In Review: Michigan Trees

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Brin Solomon reports on a workshop performance of 'Michigan Trees,' a new fairy-tale opera by Grey Grant, in which a protagonist's desire to transform is endangered by conflicting personas.

Playlist (A Gradual Thickening of the Air).

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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 Unsuk Chin, Minor Pieces, Regular Music, and Formanex.

On the Record: October 11, 2019

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This week in On the Record, listen to (and watch) an exclusive premiere of a track from Phase Eclipse, a new album by Amirtha Kidambi and Lea Bertucci due in November on Astral Spirits.

In Review: Glenn Branca Ensemble

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The Glenn Branca Ensemble, reviewed by Vanessa Ague at Saint Vitus on what would have been its late founder's 71st birthday, offered immeasurable, unending odes to ascension.

Playlist (Heavy shredder).

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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 Wet Tuna, Pancrace, Kris Davis, Michael Gordon, and Jonny Greenwood.

On the Record: October 4, 2019

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This week in On the Record: new arrivals from John Croft, Kris Davis, Jessica Meyer, Minor Pieces, Jessica Pavone, Tomeka Reid, and Michael Vincent Waller, plus updated listings for dozens of upcoming releases.

Rhys Chatham: Music to Honor Nature and a Nurturer

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Rhys Chatham, whose new composition 'The Sun Too Close to the Earth' has its world premiere at Issue Project Room Oct. 4-5, talks to Steve Dollar about music, magic, and remembering Suzanne Fiol.

In Review: A Night of Women Composers

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Vivien Schweitzer reviews the opening night National Sawdust's fifth season, a mix of compositions and improvisations honoring Clara Schumann, Meredith Monk, Mary Lou Williams, and other distinguished creators.