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Music for Wood and Strings

Brassland - Red hot’s dark was the night, brassland’s recently released compilation MusicNOW: 10 Years, the Barbican’s Mountains & Waves festival. These instruments—designed in collaboration with bryce—are a cross between a hammer dulcimer and an electric guitar, distorted then crisp, shifting at will between a hum and a roar and always hypnotic, lending the album its uniquely electrified and various soundscape— pointillist then hazy, melodic and engrossing.

Dessner is the clear winner in terms of name recognition because of his work with today’s most popular independent musicians. The appeal of all three parts of this equation should not be understated. Music for wood and strings is the official follow-up to Bryce Dessner’s 2013 solo debut Ahyem. The new yorker has praised them for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.

Music for Wood and Strings - Three: aron sanchez of the duo Buke and Gase built the Chordstick, the original instruments upon which the music was made. Two: so Percussion performed it. And it should also make it onto the radar of Buke and Gase fans, an iconic band whose place in underground pop imagines an intersection between Cocteau Twins, Shellac and Reggie Watt.

Weighing in at 35 minutes in length, “Music for Wood and Strings” is the most ambitious piece of music Dessner has released to date. Matmos, dan deacon, Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. However, sō percussion—taking after ensembles like Kronos Quartet—have redefined what it is to be a contemporary music ensemble, equally comfortable in the worlds of indie and art music.

Roomful of Teeth

New Amsterdam - Garbus's tunes find a range of world-inspired grooves, Inuit rhythmic pulsing, from African pygmy yodels, and Appalachian hymn tunes to bracing eastern European belting, all filtered through her powerful compositional voice. During their annual residency at the massachusetts museum of Contemporary Art, yodeling, in their summer 2012 residency, belting and pop techniques, Inuit throat singing and, the ensemble has studied Tuvan throat singing, new techniques from Sardinia and Korea.

Roomful of teeth's debut album features seven composers who each incorporate the ensemble's polystylistic virtuosity in unique ways. Shrink-wrapped. New amsterdam co-directors judd greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and William Brittelle each contribute debut pieces highlighting Roomful's blazingly unique skill set.

Roomful of Teeth - Founded in 2009 by brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth consists of eight classically-trained vocalists. Shrink-wrapped. One of this generation's most dynamic vocal talents, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, contributes two stunning compositions. From rinde eckert's neo-alpine yodel "cesca's View" to Caleb Burhans's post-minimalist take on bel canto singing in "No", the album breathes fresh life into the a cappella landscape.

Dessner: St. Carolyn By The Sea; Greenwood: Suite From 'There Will Be

Deutsche Grammophon - Carolyn by the sea, performed with the Copenhagen Phil and conducted by Andree de Ridder. Dessner presents three pieces of modern classical music, written from the perspective of a rock musician who is keenly aware of the raw emotional impact music any music can have on an audience. With this album, which also showcases a suite drawn from Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwoods soundtrack for There Will Be Blood, Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood open up a new frontier for symphonic music.

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Dessner: St. Carolyn By The Sea; Greenwood: Suite From 'There Will Be - Despite this broad spectrum of influences, his voice remains individual and distinct. Never before have classical and rock converged in such an organic, compelling and sensual way as they do in the three short orchestral works written by and featuring The National guitarist Bryce Dessner on his new release St.


4AD - Planetarium is a concept album that occasionally gives way to ambient interludes and majestic brass chorales, buttressed by a percussive drive that keeps the momentum skyward. Planetarium is an album co-composed by four musicians: Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister, and Sufjan Stevens. The album includes some of his most diverse vocal performances to date from soft hush to guttural scream, vocoders, auto-tune or not, and whether he’s singing through effects pedals, his voice delivers an ambitious flight map through the cosmos.

In spite of all the experimentation in sound and style, Sufjan’s vocals provide a clear and coherent center of gravity. The subject of the album is not just the wilderness of outer space, but the interior space of human consciousness and how it engages. Double lp with wide spine gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves and lyrics.

Planetarium - The result of this creative alliance is a musical and aesthetic journey as far-reaching as its subject: from lush piano ballads to prog-rock political anthems, curious electronic back-beats to classical cadenzas, the vast musical styles seek to explore the diversity and mystery of our cosmos. Flanked by a string quartet and a consort of seven trombones, this unique collaborative ensemble has assembled an expansive song cycle that explores the Sun, the Moon, song, the planets and other celestial bodies of our solar system and beyond through soundscape, science and myth.

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Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector

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Six Evolutions - Bach: Cello Suites

Sony Classical - For almost six decades, comfort and joy during times of stress, they have given me sustenance, celebration and loss. Sony classical is proud to announce the release of Yo-Yo Ma's new album Six Evolutions Bach Cello Suites, his third and final recording of these works. Shrink-wrapped. The august release of six evolutions also signals the beginning of a two-year, six-continent journey in which Yo-Yo Ma will devote himself to Bach s music, playing all six Cello Suites in a single setting in familiar and unlikely locations.

What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times?" Ma is more convinced than ever of the suites ability to create shared meaning that extends far beyond the here and now. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. The suites collective vision at once divergent and coherent, empathic and objective reminds us of all that connects us despite an increasingly discordant public conversation.

Six Evolutions - Bach: Cello Suites - Bach's cello suites have been my constant musical companions, " Ma writes of the music. Bach and his cellos suites entered yo-Yo Ma s life when he was four, when he learned the first measure of the Prélude to Suite No. Six evolutions bach: cello suites will not only offer an essential encapsulation of what this music means now to one of the world's most celebrated artists, it begins a new chapter in the cellist's 58-year relationship with this music.

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Piano Concertos by Glass + Bach - Circles

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Nonesuch - Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Laurie anderson and kronos quartet's landfall, inspired by her experience of Hurricane Sandy, is the first collaboration between the iconic storyteller/musician and the groundbreaking string quartet, who perform together on the recording. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped.

Landfall juxtaposes lush electronics and traditional strings by Kronos with Anderson's powerful descriptions of loss, from water-logged pianos to disappearing animal species to Dutch karaoke bars. The washington Post calls it "riveting, gorgeous. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped.


Nonesuch - Two recent pieces from the acclaimed composer; one for winds, strings piano & electric bass + one for two vibes & two pianos. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped.

The Doors Collection Collector's Edition

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment - All three videos were personally directed by Ray Manzarek, who first met Jim Morrison while they were both attending the UCLA film school. This special edition features ray, John Densmore and Robby Krieger on the analog tracks, along with Doors engineer and producer "L. A. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped.

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