Alexander Schubert : combining different musical styles with contemporary classical concepts

Alexander Schubert (1979) studied bioinformatics and composition. Schubert’s interest explores cross-genre interfaces between acoustic and electronic music, combining different musical styles (like hardcore, free jazz, popular electronic music, techno) with contemporary classical concepts. Schubert has participated in his youth and early career in the above-mentioned genres both in groups and as a solo artist. Furthermore … Continue reading Alexander Schubert : combining different musical styles with contemporary classical concepts

Thomas Demenga : Bach Suites for Cello, summary of critical reviews

"If I don’t feel too good,” writes Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga, “I go to my studio and play one or two suites – it’s a mental cleansing process.” Plenty of musicians turn to Bach for solace or recalibration; the question is, who can translate that personal connection into something usefully meaningful to other people? Swiss … Continue reading Thomas Demenga : Bach Suites for Cello, summary of critical reviews

François Couturier : French pianist + Tarkovsky Quartet make genre-defying music

“I believe that the music belongs to the true interpreter, the true artist,” said 20th century Spanish composer and pianist Federico Mompou. “Here is the music. What does it suggest to you?” German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist François Couturier took that challenge head-on in their album, Moderato cantabile. Though Moderato cantabile is Lechner and … Continue reading François Couturier : French pianist + Tarkovsky Quartet make genre-defying music

Gleb Kanasevich : composer, experimental musician, and clarinetist

Gleb Kanasevich is a clarinetist, composer, and experimental electronic musician. He has appeared as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Belarus National Philharmonic, soundSCAPE Ensemble, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and more. As a resident artist, Gleb has been featured on the stages of Spoleto Festival USA, soundSCAPE Festival for Contemporary Music … Continue reading Gleb Kanasevich : composer, experimental musician, and clarinetist

Old Hat Records : Vintage American Music

Old Hat Enterprises was founded in 1994 by collector Marshall Wyatt in order to promote awareness of American vernacular music and to research its history. Old Hat conducts field work and maintains archives of sound recordings in various formats, with an emphasis on 78 rpm records of the prewar era. Other holdings include oral history … Continue reading Old Hat Records : Vintage American Music

Arvo Pärt : Kanon Pokajanen – Tõnu Kaljuste, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Kanon Pokajanen is a work of starkly radiant beauty, a deeply felt plea for forgiveness so resonant it seems to bear its own expiatory power.   Over two years of intense quality time with the work, Part produced an 80-minute choral setting of the entire canon that mines each word of the original Church Slavonic for … Continue reading Arvo Pärt : Kanon Pokajanen – Tõnu Kaljuste, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Richard Barrett : creating meaningful alternatives to what we hear around us

Richard Barrett (Swansea, 1959) is internationally active as composer and performer, and also teaches at the Institute of Sonology in Den Haag and at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University. His work encompasses a range from free improvisation to intricately-notated scores, and from acoustic chamber music to innovative uses of digital … Continue reading Richard Barrett : creating meaningful alternatives to what we hear around us