Playlist (so that I can be free).

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A weekly tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including recordings featuring Matthias Urban, Erica Dicker, Steve Roach, Jason Lescalleet, and Vanessa Rossetto.

On the Record: May 11, 2018

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This week in On the Record, celebrating the birthday of provocative sound artist, producer, and label impresario Jason Lescalleet. Plus, dozens of listings for new and upcoming releases.

You Should Be Following: Theresa Kim

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Theresa Kim's drive, ingenuity, and passion to provide young musicians from around the globe with quality training and a chance to collaborate led her to found International Music Sessions, a flourishing festival.

Profiles in Disruption: Tanya Tagaq

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Profiles in Disruption: The Inuk vocalist Tanya Tagaq, whose distinctive throat singing is at once a roar of furious indignation and a cry of proud resistance, will be honored in the 2018 National Sawdust Gala

Ellen Reid: Transforming Colors and Big Ideas Into Sound and Action

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Ellen Reid, whose 'dreams of the new world' has its world premiere by the Los Angeles Master Chorus at Walt Disney Hall May 13, talks about her background, her process, and working with young women composers.

Profiles in Disruption: Joyce DiDonato

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Profiles in Disruption: The mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, whose artistic mission has taken her to the world's greatest stages and to working with prison inmates, will be honored in the 2018 National Sawdust Gala.

Playlist (get up and fly away).

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A weekly tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including recordings featuring Kate Carr, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Midori Takada, Maria de Alvear, and Henry Threadgill.

On the Record: May 4, 2018

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This week in On the Record, dozens of listings for new and forthcoming releases of contemporary classical music and jazz, electronic and electroacoustic music, and plenty more.

Dave Holland: A Seasoned Explorer Sails into Uncharted Territories

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Veteran bassist, composer, and bandleader Dave Holland talks about early encounters with the English free-improvisation scene, and his return to open-form music on 'Uncharted Territories,' coming on May 11.

Lesley Flanigan: Sound, Intuition, and Process

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National Sawdust Log checks in with composer, vocalist, and instrument builder Lesley Flanigan, who presents a substantial premiere at Red Bull Music Festival New York on May 9.