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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PREMIERE: Dear by Daigo Hanada

This March will see the release of the long anticipated second full-length record by Japanese composer & pianist Daigo Hanada. The gap since his debut album Ichiru (2017) has encompassed an EP along with scattered singles and collaborations but also unfortunately the onset of a sudden and debilitating physical illness which has resulted in numerous…

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2021 in Review: Modern & Post Classical

From the intimacy of a solitary piano to the harmony of an ensemble or the mysterious alchemy forged in the studio where the analog is fused with the electronic, here is a selection of some especially memorable journeys in modern & post classical music released during the past year.

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Sound Impression: Basic Colours by Edward Sikorski

By his own admission, German composer & sound designer Edward Sikorski has thus far taken a relatively simple approach to his solo work born as much of impatience and practical limitations as aesthetic choice. By introducing a collaborative element on his new EP entitled Basic Colours, however, he has been finally been able to realize…

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Sound Impression: Pause by Poppy Ackroyd

There is a subtle irony in the title of Poppy Ackroyd‘s latest album Pause. It refers to the feeling of normal life being temporarily put on hold and was written during the convergence of two major events that would have unavoidable impact on creative process of this talented multi-instrumentalist & composer – the pandemic and…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Bråddjup by LUCHS

”I see the cliffs of Duncansby Stacks.The sea. Roaring wavesI want to descendTo be swallowed upBecome one. Become nothingBe everythingI want to be forgottenRemindedthat I am dust” Bråddjup is a Swedish word that translates as abyss or precipice. It is the word that musician and actor Patrik Berg Almkvisth chose for a piece recorded under…

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TRACK PREMIERE: Whist by Simeon Walker

Last autumn, we had the opportunity to premiere a beautiful song called “Captive” by pianist & composer Simeon Walker from Winnow, a record that saw him collaborating with a variety of guest musicians to create multilayered arrangements to tell a deeply personal story. Now just over a year later, Walker returns with a modest collection…

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STREAMING PREMIERE: Iris Arco by Tristan Eckerson

Cincinnati-based pianist & composer Tristan Eckerson is a true DIY artist who handles all aspects of the production of his music independently from recording, mixing, and mastering to artwork and cover art design. Well traveled both musically and geographically, he keeps himself busy with a steady creative output both under his own name and with…

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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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