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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VIDEO PREMIERE: Back to the Sky (Lambert x Ólafur Arnalds)

The heart of a song lives in the performer… Ólafur Arnalds In the spirit of collaboration that permeates the work of Icelandic musician & composer Ólafur Arnalds, this autumn will see the release of a collection of songs from his 2020 album some kind of peace reworked on the piano by a hand-picked group of…

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PREMIERE: Dum Aurora Finem Daret by Orange and Mountains

Formed four years ago after a chance meeting at a gathering in Aachen, Germany, Orange and Mountains is a project which founders Edoardo De Din and Lorenzo Pesci describe as “a musical conversation between two musicians, sound designers, producers, and friends”. Of course there is no conversation without language, and in the short time they…

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Sound Impression: Muqataea Reworks by Francesca Guccione

For her 2021 opus Muqataea, Italian composer & violinist Francesca Guccione blended strings with synths, beats, and audio samples to present a vibrant neoclassical vision of her Sicilian hometown of Modica.The title of the album is a word which means county in Arabic, a nod to the region’s history prior to being established as a…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: A Journey Through the Particles by Valeska Rautenberg

Imagine a piano song accidentally ending up in a Berlin night club… That is how Valeska Rautenberg frames “A Journey through the Particles”, the latest single from her forthcoming EP River Soul, the third in her Songs For Piano, Wind & Water series after Veins and Into the Still White. Born in East Berlin to…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Summerfallow by Michael Scott Dawson

The field recordings at the heart of Music For Listening by Canadian sound artist, multi-instrumentalist Michael Scott Dawson were originally collected with something different in mind, an album of prairie birdsong using fragments collected during walks through the pastures and farmland on the outskirts of his childhood hometown that never came to fruition. A phone…

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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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A Sense of Place: Rift by Hugar

Known as The Land of Fire and Ice, few places contain more wonder per square mile than Iceland. The only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea-level, its central volcanic plateau is constantly erupting. For longtime friends Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson who make up the duo Hugar, there is musical inspiration to…

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