Travelogue: New sounds for a new year

While it may have been a year to forget in many ways, 2022 left us with plenty of fine music to savor thanks to the irrepressible creative drive of the artistic community. Having spent the better part of the past two weeks immersed in a great deal of that music, it is time to take…

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2022 in Review: A Sense of Place and Time

The act of creating a sense of a place or capturing a moment in time is a fairly common motif in a great deal of instrumental music, especially ambient, but it is intrinsically at the very core of these works released in 2022. Some are personal narratives or depictions of landscape either real or imagined while…

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Duologue: A conversation with Svaneborg Kardyb

Svaneborg Kardyb are the multi award-winning Danish duo of Nikolaj Svaneborg (Wurlitzer, Juno, piano) and Jonas Kardyb (drums, percussion) based in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city. The by-product of fruitful early morning sessions caffeinated with “the blackest of coffee”, Over Tage (‘over roofs’) marks their Gondwana debut where it is right at home among such intrepid explorers of jazz-leaning experimental music as…

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A Sense of Place: Bluets by Ah! Kosmos & Büşra Kayıkçı

Absence makes the heart grow fonder may have become a hackneyed phrase over the years, but it acknowledges a poignant truth that is at the heart of a remote collaboration between sound artist & composer Başak Günak, aka Ah! Kosmos, and pianist/composer Büşra Kayıkçı. Distance magnifies the people and things you miss most is the…

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Duologue: A conversation with Brueder Selke

Currently based in Potsdam, Germany, Sebastian and Daniel Selke began releasing music together under the moniker of CEEYS, a portmanteau that references their primary instruments (Sebastian on cello and Daniel on keyboards). Born in East Berlin before the wall fell dividing it from the West, much of the music these two very talented brothers created has…

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Duologue: A conversation with Jason Van Wyk

My first introduction to the music of South African producer and composer Jason van Wyk was his 2016 contribution to the Eilean Records project, an entrancingly lush foray into piano-centric post-classical electronica called Attachment. He followed the next year with the equally exquisite Opacity, this time on the venerable Home Normal imprint. Jason made a…

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PREMIERE: Marienborn by Brueder Selke

Born in East Berlin before the wall fell dividing it from the West, and now based in Potsdam, brothers Sebastian & Daniel Selke began releasing music together under the moniker of CEEYS, a clever portmanteau that references their primary instruments (Sebastian on cello and Daniel on keyboards). Their last album, 2020’s Hausmusik (Neue Mesiter), marked…

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PREMIERE: Firebirds by Snowdrops

Described as “a musical fresco in seven pieces”, Missing Island will be the third album from Snowdrops, a French chamber collective comprising multi-instrumentalists Christine Ott and Mathieu Gabry accompanied by violist Anne-Irène Kempf. A sequel to Volutes, which gained recognition as one of the top 10 contemporary albums of 2020 by The Guardian, the new…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: III by Collisions

A coming together of a musical kind, Collisions is a new project from pianist/clarinetist Tom Hodge, multi-instrumentalist Ciaran Morahan, and drummer Ollie Howell that lives up to its name, a meeting of creative forces that creates a dynamic exchange of energy. The origins of the project go all the way back to 2009 when Hodge produced a…

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