Video Premiere: Tangible by Bruno Sanfilippo

Read the liner notes of any album released in the past 18 months and you are more likely than not to see at least some reference to the coronavirus pandemic either as context for the making of the music or directly ties to its themes. Among those in the latter category, Bruno Sanfilippo‘s Tangible offers…

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Track Premiere: “Dora” by Olec Mün

The grandson of four Jewish refugees who escaped the Nazi regime in 1938 and emigrated to Argentina, Marcelo Schnock, aka Olec Mün, has played the piano since he was six years old. Now based in Barcelona, he is the first of his family in two generations to settle back in Europe and his forthcoming album…

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Travelogue: The Drones of Spring

When I first began to really diving into ambient music I was surprised just how much of what I liked what what was classified as ‘drone’. The name just seemed off-putting. For the uninitiated it appears to promise something monotonous, something to zone out to rather than tune into. As I quickly learned, however, in…

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Video Premiere: Piano Textures 5 II by Bruno Sanfilippo

Argentinian pianist & composer Bruno Sanfilippo released Piano Textures 1 in 2007 thus launching a series of thoughtfully sculpted, introspective works that have come to be among the most beloved recordings of his prolific catalog. The arrival of spring will bring with it the fifth volume in the collection recorded by Sanfilippo at his Onix…

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Travelogue: An Eilean Rec. Journey

Eilean Rec. is a non-profit independent French label founded on a rather original concept – a map of an imagined land populated with 100 points each of which corresponds to an album release. A little over five years since it began, that map is nearly complete and during that time, the label has introduced us to…

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Travelogue 2017.09.03: As Summer Fades

It is time for the slow fade of summer. The northern hemisphere starts to tilt away from the burning sun and the slanted light begins to take on a golden tint in the afternoons. The comforting crisp austerity of autumn awaits, but it is still warm, hazy, and verdant and a fine time to sink…

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Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri – La Equidistancia [ASIP]

La Equidistancia (‘the equidistance’) is an extraordinarily apt title for the first-fruits of a newly formed creative partnership between Leandro Fresco and Rafael Anton Irisarri just released by A Strangely Isolated Place. It can be seen as a nod to the meeting of creative minds over long geographical distances (Fresco in Argentina and Irisarri in New York)…

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Travelogue 2016.05.29: A modern classical weekend with 1631 Recordings

Take a look at the breadth of the 1631 Recordings catalog and you might find it hard to believe that the imprint was launched less than a year ago. Granted many of the releases are reissues and compilations, but they are impeccable selections of both albums and artists that deserve a wider hearing. Balancing these out…

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Sound Impression: Sebastian Plano – Open Recording Sessions

Born in Argentina and based in Berlin, Sebastian Plano is a modern classical composer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced two notable albums that will resonate strongly with fans of the work of Max Richter, Nils Frahm, and Ólafur Arnalds. Recently he was filmed performing a series of mesmerizing open recording sessions at Superbudda in Turin, Italy. Switching…

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