In Review: Michigan Trees

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Brin Solomon reports on a workshop performance of 'Michigan Trees,' a new fairy-tale opera by Grey Grant, in which a protagonist's desire to transform is endangered by conflicting personas.

In Review: Glenn Branca Ensemble

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The Glenn Branca Ensemble, reviewed by Vanessa Ague at Saint Vitus on what would have been its late founder's 71st birthday, offered immeasurable, unending odes to ascension.

In Review: A Night of Women Composers

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Vivien Schweitzer reviews the opening night National Sawdust's fifth season, a mix of compositions and improvisations honoring Clara Schumann, Meredith Monk, Mary Lou Williams, and other distinguished creators.

On the Record: September 20, 2019

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This week in On the Record, a chat with Nate Cross, whose ecstatic-jazz and experimental-music imprint Astral Spirits is celebrating its fifth anniversary in fiery style. Plus, dozens of listings for new and upcoming releases.

In Review: Lara Downes

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Drawing upon two recent albums and welcoming a handful of well-chosen guests, the pianist Lara Downes celebrated the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birthday in a National Sawdust recital.

On the Record: September 13, 2019

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This week in On the Record, the violinist Jennifer Koh turns a pair of boundary-defying recitals into a compelling new album. Plus, dozens of listings for new and upcoming releases.

In Review: Stephen Gosling

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Surrounded on three sides by audience members onstage, pianist Stephen Gosling gave the world premiere of a wildly imaginative extended composition by John Zorn to open the Miller Theatre's new season.

In Review: Kamala Sankaram, Looking at You

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'Looking at You,' a devastatingly smart, immersive techno-noir opera by Kamala Sankaram running through Sept. 21 at HERE, questions the reliability of technology, reviewer Olivia Giovetti reports.

On the Record: September 6, 2019

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This week in On the Record: Boston pianist and new-music advocate Sarah Bob shows her range on a revealing new solo CD. Plus, dozens of listings for new and forthcoming recordings.

In Review: Chris Kallmyer, Ensemble

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In 'Ensemble,' reviewed by Catherine Womack at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, composer and artist Chris Kallmyer uses melodies, harmonics, visual input, and audience participation to evoke sensations of connection.