Ostravska banda - Ostravska banda On Tour
On Tour, their debut 2-CD release, includes live recordings of Ostravska banda's October-November 2010 European tour. The compositions presented are: John Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra; Petr Kotik: In Four Parts (3,6 and 11 for John Cage); Somei Satoh: The Passion; Bernhard Lang: Monadologie IV; Luca Francesconi: Riti Neurali; Peter Bakla: Serenade; Paulina Zalubska: Dispersion. Soloists include Hana Kotkova, violin; Thomas Buckner and Gregory Purnhagen, baritones; and Joseph Kubera, piano.
Elizabeth Hoffman - Pathological Curves
Violin on "sound Serrations" and "Pathological Curves"
"Blue" Gene Tyranny - The Somewhere Songs
This new recording by "Blue" Gene Tyranny includes the mysterious The Somewhere Songs cycle (1997-2001) for baritone voice and electronics, and The Invention of Memory (2003-2005) a lyrical discourse for baritone voice, string ensemble, guitar, and piano, The Somewhere Songs concerns friendships in or undergoing difficult circumstances. The narrator, in a sense, builds his own circumstantial world as he sings - the vocal part was composed first by singing spontaneously and the "transitional systems" (pitch/rhythm, etc., material) were derived from that vocal line to generate other acoustic and electronic parts. The question of the "true intentions" of the two former friends is of course left to the listener. The Invention of Memory is about the behavior and physiology of the brain.
Judy Dunaway - Mother of Balloon Music
MOTHER OF BALLOON MUSIC features compositions and improvisations by the balloon virtuoso herself, along with appearances by the FLUX Quartet, Tom Chiu, Damian Catera and Ryuko Mizutani. In "For Balloon and String Quartet" (commissioned by American Composers Forum), the astounding FLUX Quartet (Morton Feldman, Giacinto Scelsi, etc.) matches the extreme idiosyncrasies of the balloon note-for-note. Dunaway also performs searing improvisational duets with Chiu (founder of the FLUX) and creates industrial-tinged electro-improvisational pieces with sociopolitical transmission artist Damian Catera. Ryuko Mizutani (formerly of Kazue Sawai Ensemble) suspends space and time in Dunaways For Bass Koto with Balloons.
Matthew Welch - Dream Tigers
Andrew Sterman, clarinets; Matthew Welch, bagpipes
Alvin Lucier - Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas
Double CD release of of a four-part work, initiated in 1972 and recorded as presented here in 1983-4 and 2001. This reissues two long-out-of-print LPs on Lovely, with four added parts (the strings) released for the first time. A series of mostly solo instrument works for the likes of: clarinet, marimba, viola, voice, xylophone, violin, flute, glockenspiel, cello, horn, vibraphone. Performed by: Thomas Ridenour, William Winant, Dan Panner, Rebecca Armstrong, Conrad Harris, Susan Palma, Gregory Hesslink, James de Corsey. An absolute masterpiece of "interference sound.
ST-X Ensemble - Kraanerg
"I originated in 1954 a music constructed from the principle of indeterminism; two years later I named it "stochastic music." The laws of the calculus of probabilities entered composition through musical necessity... But other paths also let to the same stochastic crossroad -- first of all, natural events such as the collision of hail or rain with hard surfaces, or the song of cicadas in a summer field. These sonic events are made out of thousands of isolated sounds; this multitude of sounds, seen as a totality, is a new sonic event. This mass event is articulated and forms a plastic mold of time, which itself follows aleatory and stochastic laws. If one then wishes to form a large mass of point-notes, such as string pizzicati, one must know these mathematical laws, which in any case, are no more than a tight and concise expression of a chain of logical reasoning..." -- Iannis Xenakis, from Formalized Music, 1955
This release of Kraanerg contains extensive liner notes from Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.
ST-X Ensemble - Xenakis Complete Vol. 2 - Iannissimo!
Waarg (1988; wind quintet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, string quartet, bass)
Charisma (1971; clarinet, cello)
Analogiques A + B (1958; 3 violins, 3 cellos, 3 basses, electronics)
Thallein (1984; piccolo, wind quintet, trumpet, trumpet piccolo, trombone, string quartet, bass, piano, 2 percussionists)
Herma (1960-61; piano)
Palimpsest (1979; oboe, english horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quartet, bass, piano, 2 percussionists)
Performers: Paula J. Landry (flute, piccolo), Jacqueline Leclair (oboe, English horn), Michiyo Suzuki (clarinet, bass clarinet), Janet Grice (bassoon), Gregory D. Evans (horn), Wayne J. duMaine (trumpet, piccolo trumpet), Michael Seltzer (trombone), Jose Davila (tuba), James Baker (percussion), Dominic Donato (percussion), Joseph Pehrson (cues), Justin Rubin (piano), Conrad Harris (violin), Theresa Salomon (violin), Mary Whitaker (violin), David J. Bursack (viola), Dan Barrett (cello), Jennifer DeVore (cello), Matthew Goeke (cello), Robert Wenger (string bass), Richard Sosinsky (string bass), William Ellison (string bass), Paul D. Miller (electronics)
Tiny Tim - Prisoner of Love
A Tribute to Russ Columbo