Michael G. Cunningham – “Sonic Flight”
“Scattering Light, “Scattering Flowers”, the third release by composer Marty Regan
in the Selected Works for Japanese Instruments series was recorded in Japan, and
features large ensemble works for traditional Japanese instruments, including two
concertos. Composed for female voice, shakuhachi, and the relatively rare 25-string
koto, the title track is based on a deeply poetic text written by Japanese poet
Haruka Nakanashi that echoes with references to traditional Japanese noh theater.
The music of Irish composer Grainne Mulvey explores the juxtaposition of polar opposites, pitting the real against the synthetic in finely crafted and thought-provoking works. “Akanos”, an all-Mulvey album on Navona Records, includes seven of her works: Akanos for orchestra, a contrast of organic growth and jagged intersections; Shifting Colours, a back-and-forth between flute and synthesized flute; Steel-grey splinters, an exploration of unusual piano timbre through extended techniques; Syzygy for cello and tape, presenting acoustic and electronic in both conjunction and opposition; The Seafarer for soprano and tape, a take of mourning and hope; Gift of Freedom for soprano and tape, a celebration and liberation of life; and Soundscape III for flute and tape.
“Journeys after...”, the debut release on Navona Records by Welsh composer Brian Noyes, features two orchestral works that reference the life and works of John Clare - a Northamptonshire peasant-poet from the early 19th Century. Inspired by Clare's Journey Out of Essex - a poignant account of his escape from a mental asylum and his 80-mile walk home looking for his imaginary love, Noyes has sought to reflect
the poet's real and illusionary worlds as depicted in his evocative text.
F. Gerald Errante
“The Lyric Clarinet”, the new release on Ravello Records, showcases a collection of works, originally for voice, which are transcribed, arranged, and performed by international performing and recording artist F. Gerard Errante. Errante selected compositions from German, French, and North and South American composers that illustrate the affinity between the clarinet and the human voice.
Douglas Detrick's AnyWhen Ensemble
“The Bright and Rushing World”, the Navona Records debut from chamber-jazz group Douglas Detrick's AnyWhen Ensemble features composer and trumpeter Douglas Detrick's self-titled ten-movement suite, commissioned by Chamber Music America. This work, which George Grella called "impressively clear, inventive and compelling," (Big City Blog, 2.4.14) is not a pastiche of styles, but a thoughtfully-constructed hybrid of music with a unique and personal sensibility inspired by sources as diverse as Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Benjamin Britten and Igor Stravinsky.
Mathew Fuerst Quartet
“Polarities”, an album of new presentations in classical music, expresses the emotions, feelings, and scenes associated with opposites. The works on the album, by four composers, range from a piece for wind ensemble and the Chinese gaohu, to a piano
sonata, a chamber work, and works for orchestra. “Polarities” showcases the common
focus of polar opposites and points of view in the works of four composers.
Michael G. Cunningham
This 2014 reissue of Michael Cunningham's “Sonic Flight” showcases six works for orchestra that effectively illustrate the composer's adeptness at creating compelling large-scale compositions and presenting them through adroit, inspired orchestration techniques. The Violin Concerto is a vigorous, energetic exploration of the instrument's capabilities, pitting the soloist against an orchestra that seeks to both support and contrast in its accompaniment. Dialog for Orchestra and Wind is balanced by its partner piece Diaphony for Orchestra and Wind Trio, with both compositions featuring evocative colors and sonorities. Kaleidescope lives up to its name, spinning abstract, disparate musical concepts in order to finally blend them all into a cohesive whole.
(Italy) / March 23, 2014
Inner Drive – “Oasis”
Habitat – “Utensilios y Artilugios”
Sparcle In Grey – “Calendar”
Magnetic Sound Machine – “Inspired by the Snow Goose”
Qirsh – “Sola Andata”
Chaos – “Tecnica Mista”
Inner Drive is a Russian progressive rock / fusion band playing instrumental music. The band was founded in Moscow in 2006 as a trio of keyboards, drums and bass. Later, however, its instrumentation was expanded with violin, flute and guitar. Their debut album, "Oasis", consists of 10 tracks recorded from 2007 to 2013.
(UK) / March 23, 2014
Black Label Society – “Catacombs of the Black Vatican”
California Breed – “California Breed”
Ahead of the release of’s “Catacombs of the Black Vatican”, the new studio album by the Black Label Society, will be released on April 7th by Mascot Records. Formed by Zakk Wylde in the late ‘90s, Black Label Society has remained at the forefront of the heavy metal genre. Alongside this band, Wylde served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling "No More Tears," for which Wylde wrote all the music. “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is BLS’s first new studio album since 2009’s “The Order of the Black”, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
California Breed is the new rock and roll power trio featuring legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-vocalist Andrew Watt. Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the band’s self-titled debut album will be released in the UK on May 19th by Frontiers Records. The album will be released in regular CD and CD/DVD Deluxe Edition formats.
Iconic guitarist Steve Hillage and his band System 7 join forces with Japan’s leading progressive rock band Rovo for their first-ever UK tour, which starts this month in Manchester.