Travelogue: Six String Journeys (Autumn 2022)

The guitar is an instrument for all seasons, but there is just something especially alluring about it as the waning days of summer give way to the golden light of autumn. In that spirit, here is a round-up of six excellent albums some of which released earlier in the year and some still to come…

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Travelogue: A Headphone Matinee

Who doesn’t enjoy curling up on the sofa over a weekend and taking in a film or binge watching a great television show? You can certainly do that with the productions shown here, but the focus of our little travelogue is the music that was created for each by a group of composers whose solo…

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Travelogue: A Gondwana Records Sampler

Gondwana Records is an independent record label founded in Manchester, England by composer/musician/producer Matthew Halsall in 2008 to shine a light on the talent he heard in the local clubs. Since then, it has become blossomed into a genuinely international label with additional offices in Berlin and London and a roster that boasts such well-regarded artists as GoGo Penguin,…

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PREMIERE: Fantasia Opening by Pêtr Aleksänder

Chiming bells and a lone piano set the scene in “Fantasia Opening”, as if summoning a gathering to take place. Different instruments answer the call … Thus, we are introduced to the first single from The Whole World Laid Out Before Me, the forthcoming new album by Pêtr Aleksänder, an alternative modern classical project from…

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Duologue: A conversation with Erland Cooper

This special duologue edition features composer Erland Cooper who should be well known to the readers of the blog from our coverage of his magically transportive trilogy of albums centered around his native Orkney (Solan Goose, Sule Skerry, & Hether Blether). Shifting focus some 700 miles, Erland kindly takes time to talk to us about…

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PREMIERE: Unfolding by Diana Yukawa

Since her debut album with BMG RCA at the age of 14, violinist Diana Yukawa has dazzled audiences at globally renowned venues such as Royal Albert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl and engaged in a wide range of collaborations from distinctive artists like Jeff Beck and Nitin Sawhney to orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic. Readers…

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Premiere: A White Gull Glides Overhead by Adrian Lane

Adrian Lane is a UK-based artists who creates instrumental neo-classical, ambient music and abstract textural mixed media paintings many of which can be found on the cover of his albums. Adrian has been in a rich vein of form lately not only with some beautiful records but also a commission by the Southend-on-Sea as part…

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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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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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