Monthly Archives: February 2018

20180128_100543 cropBruce Gertz – Blueprint
Jeff Palmer – Ease On
Sigi Finkel – Sweet Sue
Eric Dolphy – Iron Man
Eric Dolphy – Conversations
Julius Hemphill – Blue Boyé
Julius Hemphill – Roi Boyé & The Gotham Minstrels
John Luther Adams – In the White Silence
David Moore – No Home of the Mind (solo piano)
Ralph van Raat, John Adams – Complete Piano Music
John Adams – Fellow Traveler
Igor Stravinsky – Works of, disk 9: Symphony in Three Movements, Symphony in C, Symphony of Psalms

and a lot of Philip Glass that isn’t already listed below:
Philip Glass – Satyagraha
Philip Glass – the Illusionist
Philip Glass – Kundun
Philip Glass – Animals in Love
Philip Glass – Notes on a Scandal
Philip Glass – North Star

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Michael Winter – lower limitMichael Winter – lower limit (New World Records 80798-2)

Michael Winter is a composer, but also co-curator and co-director of the wulf., the non-profit arts organization that presents experimental music in Los Angeles. Presented on this CD are five compositions of contemporary minimalism and music with pure tones (just intonation tuning). necklaces for guitar and tones opens with a throbbing, droning microtonal chord that eventually includes a guitar pulse. The pulse remains the same, the chord slowly changes. mass and band, for virginal and harpsichord pluck along with much microtonal splendor for almost 12 minutes. Chorale and finely tuned resonators, for eight sustaining instruments evolves as a slow drone. Plucked guitars return on lower limit, pitches tuned to intervals from the harmonic series. Necklaces (solo version) returns at the end of the disc with a single guitar playing the only the repeating pulse, harmonics ringing out from the string are the stars.

The dense liner notes in the accompanying booklet by the composer explain his personal compositional approach. A breath of fresh air for ears in these troubled times.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter. Feb. 22, 2018

Steve Lacy and Derek Bailey – Company 4
Mette Henriette – Mette Henriette
Tomasz Stanko – Ossian
Jack DeJohnette – Audio-Visualscapes
Vince Mendoza – Instructions Inside
Evan Parker – Hasselt
Peter Garland – Moon Viewing Music
John Luther Adams – everything that rises
John Luther Adams – the Place We Began
John Luther Adams – Four Thousand Holes
Michael White – lower limit
EIS Guitar Quartet, Ralph Towner – Confluence
John Mauceri – Schoenberg in Hollywood
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Sicario
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything
Stephan Crump – Planktonic Finales
Jon Irabagon – It Take All Kinds
Enrico Rava – Katcharpari
Jack DeJohnette – Sound Travels
Third Coast Percussion – Paddle to the Sea
David Cunningham – Water


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