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
Christina Courtin with the Knights – Situation Station (In a Circle)
Alex Dowling – Reality Rounds (Carrier)
Ross Goldstein – Timoka (self-released) Alex Hills – OutsideIn – performances by Aisha Orazbayeva, 12 Ensemble/James Weeks, EXAUDI/James Weeks, Jacob Brown, and 4|12 Collective/Adam Hickox (Carrier) Jason McMahon – Odd West (Shinkoyo; see related Log article here.) Pauline Oliveros/Stuart Dempster/Panaiotis – Deep Listening (Important; vinyl reissue of 1989 New Albion release, with bonus material) Dan Rosenboom – Absurd in the Anthropocene (Gearbox/Orenda)
(☆ – newly listed this week)
Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/Matthew Putman – Whoadie (577 Records) Fonema Consort – Vistas Furtivas—The Music of Juan Campoverde (New Focus) David Lang – the loser – Rod Gilfry, Conrad Tao, Bang on a Can Opera Ensemble/Lesley Leighton (Cantaloupe Music)
Fred Lerdahl – Music of Fred Lerdahl, Vol. 6 – performances by Tom Kraines, Daedalus Quartet, Elizabeth Fischborn, Edwin Barker, Movses Pogossian, David Starobin, Toke Møldrup, and Odense Symphony Orchestra/Andreas Delfs (Bridge)
Wolff Parkinson White – Favours (self-released)
Anastassis Philippakopoulos – piano works – Melaine Dalibert (Elsewhere)
Ben Verdery – Scenes from Ellis Island (New Focus) yMusic – Ecstatic Science – compositions by Gabriella Smith, Missy Mazzoli, Paul Wiancko, and Caroline Shaw (New Amsterdam)
CP Unit – One Foot on the Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown (Ramp Local; see related Log article here) Jan St. Werner – Molocular Meditation (Editions Mego) Dave Sewelson – More Music for a Free World (Makahala Music)
☆ Evan Johnson – Forms of Complaint – performances by Peter Neville, ELISION, Graeme Jennings, Mieko Kanno, EXAUDI/James Weeks, and Mabel Kwan (Kairos)
LEYA – Flood Dream (NNA Tapes) ☆ Liza Lim – Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus – performances by Sophie Schafleitner, Lorelei Dowling, Klangforum Wien, Peter Rundel, and Stefan Asbury (Kairos) ☆ Patrick Ozzard-Low – In Opposition – performances by Andrew Zolinsky and Elisabeth Smalt (Kairos)
Bent Sørensen – Concertos – performances by Leif Ove Andsnes, Martin Fröst, Tine Thing Helseth, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Da Capo) Various artists – APNM: Chamber Music, Vol. 1, and Computer + Electronic Music, Vol. 2 (New Focus)
Brooklyn Rider – Healing Modes – compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Du Yun, Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and Caroline Shaw (In a Circle)
Cenk Ergün – Sonare & Celare – JACK Quartet (New Focus) Horse Lords – The Common Task (Northern Spy)
☆ Chicago Underground Quartet – Good Days (Astral Spirits)
Hasco Duo (Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Jesse Langen) – The Same Old Wonder – compositions by Hasco Duo, Ravi Kittappa, Morgan Krauss, Luis Fernando Amaya, and Jonathan Sokol (New Focus) ☆ The Necks – Three (Northern Spy)
Webber/Morris Big Band – Both Are True (Greenleaf Music)
☆ Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble – Dawn Chorus – compositions by David Biedenbender, Molly Joyce, Rob Deemer, Jeff Herriott, Phil Kline, Ashley Stanley, Alexandra Gardner, Paula Matthusen, Patrick Harlin, Betsey Biggs, and Niko Schroeder (Innova)
This week in On the Record, a new album by the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble offers an electrified mix of chamber music, improvisation, and more. Plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.
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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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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Carla Bley, Dave Douglas, Riot Ensemble, and Ludvig Forssell.
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This week in On the Record, the ingenious composer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe evokes the early history of Western music, aided by artificial intelligence. Plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.
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