A Conversation with Michael Scott Dawson

Michael Scott Dawson is a Canadian sound artist, multi-instrumentalist and community builder who explores ambient and electro-acoustic compositions through synthesis, field recordings, tape loops and manipulations. While much of his solo and collaborative work focuses on efforts to reconcile his relationship with music and technology, he is also a member of the free jazz collective…

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Field Journal: Piano Day 2022

Another Piano Day has come and gone and once again much has transpired on this planet during the trip it has taken around the sun since last year’s 88th day and not much of it has been good. For anyone new to the blog or not already familiar, Piano Day is a celebration founded on…

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Sound Impression: Open by Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola

Prior to connecting on social media a little over a year ago, Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola were strangers despite both being active players in the Finnish music community for years. Tapani’s career as a saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer on commissioned and collaborative works as well as solo releases dates back to the mid-1980s while…

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Sound Impression: Restful Spaces by Harry Towell and Guy Gelem

A collaboration between two fathers-to-be separated by over 2000 miles, Restful Spaces makes an eloquent case for the universality of musical expression and its ability to connect people. The album was created by composer & sound artist Harry Towell (aka Spheruleus) based in Lincolnshire, UK and Israeli cellist/guitarist/composer Guy Gelem during the period awaiting the…

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PREMIERE: Toumani by Tom Rogerson

As founder off the electronic rock band Three Trapped Tigers and curator of Proof Positive improv nights in East London, pianist, keyboardist and composer Tom Rogerson is no stranger to the studio and concert & festival stages around the world, but it was in a church next to his parents’ home in his Suffolk where…

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A Sense of Place: Positano Songs by Will Ackerman

If you know the music of Will Ackerman, I’ll wager you will remember exactly where you were when you heard it for the first time. For me, it was in a record shop in Richmond’s Carytown where I was used to hearing much more energetic fare while browsing around. Will’s 1981 masterpiece Passage was spinning…

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Sound Impression: Fictions by Sérine

Franz Kirmann is a French electronic musician based in London who has been releasing music since 2006 both as a solo artist and with composer/multi-instrumentalist Tom Hodge as part of electronic/post-classical crossover project Piano Interrupted. Franz has recently added a new dimension to his work with a project dubbed Sérine which operates in the realm…

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Sound Impression: In Breath by Luke Gajdus

While many musicians in the neoclassical and ambient space embrace the solace listeners may find in their work, Luke Gajdus has chosen to pursue this avenue in a particularly proactive way. The pianist and composer who divides his time between London and Queenstown has obtained a master’s degree in Music Therapy and his performances are…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Slow Dance by Francesco Berta

After spending the last few years honing his skills as a composer for film and conductor of orchestral music, Francesco Berta returns to his primary instrument of the piano for a new solo release on the 1631 Recordings imprint. Entitled Between Lives, the idea behind the album is that of transition and new beginnings. It…

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