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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Sound Impression: A Closer Distance by Bruno Bavota & Chantal Acda

Collaborations between artists can be planned, but the kind of sweet serendipity that makes them magical cannot. It either happens or it doesn’t. The idea of Italian pianist & composer Bruno Bavota making an album with Dutch singer & musician Chantal Acda certainly had the potential to be a magical one. Bavota is known for…

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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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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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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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Album Premiere: Geneva by Blurstem and Elijah Bisbee

Sometimes you come across an album that just feels like home right from the first note – one you know you are going to keep close at hand and retreat into often. With its warm confluence of melody, mood, and texture and delicate blending of electroacoustic minimalism with cinematic flourish, Geneva by Chris Bartels, aka…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Morning After by Malcolm Parson

“In order to properly see where you are going, you must first remember where you’ve come from…” You could say that Malcolm Parson has gone places in life, both literally and metaphorically. Born in New Orleans, the cellist & composer moved to Atlanta at the age of 11 where where he began privately studying the…

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