[Music] Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch – Époques

This was an accidental discovery, found browsing Youtube for new music, and it looks like luck was on my side today, as I would probably have not found out about Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, a French pianist who has enthralled me this evening. On her Bandcamp website, there is an incredibly detailed essay with notes discussing the […]

[Music] Tijana Stanković – Freezer

Tijana Stanković is a composer from Serbia who offers a work played on a prepared violin and vocals.  From her Bandcamp site on LOM Records out of Slovakia: Freezer is an album of raw and emotive improvisations by Serbian violinist-vocalist Tijana Stanković. Her chosen theme, the proverbial ‘freezer’, makes for a stark setting, serving as […]

[Music] Various Artists – Serein: A Compilation (FREE)

Welsh ambient record label Serein had a banner year publishing rather incredible releases by bands like Hauschka, Olan Mill and Brambles.  This free sampler gives a synopsis of what gems this imprint has available. This is wonderful headphone music for a grimy Beijing winter.

[Music] Reza Solatipour – The Gate

Reza Solapitour is a dark ambient musician based out of Tehran, Iran, discovered by the best ears in experimental music, Raffaele Pezzella of Eighth Tower Records. The album is booming, eerie and spacious, as though one had the sensation of floating in a cave.  Quite a powerful release.

[Music] Richmond Avant Improv Collective – Chance Operations

As I finally had a long stretch of time where I could actually enjoy hearing whole albums again, I decided that RAIC would be Album Number One today.  What a revelation this one has turned out to be! According to the collective’s Bandcamp website for this release, “Chance Operations was inspired by John Cage’s “Silence.” […]

[Music] Mikhail Chekalin – Symphony​-​Phonogram

Mikhail Chekalin deserves at least as credit for being a leading light in electronic music and New Age music as artists like Klaus Schulze, Peter Frohmader or Vangelis.  That might be a provocative statement to some who enjoy this kind of music, but I think the comparison stands, as Mikhail has been releasing quality music […]

[Interview] Alessandra Celletti

A few days ago, I had the honor of interviewing Italian pianist Alessandra Celletti, one of the most creative composers active today.  I came to know her work thanks to an old business partner named Michael Sheppard, who became her champion until his passing a few years ago. Without further ado, here is Alessandra:   […]