New Releases: Contemporary Music (May 2018)

Gráinne Mulvey

New Releases: Contemporary Music (May 2018)

A round-up of new contemporary music releases

Featured below: Gráinne Mulvey & Christopher Fox, Marc Sinan & Oğuz Büyükberber, James Tenney, The Hands Free, and Kali Malone. Plus The Irish Composers Collective recent concert recordings. 

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Gráinne Mulvey & Christopher Fox: Aeolus / untouch – New Music for Electronics
Divine Art Recordings
18 May 2018

Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey displays her mastery of electronic colour in this double-album with Aeolus, composed for an installation by sculptor Mark Garry using an Aeolian harp. Paired with this is Christopher Fox’s melodic work for performed sine waves, untouch



Marc Sinan/Oğuz Büyükberber: White
18 April 2018

The guitar/clarinet duo bring together the languages of experimental jazz, Turkish music, field records and contemporary music in this intense and absorbing album, containing two five-part works by each composer. 


James Tenney: Harmonium
New World Records
May 2018

Scordatura Ensemble performaselection of American composer James Tenney’s works, exploring aural perception, acoustic phenomena andharmony. In addition to the title track, the album features an arrangement for strings of electroacoustic composition For Ann (rising), the meditative Two Koans and a Canon, and later tape-delay work Voice(s).


The Hands Free: The Hands Free
New Amsterdam
25 May 2018

TheHandsFreearea New York-based quartet of composer/performers, with James Moore (guitar/banjo), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion) and Eleonore Oppenheim (bass), who perform semi-improvised sets unamplified. This album is a live recording from a converted church in New York. 


Kali Malone: Cast of Mind
Hallow Ground
8 May 2018

Sweden-based American artist Kali Malone’s Cast of Mind is a four-track experimental sound work that uses woodwind and brass together with asynthesiser, exploring harmony and tunings. 



Irish Composers Collective: In Dialogue 2 w/Percussion live

The Irish Composers Collective have uploaded live recordings from their recent In Dialogue concert with percussionist Alex Petcu, with new works by Paul Scully, Johanna Hearty, Sinéad Finnegan, Raeghnya Zutshi and Killian O’Kelly.


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Published on 25 May 2018

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