Articles by Molly Sheridan
Amplifications is a snow storm of a record, a beautiful heap of sound with some sharp icicle edges buried inside, a 35-minute shower of glistening sonic elements that transfix the ear with their beauty and only reveal their true weight once the storm is over.
The content is relatively simple: a series of struck tones of varying speeds set against the drone of the sine wave.
Meet The Composer has launched a new online tool to generate increased audience engagement and public funding for composers of new music.
Christopher Theofanidis is a composer focused on the big picture. Whether scored for a full compliment of choral and orchestral musicians or a more conservative troupe of chamber players, his music carries aspects of his expansive approach to life and listening. Read the interview…
Following in the footsteps of composers such as Tan Dun, Chen Yi, Bright Sheng and Chou Wen-chung, composer Lei Liang was able to learn a great deal through their example, but he has also felt a particular need to make his own way and develop a voice uniquely his own.
Michael Hersch’s disc of two sonatas for unaccompanied cello showcases the kind of work that doesn’t miss the emotionally engaging forest for the technically sophisticated trees.
The upcoming release of Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12 Records) featuring the Mary Halvorson Quintet, is very much an outgrowth of Halvorson’s exploratory spirit.
The biggest reason for fans of culture to run out and see Music Makes a City, a new documentary directed by Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler, might be the core suggestion it makes: that when times get tough, the talented get bold.
Planets, the latest release from Brooklyn lit rockers One Ring Zero, proves itself to be made up of lovely, carefully crafted music that dips into a whole mess of genre styles and timbral possibilities.
Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony stands quite eloquently in contrast to the 21st century’s love affair with the endlessly copyable digital file. While CDs have been traded for the instant gratification of the easily distributed MP3, Perich has shifted the frame and managed to make the fragile plastic jewel case once again worthy of shelf space.