Evolution Contemporary Music Series 2012 ~ Kickstarting a New Season

Baltimore, MD-based music series Evolution Contemporary Music Series has launched a Kickstarter campaign, and they would like your participation.

This year, the series, founded by composer and Peabody Institute faculty member Judah Adashi (whom we are about to speak to) will have special nights devoted to composers Missy Mazzoli, John Luther Adams, György Kurtág and Kaija Saariaho.

You can donate to the Kickstarter drive here or on the link on the bottom.

CM: Talk about the series for people playing catch-up, and what can we expect from it this season?

Judah: Chris, thanks for your interest in what we do! The Evolution Contemporary Music Series is a Baltimore-based concert series dedicated to the music of living composers. Since 2005, we’ve presented or premiered works by over 75 composers, with performances by acclaimed musicians from Baltimore and beyond.

In addition to the music, our events often feature pre-concert conversations. Our guests have included Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Pulitzer Prize-winning composers (and Peabody Institute faculty members) Kevin Puts and Christopher Rouse; and music critics Tim Page (Washington Post) and Alex Ross (New Yorker).

Our eighth season promises to be one of our best and most ambitious to date, with evening-length celebrations of music by four of today’s finest composers: Kaija Saariaho, György Kurtág, Missy Mazzoli and John Luther Adams. Continue reading

CD Review: Cornelius Dufallo, Journaling

On Cornelius Dufallo‘s  Journaling, the composer-violinist’s first CD since departing from the ensemble Ethel, we are given a truly sonic view of the modern violin as observed by many modern perspectives from both the violinist (through his interpretations as well as his own compositions) and the six other composers that contributed to the album. From the dry, unaccompanied pieces (raw, but most certainly not simplistic) to the looped and layered production-oriented pieces, Dufallo has demonstrated here that his role in that field is well-stated as a multi-tiered interpreter, and it could never be shattered. Continue reading

My Year-End Picks for 2011…Sort Of

This being the end of the year, and the fact that this is a music-oriented blog where I’ve been keeping up (or trying to keep up with) the artists and relevant releases, I have to confess that I don’t really have the extensive lists that people have been posting on their respective pages. BUT I do like these a lot, and having listened to them all the way through as one should (I listen a few times before I write about them), I can safely say they are worthy of inclusion for any kind of year-end best releases list.

A big reason for the short list is simply because I’m unemployed and don’t have the money to purchase CDs like I used to. There have been a few opportunities to hear some great recordings that I will definitely list on here as my favorites for the year, but it just won’t be a Top 50 or Top 25.

And even though it’s comprised mostly of classical/new music, I’ve decided the addition of Mark Mandeville and This Frontier Needs Heroes (both being indie folk recordings) is not so crazy given that lots of people have hip-hop and rock on their lists with the classical releases. Continue reading