Toàn is a French sound designer based in England who has a wonderful gift for blending jazz, hip-hop, ambient, classical and avant-garde music into one very pleasant jumble.
Ezequiel Viñao is an avant-garde composer originally hails from Argentina, but is now an American citizen based out of New York City. This particular piece is performed by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, with Paul Hillier serving as conductor.
I normally find tribute albums done hours after the death of someone to be ghastly and in poor taste, but Scanner does an honorable job paying homage to Pierre Henry.
I am well aware that some of my friends and colleagues hate this song, considering it near the bottom of Pierre Henry’s musical canon. So be it. The reason I’m featuring this tune, however, is for two reasons. First, it was my introduction to Henry’s work. I wasn’t much of a hard-rock guy, and Spooky …
Another debt of thanks is owed to the good Al Clark, who posted this treasure on another account. Martin Hannett is known as the producer who brought the best out of so many bands from Factory Records. He put together this paean to English musique concrete composer Delia Derbyshire, who did wonders for the BBC’s …
Pierre Henry, legendary pioneer in the field of musique concrète, passed away today. He was 89. More to come on his passing shortly.
Burkina Electric are a very interesting Burkinabé avant-pop featuring drummer, percussionist and composer Lukas Ligeti. Burkina Faso must have quite a few hidden treasures worth hunting for.
The Amadinda Percussion Group does honor to this Lukas Ligeti composition. For more on Lukas, read this New York Times writeup here.
Garth Knox’s name is very familiar to me, as he was a member of the Arditti Quartet, whose interpretations of contemporary classical composers are flawless. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is a new name, as is the instrument he’s performing on, the hardanger d’amore.
Santiago Fradejas’ album came as quite a surprise, not only to me, but to him. He’s a friend to this blog, and in my estimation, is among the most important young composers of the 21st Century, as well as being one hell of a fine guitarist. This new album came from an explosion of creativity …