News: ICECommons Composer Residencies Announced

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Ross Karre, co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, talks about the group's new ICECommons Artists-in-Residence, the first six of whom have just been named.

Playlist (Something like a bird).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Rew, Christian Wolff, Ellen Arkbro, and John Zorn.

Video Premiere: Linda May Han Oh

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Ahead of Linda May Han Oh's National Sawdust show May 16, watch a video premiere from her new album, 'Aventurine,' which finds the bassist, composer, and bandleader celebrating creativity and evolution.

Playlist (Rainbow spirals round and round).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Sunn O))), the Dream Syndicate, Kyle Bobby Dunn, and Vanessa Rossetto.

In Review: ONE Festival

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At the 2019 ONE Festival mounted by Opera Omaha in April, individual vision combined with collaborative effort to create a broad range of successful, memorable experiences, Xenia Hanusiak reports.

In Review: The Handmaid's Tale

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Olivia Giovetti responds to a new Boston Lyric Opera presentation of 'The Handmaid's Tale,' the Poul Ruders opera based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, in an eerily timely site-specific production.

Playlist (Twisting all the knobs).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Jim O'Rourke, the Ars Combinatoria String Quartet, Rand Steiger, and Windhand.

Profiles in Innovation: Juliette Jones

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Juliette Jones, executive vice president of urban promotions at Atlantic Records and one of the recording industry's most influential pros, will be honored in the 2019 National Sawdust Gala.

In Review: Attacca Quartet

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Even when it's played in a literal crypt, the music of Caroline Shaw as played by the Attacca Quartet provides sensations of vitality and joy, related in a review by Rebecca S. Lentjes.

In Review: A Premiere by Songs of Solomon

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Brin Solomon reviews a powerful new oratorio-in-progress by Tracy K. Smith and Aaron Siegel, based on Civil War-era letters sent by African American soldiers and their families, as performed by Songs of Solomon.