


Nordic Affect

“Decades ago the Sugarcubes proved to the rest of the world that Icelandic rock was its

own original creation - now Nordic Affect promises to do the same for the country’s new music community.” —The Chicago Reader

Taking risks, buoyed by collaborative support, contributes to a developing, changing self.

Through collaboration we can transcend the constraints of biology, of time, of habit, and achieve a fuller self, beyond the limitations and the talents of the isolated individual. —John-Steiner, 2000 Raindamage is the fruit of artistic collaboration, a kind of a micro lab exploring the creative possibilities and processes involved in the making of an album. It is an attempt to unpack the ‘tacit processes of musical collaboration’ and immediately raises the question: how do you crack them open in order to gain a further insight, which in return can lead to new ways of doing?

At the heart of Raindamage are the most valuable systems of all: the collective and the collaborative. The Raindamage narratives are of course as many as the participants. In my instance, the continual tossing of the creative ball between my generous friend and colleague Valgeir Sigurðsson and myself, led to the creation of V A R P, an installation room which invites you into the nesting site of Raindamage: a space for ecological navigation. V A R P had its premiere already in November 2016 in Sweden, before the album release. This only goes to show the fast changing work paradigm here at the cusp of the 21st century. An unreleased album had already become a new work.

Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect has been hailed for its “affectionate explorations” (BBC Music Magazine) and “commitment to their repertoire” (Classical Music). Founded in 2005, Nordic Affect was formed by a group of period instrument musicians who were united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain. In 2013, the ensemble was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and was named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards in 2014.

Believing that music knows no boundaries, Nordic Affect has brought its music-making to contemporary and rock audiences alike and performed to critical acclaim at festivals such as TRANSIT festival (BE), Dark Music Days (IS), November Music (NL), BRQ Vantaa Festival (FI), Estonian Music Days (EE) and Iceland Airwaves (IS). Its members have individually performed and recorded with artists and groups such as The English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, Anima Eterna Brugge and Björk.

Valgeir Sigurðsson is an Icelandic composer and producer. As the editor and curator of the Bedroom Community label he founded in 2006, his work with the likes of Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Paul Corley, Sam Amidon and Daníel Bjarnason features a constantly evolving appreciation of the diversity of music in the world. His collaborators have included Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Feist, Damon Albarn, CocoRosie, Sigur Rós, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Brian Eno, Tim Hecker, Anohni, Oneohtrix Point Never and Alarm Will Sound. Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson has enjoyed a diverse career in music, be it as a member of Icelandic rock bands or the composers’ collective s.l.á.t.u.r. Infused with a passion for experimentation, his work has also extended to the realm of technology within the platform of LornaLab (Reykjavík Media Lab).

Úlfur Hansson made his mark on the music scene as an electronic music producer, live-improviser, orchestral composer and sound artist. Hansson graduated in composition from Mills College (CA), and his work earned him a win as young composer at the 2013 International Rostrum of Composers. Commissions have included works for the Tectonics festival curated by Ilan Volkov and the Kronos Quartet’s project Fifty for the Future.

“A melding of musical genres is at play in this experimental, atmospheric disc: spiky strings skate across a chilly landscape; electronics add a cold wind in the title track.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ***

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Melia Watras: 26

Melia Watras: 26


Arad:

Esther

Toccatina a la Turk

Karpen:

Bicinium

Knox, G:

Stranger

Watras:

Prelude

Luminous Points

Viola Sonata

Photo by Mikel

Liquid Voices


Melia Watras (viola), Atar Arad (viola), Garth Knox (viola d’amore) & Michael Jinsoo Lim (violin)

26 features Melia Watras, Atar Arad and Garth Knox performing and sharing their own compositions. Composer Richard Karpen and violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim join the trio of violists/composers for an album made up entirely of world premiere recordings of works for viola, viola d'amore and violin.

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Early Americans

Early Americans


Bloom, J I:

Song Patrol

Dangerous Times

Nearly (For Kenny Wheeler)

Hips & Sticks

Singing the Triangle

Other Eyes

Rhyme or Rhythm

Mind Gray Matter

Cornets of Paradise

Say More

Gateway to Progress

Big Bill

Somewhere


Jane Ira Bloom (soprano saxophone)

You never know what American original soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom is going to do next. After the success of her Grammy Nominated 2014 all-ballads release Sixteen Sunsets Bloom shifts into another gear showcasing the kinetic energy of her acclaimed trio playing with the musicians that she knows best on Early Americans. It’s her first trio album, sixteenth as leader and sixth recording on the Outline label. Her sound is like no other on the straight horn and she lets it fly on every track. She’s joined by long-time bandmates Mark Helias on bass and drummer Bobby Previte and with over fifty years of shared musical history together the album is sure to be a winner. Bloom’s collaboration with Helias dates back to the mid 70s in New Haven CT and her unique chemistry with Previte has been ongoing since 2000. She brought the group together in summer 2015 to Avatar Studio B in NYC to capture their breathtaking sound in both stereo and surround-sound with renowned audio engineer Jim Anderson. The album features twelve Bloom originals ranging from the rhythmic drive of “Song Patrol” and “Singing the Triangle” to the spare melancholy of “Mind Gray River”. She closes the album with a signature solo rendition of the American songbook classic, Bernstein and Sondheim’s “Somewhere”. World-renowned portrait photographer Brigitte Lacombe contributes a stunning cover image of Bloom. “Playing in threes” has always held a special fascination for jazz artists - it offers the possibility that something can be slightly off balance and that’s just what fires the imagination of players like Bloom, Helias, and Previte. With Early Americans Jane Ira Bloom stands in the vanguard of her generation carving out new territory in the heart of the jazz tradition. Don’t miss this trio of “fearless jazz explorers who share a commitment to beauty & adventure”.

Soaring, poetic, quick silver, spontaneous and instantly identifiable are words used to describe the soprano sound of saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. She’s been steadfastly developing her singular voice on the straight horn for 35 years creating a body of music that marks her as an American original. She’s a nine-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association Award for soprano sax, the Downbeat International Critics Poll, and the Charlie Parker Award for Jazz Innovation and has collaborated with such outstanding jazz artists as Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Priester, Mark Dresser, Jerry Granelli, Matt Wilson, Billy Hart and Fred Hersch. Her 2014 all-ballads release Sixteen Sunsets was nominated for a Grammy Award for surround-sound. In addition she’s garnered numerous awards for her creativity including a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition and the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Award for lifetime service to jazz. JIB was the first musician commissioned by the NASA Art Program and was honoured to have an asteroid named in her honour by the International Astronomical Union (asteroid 6083janeirabloom).

A strong visual thinker, Bloom’s affinity for other art forms has both enriched her music and led to collaborations with other innovative artists such as actors Vanessa Redgrave and Joanne Woodward, painter Dan Namingha, cartoonist Jules Feiffer, director John Sayles and legendary dancer/ choreographer Carmen DeLavallade. Her long-standing interest in space exploration and neuroscience has lead to cutting edge recording projects inspired by outer and inner space. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Club Jazz @ Lincoln Center, St. John the Divine Cathedral and the Einstein Planetarium in Washington DC. She has composed several works commissioned through the Chamber Music America/ Doris Duke New Jazz Works Program including Chasing Paint, a series of compositions inspired by painter Jackson Pollock, Mental Weather, a suite of neuroscience inspired pieces, and recently Wild Lines, a jazz reimagining of Emily Dickinson’s poetry.

JIB has recorded and produced 16 album projects since 1977 for CBS, Arabesque, ENJA, Pure Audio and Artistshare Records, and founded her own record label (Outline Records). A professor at the New School for Jazz in New York City, she holds degrees from Yale University and the Yale School of Music.

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America Again

America Again


Arlen:

Over the Rainbow

Beach, A:

From Blackbird Hills, Op. 83

Berlin, I:

Blue skies

Bernstein:

For Stephen Sondheim

Bloch, E:

At Sea

Coleridge-Taylor:

Deep River

Copland:

Sentimental Melody

Ellington:

Melancholia

Gershwin:

I loves you Porgy (from Porgy and Bess)

Gould, M:

American Caprice

Hanson, H:

Slumber Song

Harris, Roy:

Li'l boy named David

Harrison, L:

New York Waltzes

Joplin:

Gladiolus Rag

Negrón:

Sueno Recurrente

Price, F:

Fantasie Negre

Sanford:

Promise

trad.:

Shenandoah

Visconti:

Nocturne (from Lonesome Roads)


Lara Downes (piano)

"This music is a tribute to the generations of Americans who dream the impossible: black and white, men and women, immigrants and pioneers. It tells the story of their journeys, their loves and longings, their hardships and their hopes. American music is made of everything we are, coming from so many different people and places, expressing so many different dreams.

I hope this music carries you wherever you chase your dreams – across the sea, over the river, down lonesome roads, even over the rainbow. You can hear in this very American music, born of very American dreams, a promise: that if we keep dreaming, maybe, someday, even our wildest dream will come true." (Lara Downes)

“Spirit-lifting music, essayed with great feeling and a touching sense of purpose; the DSD download sets new standards for piano recordings.” MusicWeb International, 22nd November 2016

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Bruno Bavota: Out of the Blue

Bruno Bavota: Out of the Blue


Bavota:

Beyond the Clouds

Breath

Dusk in the East

Heartbeat

Horizon

Lovers

Marea

Mountains

Mr. Rail

Out of the Blue

Passengers

Show

Warm Embrace


Bruno Bavota (guitar), J. Freivogel (violin), Michael Nicolas (cello), Bruno Bavota (piano)

Bruno Bavota is a Neapolitan composer and multi-instrumentalist. His intimate and warm piano recordings expresses a lyrical romanticism, a familiar sound caressing and surrounding the audience. Bavota cherishes the harmonies he creates and his gentle touch forms a peculiar sound recognizable at the very first notes.

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