NakedEye Ensemble: Storylines Crossing
“This young ensemble has shown a wonderful commitment to commissioning and championing new music, so I’m not surprised they’re releasing this ambitious, impressive album.”
– Lainie Fefferman
This debut recording of the NakedEye Ensemble helps refute the notion that contemporary classical music is isolated from the world we live in. Three works have a sociopolitical slant, and several pieces draw on the energy that rock offers.
The pieces are inspired by a wide variety of subjects, including: the Vietnam War; the infamous Attica Prison riots; the development of a “groovy” bass line; and the antics of catnip-fueled cats. Five of the six works receive their premiere recordings, and the sixth work presents a new music masterpiece in a new, unusual arrangement.
David Lee Myers: Ether Music
The “Darwin of electromagnetic lifeforms”
– Mark Dery
– The New York Times
– Steve Smith, The Log Journal
The music on this new “David Lee Myers: Ether Music” CD is distinctive and enticing. We hear an hallucinatory trip to a Martian jungle; irregularly accented bongos overlaid with frog-croaked arpeggios; a rapidly sputtering, helium inhaling synthesizer; a demented organ, gasping for life; all concluding with dorsal streaming, which presents a lovely, placid atmosphere, tinged with panpipe-like chuffing.
TOD DOCKSTADER: From the Archives
"Best of the Year List"
– Steve Smith, National Sawdust
“Best of the Year List”
– George Grella, The Big City Blog
“Throughout this 65 minute spyhole into Dockstader’s final thoughts, the fluidity of his technique and poetic vision impresses deeply.”
– The Wire
Carefully selected from over 4,200 sound files left behind by this electroacoustic master, who died in 2015, these were the last pieces composed by Dockstader, before dementia stopped his studio work.
The CD completes a long arc starting from Starkland’s initial release of the first two Dockstader CDs: Tod Dockstader: Quatermass and Tod Dockstader: Apocalypse.
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE:
On the Nature of Thingness
"Album of the Week."
"Winner: Best Contemporary Classical Album"
- Independent Music Awards
"Nominee: Best Contemporary Music Album"
- International Classical Music Awards
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), deemed “the new gold standard for new music” by The New Yorker, performs seven works by two exceptionally talented emerging composers, Phyllis Chen and Nathan Davis, on this CD. The innovative, modular ICE has been called “extraordinary” (New York Times), “bracing, illuminating, reassuring” (Financial Times), and “America’s foremost new-music group” (Alex Ross).