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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New This Week
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons – Boston Symphony Commissions – compositions by Timo Andres, Eric Nathan, Sean Shepherd, and George Tsontakis (Naxos)
Dave Douglas – Engage (Greenleaf Music) Colin Hinton – Simulacra (New Focus) Amirtha Kidambi/Lea Bertucci – Phase Eclipse (Astral Spirits; read a related article here) Moor Mother – Analog Fluids of Solid Black Holes (Don Giovanni) Square Peg Round Hole – Branches (National Sawdust Tracks) David S. Ware New Quartet – Théâtre Garonne, 2008 (AUM Fidelity) Dan Weiss Trio Plus 1 – Utica Box (Sunnyside) Wobbly – Monitress (Hausu Mountain)
(☆ – newly listed this week)
Akiyama/Field/Vidic – Interpersonal Subjectivities (Astral Spirits)
☆ Fatima Al Qadiri – Atlantics (original film score) (Milan/Sony) The Chutneys – Home (Gold Bolus)
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) ☆ Lori Goldston – Things Opening (Second Editions) Anne Müller – Heliopause (Erased Tapes) Andrea Parkins & Matthew Ostrowski – Elective Affinities (Infrequent Seams) Pat Thomas, Dominic Lash & Tony Orrell – BleySchool (577 Records)
a.pe.ri.od.ic – for a.pe.ri.od.ic – compositions by Billie Howard, Kenn Kumpf, Nomi Epstein, and Michael Pisaro (New Focus) ☆ James Ilgenfritz – You Scream a Rapid Language (Infrequent Seams)
☆ Charles Curtis – Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 – compositions by Charles Curtis, Éliane Radigue, Terry Jennings, Morton Feldman, Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen, Alison Knowles, Richard Maxfield, and others (Saltern)
Exclusively on National Sawdust Log, watch a gorgeous animated-collage video for "My Magic Dreams Have Lost Their Spell," the title track from a forthcoming LP by composer and cellist Nick Storring.
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