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.

Album Review: Julia Wolfe, Fire in my mouth

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Julia Wolfe's oratorio 'Fire in my mouth' registers with intensity in a New York Philharmonic performance issued on Decca Gold, Brin Solomon asserts, even without its visual and spatial elements.