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
Julian Anderson – Poetry Approaching Silence – Nash Ensemble/Martyn Brabbins (NMC Recordings) Joanna Bailie – Artificial Environments – Plus-Minus Ensemble (NMC Recordings) Ka Baird – Respires (RVNGIntl.) Jennie Oh Brown – Giantess – compositions by Shulamit Ran, Carter Pann, Valerie Coleman, Misook Kim, and Augusta Read Thomas (Innova)
Michael Byron – Bridges of Pearl and Dust – Ben Phelps (Cold Blue)
Robert Carl – Splectra – Alison Bjorkedal (Cold Blue)
Kit Downes – Dreamlife of Debris (ECM) David Dzubay – all water has a perfect memory – performances by Orion String Quartet, Voices of Change, Miranda Cuckson, Barkada Quartet, Zephyr, Emily Levin, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Simin Ganatra, John Rommel, and David Dzubay (Innova) Ayman Fanous/Frances-Marie Uitti – Negoum (Mode) First Tone (Turk Dietrich and Duane Pitre) – Reactions (Spectrum Spools) Philip Glass – Annunciation – Paul Barnes, Brooklyn Rider (Orange Mountain Music) Magnus Granberg – Als alle Vögel sangen mein Sehnen und Verlangen – INSUB Meta Orchestra (INSUB) 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) David Lang/Mark Dion – anatomy theater – Marc Kudisch, Robert Osbourne, Peabody Southwell, Timur, International Contemporary Ensemble/Christopher Rountree (Cantaloupe Music) Jenny Lin – The Études Project, Volume One: ICEBERG – compositions by Iceberg New Music and others (Sono Luminus) Michael A. Muller – Lower River (Beacon Sound/1631 Recordings) Maciej Obara Quartet – Three Crowns (ECM) Miles Okazaki – The Sky Below (Pi Recordings) Meara O’Reilly – Hockets for Two Voices (Cantaloupe Music) PAT (Jacolby Satterwhite and Nick Weiss) – Love Will Find a Way Home (Pioneer Works Press) Michael Pisaro – Achilles, Socrates, Diotima (The Poem of Names, No. 2) – INSUB Meta Orchestra (INSUB) Matthew Sargent – Separation Songs – Eclipse Quartet (Cold Blue) David Sawer – Rumpelstiltskin – Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Martyn Brabbins (NMC Recordings) Conrad Tao – American Rage – compositions by Frederic Rzewski, Julia Wolfe, and Aaron Copland (Warner Classics)
(☆ – newly listed this week)
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)
Akiyama/Field/Vidic – Interpersonal Subjectivities (Astral Spirits)
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) Philip Glass – The Fall of the House of Usher – Jonas Hacker, Ben Edquist, Matthew Adam Fleisher, Nicholas Nestorak, Madison Leonard, Wolf Trap Opera, Inscape Chamber Orchestra/Joseph Li (Orange Mountain Music) Jacob Greenberg – Neo/Classic. – compositions by Elliott Carter, Phyllis Chen, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurice Ravel, and Igor Stravinsky (New Focus) Iceland Symphony Orchestra – Concurrence – compositions by Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Haukur Tómasson, Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, and Páll Ragnar Pálsson, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason (Sono Luminus) Daniel Lippel – Mirrored Spaces – compositions by Daniel Lippel, Karin Wetzel, Kyle Bartlett, Orianna Webb, Ryan Steber, Dalia Raudonikytė With, John Link, Sergio Kafejian, Sidney Corbett, Douglas Boyce, Ethan Wickman, and Christopher Bailey (New Focus) Mat Maneri Quartet – Dust (Sunnyside) Todd Marcus – Trio+ (Stricker Street) Dan Trueman – Songs That Are Hard to Sing – JACK Quartet, Sō Percussion (New Amsterdam) 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) Andrea Parkins & Matthew Ostrowski – Elective Affinities (Infrequent Seams) Pat Thomas, Dominic Lash & Tony Orrell – BleySchool (577 Records)
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