Starkland releases engaging, compelling recordings of alternative
classical, experimental, and avant-garde music.
Spruceland Music, Inc. is a publicly-supported, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization
devoted to the creation, documentation, development, appreciation, and promotion
of alternative classical, experimental, and avant-garde music through the
production of high-quality recordings, released on the Starkland label, of
new music of high artistic, educational, or historical worth not otherwise
available. You can donate
Starkland’s two most ambitious projects have focused
on surround sound. For the label's Immersion DVD (released in 2000), Starkland
commissioned 13 leading-edge composers to create pieces for high-resolution
surround sound. Sources such as Pro Sound News and Billboard have recognized
Immersion as the first such recording in history. The commissioned composers,
all of whom created their first high-resolution surround-sound pieces, are:
Paul Dolden, Paul Dresher, Ellen Fullman, Phil Kline, Lukas Ligeti, Ingram
Marshall, Merzbow, Meredith Monk, Bruce Odland, Pauline Oliveros, Maggi Payne,
Carl Stone, and Pamela Z. Immersion has been praised in such publications
as Stereophile and Sound & Vision.
Starkland's other surround sound project
involved commissioning a major, 65-minute surround sound composition from Phil
Kline. Around the World in a Daze is a ten-movement work,
presented in four audio formats along with 80 slides from the composer, found
on the first disc of the double-DVD release. The second disc offers an extended
34-minute interview with Kline about this music (conducted by John Schaefer)
and a music-video MEDITATION (run as fast as you can) with music and video
by Kline. Daze is likely the largest composition ever commissioned
for a high-res surround recording.
Starkland’s releases have been praised
for their adventurous music, high quality sound, excellent performances, and
informative liner notes.
also offers CDs from other labels, including Paul Dresher's Slow
Steve Mackey's Ravenshead.
Starkland is distributed by Naxos of America. Our recordings are available at such online sources as Amazon.com and virtually all digital sources, such as iTunes and Spotify.
Starkland composers include Charles Amirkhanian, Phillip Bimstein, Martin Bresnick, Tim Brady, Phyllis Chen, Mary Ellen Childs, Nathan Davis, Tod Dockstader, Paul Dolden, Paul Dresher, William Duckworth, Robert Een, Fred Frith, Aaron Jay Kernis, Phil Kline, Guy Klucevsek, Lukas Ligeti, Keeril Makan, Ingram Marshall, Merzbow, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Vincent Persichetti, Somei Satoh, Carl Stone, Lois V Vierk, Pamela Z, and John Zorn.
The International Contemporary Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Ethel Quartet, Todd Reynolds, Either/Or, Todd Reynolds, Lisa Moore, Ashley Bathgate, Jenny Lin, and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra are some of the musicians on Starkland’s CDs.
Starkland’s recordings have been praised in The
New York Times, Gramophone, Stereophile, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times,
Billboard, Fanfare, Washington Post, American Record Guide Chamber Musician
Today, Sequenza21, Boston Globe, Sound & Vision, New York Magazine, UK’s The
Canada’s Musicworks, and France’s Revue & Corrigée.
Starkland’s releases have also been featured on such national radio
programs as NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition
Liner notes for Starkland releases have been written by such distinguished figures as John Adams, Allan Kozinn, Laurie Anderson, Sarah Cahill, Geeta Dayal, Kyle Gann, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Bill Morrison, Pauline Oliveros, John Schaefer, and Elliott Sharp.
Starkland was founded in 1991 by Thomas Steenland, who continues to serve as Executive Director.
Starkland was pleased to have receive official tax-exempt
status from the IRS several years ago. But we need your support to continue our innovative,
engaging projects. Read more about how to donate.