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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Sound Impression: On Paper by Nebel Lang & Ishmael Cormack

In Nebel lang and Ishmael Cormack, we have two artists with distinctly different takes on electroacoustic minimalism collaborating for the first time and finding a way to mesh their styles seamlessly to produce something quite special. Nebel lang is actually but one of several pseudonyms under which one half of our duo works. It is…

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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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Sound Impression: Formations by Julia Gjertsen

Julia Gjertsen is a composer & musician who was born in Russia but grew up in the northern part of Norway playing the piano from a young age. She is currently based in Oslo where she continued her studies in music and sound design and composed for contemporary dance and other commissioned productions. Though her…

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