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

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American Contemporary Music Ensemble: A Night of New Classical at Joe’s Pub

Sequenza21 and Manhattan New Music Project present ACME in Concert
Joe’s Pub, NYC
October 25, 2011

Other than my highly-expensive coke and chocolate brownie (Thanks, Joe’s Pub food policy), the evening for the chamber group American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) left me feeling much more assured and happy I was there to capture it. It was quite a crisp, vital program in the intimate setting of Joe’s Pub, a place that one associates more with indie rock, but these days there’s hardly a chasm between the two anyway. Continue reading

Composers: Dale Trumbore

Dale Trumbore, originally a “Jersey Girl” but living in L.A. now, is yet another composer I know from the world of Twitter that has been making her mark on the world of new music during what seems like a renaissance of sorts. Along with a new album of art-song cycles titled Snow White Turns Sixty she is also about to have the New York premiere of her work for string quartet titled How It Will Go by ACME (The American Contemporary Music Ensemble). Dale even wrote her own article about the piece that was posted on Sequenza21. Having won numerous awards, grants (among them American Composer’s Forum Subito and USC’s Sadye J. Moss Composition Prize), and academic honors, besides composing, Dale has also been a teaching assistant at USC, and currently provides private piano instruction. She managed to find a window of solitude to talk to us. 🙂 Continue reading

CD Review: Dale Trumbore: Snow White Turns Sixty (Hollis Sings Trumbore)

The title piece is a series of songs (Of which the texts are all written by various contemporary poets) that are the classic fairy-tales re-imagined with a woman’s point-of-view. The work is bracketed by 2 shorter works–This Thirst In My Lungs, a set of poems by contemporary author Robin Myers, and a 4-part love story constructed from poems by early 20th century author Sara Teasdale (Sara Teasdale Songs) Continue reading