On the Record rounds up details about new and pending recordings of interest to the new-music community: contemporary classical music and jazz, electronic and electroacoustic music, and idioms for which no clever genre name has been coined, on CD, vinyl LP, cassette, digital-only formats… you name it.
This list of upcoming release dates is culled from press releases, Amazon and other online record stores, social-media posts, and similar resources. Dates cited correspond to U.S. release of physical recordings where applicable, and are subject to change. (Links to Amazon, where used, do not imply endorsement.)
These listings are not comprehensive—nor could they be! To submit a forthcoming recording for consideration, email information to email@example.com.
New This Week
Binary Canary – iterative systems (Carrier) Glenn Branca – The Third Ascension (Systems Neutralizers) John Croft – Seirēnes – Richard Craig, Diego Castro Magaš, Emma Richards, Alice Purton, Séverine Ballon, Marij van Gorkom (First Hand) Kris Davis – Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic) Hannes Kerschbaumer – schraffur – performances by Krassimir Sterev, Klangforum Wien, Schallfeld Ensemble, Arditti Quartet, two whiskas, ensemble chromoson (Kairos) Jessica Meyer – Ring Out – Miranda Cuckson, Jessica Meyer, Caleb van der Swaagh, Andrew Yee, Nicholas Tamagna, Adam Marks, and Roomful of Teeth (Bright Shiny Things) Minor Pieces – The Heavy Steps of Dreaming (Fatcat) J. Pavone String Ensemble – Brick and Mortar (Birdwatcher) Tomeka Reid – Old New (Cuneiform) Richard Rijnvos – Riflessi – Ives Ensemble (Nimbus Alliance) Voxfire – Fontis (Orenda) Michael Vincent Waller – Moments – R. Andrew Lee, William Winant (Unseen Worlds) Otto M. Zykan – Violoncellokonzert; Beethoven’s Cello – Heinrich Schiff, ORF Radiosymphonieorchester Wien/Leif Segerstam, Vienna Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta (Kairos)
(☆ – newly listed this week)
☆ Morton Feldman – Patterns in a Chromatic Field – Mathis Mayr, Antonis Anissegos (Wergo)
Ernest Hood – Neighborhoods (Freedom to Spend; reissue of 1975 Thistlefield release) Devonté Hynes – Fields – Third Coast Percussion (Çedille) Bill MacKay and Katinka Kleijn – STIR (Drag City; related article here) ☆ Enjott Schneider – Mozart & Beethoven Meeting Yin & Yang – performances by Juliana Koch, Wu Wei, and the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Gaudenz (Wergo) ☆ Christopher Tignor – A Light Below (Western Vinyl)
Komeshi Trio – The Master Speaks Thrice (Astral Spirits)
Cassandra Miller – Bel Canto; Traveller Song; Tracery: Hardanger; Tracery: Lazy, Rocking – Juliet Fraser, Plus-Minus Ensemble (all that dust) Tim Parkinson – piano music 2015-16 – Mark Knoop (all that dust) Georgia Rodgers – A to B; Late lines – Serge Vuille, Séverine Ballon (all that dust) Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kontakte – George Barton, Siwan Rhys (all that dust)
Ilia Belorukov & Vasco Trilla – Laniakea (Astral Spirits)
Colin Fisher Quartet – Living Midnight (Astral Spirits)
Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby – Zoning (Astral Spirits)
Jan Garbarek/Hilliard Ensemble – Remember me, my dear (ECM)
Guerilla Toss– What Would the Odd Do? (NNA Tapes; related article here)
☆ Michael Harley – Come Closer – compositions by John Fitz Rogers, Stefan Freund, Carl Schimmel, Fang Man, Reginald Bain, Caleb Burhans, and Jesse Jones (New Focus)
Jim James, Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra – The Order of Nature (Decca Gold; related article here)
Per Störby Jutbring – The Thief Bunny Society (Hoob)
Petros Klampanis – Irrationalities (enja-Yellowbird) Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter 4: Memphis (Constellation) Saariselka – The Ground Our Sky (Temporary Residence) Kathleen Supové – Eye to Ivory – compositions by Mary Ellen Childs, Guy Barash, Nick Didkovsky, Randall Woolf, and Dafna Naphthali (Starkland)
Ka Baird – Respires (RVNGIntl.)
Kit Downes – Dreamlife of Debris (ECM) Mary Halvorson & John Dieterich – a tangle of stars (New Amsterdam) ☆ Ted Hearne – Hazy Heart Pump – performances by Miki-Sophia Cloud, Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet, Ashley Bathgate, Ron Wiltrout, Diana Wade, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, and Argus Quartet (New Focus) Jenny Lin – The Études Project, Volume One: ICEBERG – compositions by Iceberg New Music and others (Sono Luminus) Maciej Obara Quartet – Three Crowns (ECM)
Gerald Cleaver & Violet Hour – Live at Firehouse 12 (Sunnyside) CUP – Spinning Creature (Northern Spy)
Dither – Potential Differences – compositions by Eve Beglarian, Gyan Riley, Paula Matthusen, Jascha Narveson, Joshua Lopes, James Moore, Ted Hearne, Taylor Levine, and James Tenney (New Focus) Nick Dunston – Atlantic Extraction (Out of Your Head) Julia Hülsmann Quartet – Not Far from Here (ECM) Keith Jarrett – Munich 1996 (ECM) Remy Le Boeuf – Assembly of Shadows (SoundSpore) Mareike Wiening – Metropolis Paradise (Greenleaf Music)
☆ Zosha Di Castri – Tachitipo – performances by Ekmeles, Talea Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Julia Den Boer, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Yarn/Wire (New Focus)
☆ exclusiveOr – MODULES – performances with Architeuthis Walks on Land and International Contemporary Ensemble (Carrier) Todd Marcus – Trio+ (Stricker Street) Eri Yamamoto Trio & Choral Chameleon – Goshu Ondo Suite (AUM Fidelity)
Robert Ashley– Automatic Writing (Lovely Music; vinyl reissue of 1979 release)
Robert Ashley – Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) – Varispeed with Amirtha Kidambi and Tom Hamilton (Lovely Music) Pat Thomas, Dominic Lash & Tony Orrell – BleySchool (577 Records)
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