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John Luther Adams: Become Desert

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American composer John Luther Adams has long felt a connection with the natural environment, and Become Desert marks the conclusion of a trilogy he never intended to create. Become River (2010) was followed by 2013's Become Ocean (Cantaloupe Music, 2014), which won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2014.

Become Ocean divided the orchestra ...


Robert Black: Possessed

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Double bassist Robert Black (a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars) became fascinated by the desert landscape around Moab, Utah after an invitation to play at a music festival there. He improvised this entire site-specific environmental duet “on location" over the course of three days in August, 2013. The project was documented with video ...

Catching up with Cantaloupe Music: Terminals Quartets, Field Recordings, Ilimaq, Anthracite Fields, Become Ocean & Discreet Music

Read "Catching up with Cantaloupe Music: Terminals Quartets, Field Recordings, Ilimaq, Anthracite Fields, Become Ocean & Discreet Music" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cantaloupe Music is the record label created by the three founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can organization--composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe--with Bang on a Can managing director Kenny Savelson. Since its 2001 founding it has featured music from Bang on a Can and other contemporary musicians making concert music a ...


Derek Bermel - Alarm Will Sound: Canzonas americanas

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Canzonas Americanas è un'intrigante lavoro di sintesi del compositore e clarinettista americano Derek Bermel eseguito dallo strepitoso ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Ritratto originale di un'America poliglotta, poliedrica e multi-identitaria, il CD contiene composizioni che narrano scorci di una nazione gioiosa e leggera. Si va da suite come “Canzonas americanas" (2010) e “Natural Selection" (2000) a pezzi ...


Sentieri Selvaggi: Zingiber

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Zingiber è il decimo CD dell'Ensemble Sentieri selvaggi (per leggere l'intervista clicca qui) che persegue con la formula antologica già adottata per AC/CD. A differenza del precedente, all'ascolto ora prevale la sensazione di una maggiore omogeneità e coerenza d'intenti, con una continuità sonora “interna" rintracciabile anche tra i diversi pezzi. Zingiber raccoglie un'ora di musica con otto tracce rispettivamente ...


Sentieri Selvaggi: Plays Gavin Bryars and Philip Glass

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In an effort to bring greater attention to composers and ensembles via low-priced digital downloads (hard CDs available only to members of its subscription-only Cantaloupe Club), Cantaloupe Music--the contemporary classical imprint that features projects by new music ensemble Bang on a Can and its members, alongside other modernist ensembles including string quartet Ethel and all-percussion So ...


Bang on a Can All-Stars: Brian Eno: Music for Airports (Live)

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When the innovative classical ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars released its version of Ambient music forefather Brian Eno's seminal Music for Airports (Virgin/Astralwerks, 1978) on POINT Music in 1998, it demonstrated how a composition seemingly far removed from the classical sphere could be absorbed into the legitimate canon. And although the studio version is already ...


Alarm Will Sound / Michael Gordon: Van Gogh

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For its third release on the intrepid new music classical Cantaloupe label, Alarm Will Sound shifts away from its chamber music interpretation of Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin (2005) to a piece of music that, while not exactly new, has been documented for the first time. Composer and Bang on a Can Artistic Co-Director ...


Michael Harrison: Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation

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Certain instruments lend themselves more readily to unorthodox tunings. The guitar, for example, is an instrument tailor-made for alteration, with artists like Joni Mitchell creating dozens of altered tunings, encouraging approaches not possible with conventional tuning. Classical pianist/composer Michael Harrison has devised a unique tuning for the far more unwieldy piano that, while it may drive ...


Evan Ziporyn: Frog's Eye

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In its brief existence, Cantaloupe Music has become one of the most intrepid labels in new music, and clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, has emerged as one of its most powerful compositional voices. One test of an artist's worth is his or her ability to take influences and create ...