Composer Michael Vincent Waller released Five Easy Pieces, a digital EP of solo piano pieces that sound very much in a vein that combines minimalist styles with French impressionism. Gumi Shibata and Jenny Q. Chai are the featured soloists on the recording.
Michael talks about the EP in this excerpt from the interview he did for The Glass Sho podcast. You can hear the interview in its entirety on the link below.
“Five Easy Pieces is a new EP I just released…Essentially, this is the beginning of my recorded career. I had always focused on live performance, composing and commissioned works, but recording was something I had been interested in, and this is my first offering, which, I think is music I want to hear. The EP is about creating a vibe of contemplation, a kind of hypnotic, relaxing introspection. Sort of philosophical while being emotional. The EP, although it’s only 25 mins, allows you to enter into that world and really experience it without being sort of overloaded, I guess.”
The Glass Shō: Episode 3a (Michael Vincent Waller)
Click here to purchase Five Easy Pieces by Michael Vincent Waller
Michael Vincent Waller (michaelvincentwaller.com)
Composer/saxophonist/bandleader Fred Ho, a truly unique artist who has been creating an interesting avant-garde blend of music featuring elements of jazz, big band, opera, and Asian folk and theatrical music, has sadly passed away on April 12 after battling metastatic colorectal cancer for the last 8 years. But it is very interesting to note that Fred Ho continues to keep his legacy going through his protégés, one of them his last student, composer Marie Incontrera. I heard about him when I interviewed her about the premiere of one of her works, and sure enough, I had the brief pleasure of meeting Mr. Ho that night at the show. Marie and I later spoke of interviewing Fred to preview a concert of his, but by that time, he’d become too ill to do an interview. Continue reading
Composer Rebecca Brandt sat down with me to discuss her new CD Numbers & Shapes: Revisited. It’s really a collection of remixed takes on the pieces from her first full-length CD simply titled Numbers & Shapes, but this was a different kind of project–while not involving Rebecca’s full-on expertise as an artist/composer (at least in real time), her focus was on the initial stems of the pieces and working in tandem with the mixing artists.
Below is an excerpt from our interview for The Glass Sho, which, by the way, can be heard in its entirety when you click on the link on the bottom or on The Glass Sho link on the top right.
“It was actually not originally my idea, it was a friend that came to me with the idea. I was actually looking to start a new project at the time, and I kind of wasn’t really sure if I wanted to do another full album by myself, or what I wanted to do, so, when this was presented to me, I thought it was a pretty neat idea. After we went over the logistics, and how we were actually going to go about doing it, it just seemed like it would be really fun! He knew lots of people that were interested, so it kind of worked out!
First, I had to be involved with the initial production when I had to get the stems together, and we did get to talk creatively about what we were looking for and the concept of the record, but really, we just kind of let the artists do their own thing and bring their own styles, and as you may have heard, a lot of the remixes don’t follow my songs at all, and some of them don’t even sound like they were taken from my stems, which I think is a really cool interpretation! Someone took these stems and these masters and manipulated them in such a way it made them unrecognizable, but used the same building blocks, and some of the other songs follow the stems more closely. I thought the interplay between the two modes was pretty neat!”
The Glass Shō: Episode 1–Rebecca Brandt discusses Numbers and Shapes: Revisited
Click here to purchase Numbers & Shapes: Revisited
Rebecca Brandt (rebeccabrandtmusic.com)
Pictured: Hotel Elefant
The 5th annual New York edition of the New Music Bake Sale is happening tomorrow from 4-11 PM at Roulette in Brooklyn. Once again, some of the greats of the new music field in NY are on hand to deliver fabulous sets of music AND raise funds for the music community through an array of yummy baked treats (and some CDs as well). Tickets for this event are 10 dollars a piece (and you even get a raffle ticket with that), so please come on over!
4PM: Exapno members Amirtha Kidambi, Matthew Gantt, and Ellen O’Meara
6PM: Rhymes With Opera
7PM: ensemble, et al.
8PM: Hotel Elefant
9PM: Talea Ensemble
THE 5th NEW MUSIC BAKE SALE
Sunday, MARCH 16 2014: 4pm-11pm
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
New Music Bake Sale (newmusicbakesale.org)
Pictured below, from L to R: Heather Meyer, Robert S, Cohen, John Eaton, Christopher Berg, Daniel Neer, Peri Mauer, Debra Kaye, Jennifer Griffith, Patricia Leonard, Christopher Oldfather, Sharon Harms, Valerie Gonzalez.
New York Composers Circle
New Music for Voice and Piano
St. Peter’s Church, NYC
March 6, 2014
Written by Ted Gorodetzky
Neither inches of unwelcome snow nor blustery winter temperatures can keep a good concert down. The proof was last week’s presentation of new music from the New York Composers Circle concert at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan. Forced to reschedule from their original January date due to weather none of us now miss, all composers and performers were remarkably able to reassemble on March 6th for a stimulating and varied evening that featured three premieres amongst the program of New Music for Voice and Piano. Continue reading
Chamber Music Sedona
The Danish String Quartet
St John Vianney Church
February 2, 2014
Here it is, my very first review from my new home in Sedona, AZ!
And how timely is it that this wonderful ensemble, the Danish String Quartet, have a show right on the weekend of my very first week being here? I could not have planned this any better!
And all people are talking about otherwise on this day was the Super Bowl ;) I couldn’t even see it anyway since the place I was staying at didn’t have cable.
St. John Vianney Church at first seemed like a very unlikely place for a progressive chamber concert, but remembering having seen Lisa Moore doing
something considerably more experimental at a previous event at a NY church, it then felt like the norm. Continue reading
Left, Zara Lawler, flute; right, Paul Fadoul, marimba
The flute and marimba duo Lawler + Fadoul had a few mintues to discuss their CD Prelude Cocktail, which you folks should most certainly pick up, it is a really cool collection of preludes transcribed for the 2 instruments by these very gifted artists.
You can purchase/download the album here or on the link on the bottom.
CM: I want to start off by saying I was quite blown away by this album, it sounds incredible! The thing is, I really enjoy hearing the art of transcription–It’s so special, and some people are probably wondering how it’s so special when it’s music that already exists, but it just gives a whole other sound to something. And these pieces you guys did are mostly written for the piano–Of course, I love the piano, but it has this really cool, sort of chimey elegance with the marimba. And the flute takes up the melody. It’s a nice, fresh approach. BTW, I feel like I just said everything you were going to say, so forgive me…
Zara: That’s ok, I don’t think we would have come up with the phrase “chimey elegance”, but…
Paul: We like “chimey elegance”! Continue reading