On the Record: January 31, 2020

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This week in On the Record: Carrier releases a new album of deliriously lovely auto-tuned vocal consort music composed by Alex Dowling. Plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.

In Review: Sydney Festival

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Xenia Hanusiak reports from the Sydney Festival in Australia, probing in depth provocative creations offered by composer Liza Lim and pianist Bernadette Harvey.

In Review: Ultraschall Berlin

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Peter Margasak reviews the 2020 Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, a concert series in which the most successful performances were those that pushed against the grain.

Playlist (Um, Listen).

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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 Darragh Morgan & John Tilbury, Clara de Asís, Eva-Maria Houben, and Scott Johnson.

On the Record: January 24, 2020

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This week in On the Record: Check out an impressive career-overview set devoted to the cellist Charles Curtis and the composers he has championed, plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.

Object Collection: D.I.Y. Ethics and Essential Chaos

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As Object Collection brings its newest opera, 'You Are Under Our Space Control,' to La MaMa Jan. 23-Feb 2, Kara Feely and Travis Just talk to Greg Nahabedian about Fugazi, John Cage, Sun Ra, and happenstance.

New Music Preview: Jason McMahon

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Listen to an exclusive preview track from 'Odd West,' an engrossing new album of acoustic-guitar reveries by Brooklyn indie-music stalwart Jason McMahon, due Jan. 31 on the Shinkoyo label.

In Review: PROTOTYPE Festival 2020

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Looking back at everything PROTOTYPE had to offer in a more compact but still wide-ranging 2020 festival, Brin Solomon discusses what worked, what struggled, and what might have been avoided.

Playlist (Interstellar Our Escape).

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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 Anáhuac, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Meara O'Reilly, and Michael Gielen.

On the Record: January 17, 2020

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This week in On the Record: Check out an immersive collection of contemporary Armenian music, lovingly curated by violinist Movses Pogossian, plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.