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Helene Grimaud:

For Clara - Extended Edition

Hélène Grimaud’s latest album, For Clara, featuring works composed by Schumann and Brahms, and inspired by Clara Schumann, was released to critical acclaim last September. Referring to Grimaud’s early recordings of some of this music, Diapason wrote, “[Their] shimmering poetry has been replaced by a far darker, more inward-looking vision, carried along by a powerful lyricism, even a certain violence – as if, over time, German Romanticism has revealed to the pianist a truth based not on tenderness and contemplation, but on a life-and-death struggle with oneself.” 

Deutsche Grammophon is now set to release a digital extended edition of For Clara. Out on 16 February 2024, this adds Grimaud’s 2022 performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Camerata Salzburg at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie to her recordings of Kreisleriana and Brahms’s Op. 117 Intermezzi and Op. 32 songs – with baritone Konstantin Krimmel. The second movement of the Concerto is available to stream or download from today, 26 January, with the full performance, as well as Grimaud’s renditions of Kreisleriana and the Brahms songs (with Krimmel), all currently available on STAGE+.

John Surman:

Words Unspoken

“It has always fascinated me hearing from people the many different images and messages that any one piece of music can conjure up in their imaginations,“ says the British reedman John Surman in the liner note for his new quartet album. “Quite often the impressions and stories can be widely varied, and yet somehow seem to make sense to the individuals concerned. This is one side of the title Words Unspoken - but the other refers to the way that I wanted us to approach the music as a group. I simply brought some ideas along to the musicians and, without discussing who would play which element and how the tunes would take shape, we would try and piece the elements together just by listening to each other and reacting accordingly.”

Surman’s open compositions here are frameworks encouraging musical debate as the players guide the collective sound to new destinations, and add striking statements of their own. The ensemble’s identity builds upon the understanding achieved by Surman and US vibraphonist Rob Waring who, like the bandleader, has long been a resident of Oslo. Surman and Waring previously collaborated on John’s 2017 trio recording Invisible Threads with Brazilian pianist Nelson Ayres. They are joined here by two musicians familiar to ECM listeners, British guitarist Rob Luft (lately heard on albums with singer Elina Duni), and Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen, whose projects have included the ensemble Time Is A Blind Guide, Food (with Iain Ballamy), the trio Bayou (with Ayumi Tanaka and Marthe Lea), Parish (with Bobo Stenson) and more. Strønen’s most recent ECM appearance was as a member of Sinikka Langeland’s band on 2023 release Wind And Sun.

Vijay Iyer:

Compassion

Pianist-composer Vijay Iyer follows his acclaimed 2021 ECM disc Uneasy — the first to showcase his trio featuring bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey — with Compassion, another creative leap in league with these two gifted partners. The New York Times captured the distinctive qualities of this group, pointing to the trio’s flair for playing “with a lithe range of motion and resplendent clarity… while stoking a kind of writhing internal tension. Crucial to that balance is their ability to connect with each other almost telepathically.” Compassion, Iyer’s eighth release as a leader for ECM, continues his drive to explore fresh territory while also referencing his forebears along the way, two of them long associated with the label. The album includes a powerful interpretation of Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed,” which Iyer selected as an indirect homage to the late Chick Corea. Another tip of the hat comes with “Nonaah,” a whirlwind of a piece by avant-garde sage Roscoe Mitchell, a key mentor for the pianist. Then there are Iyer’s own melodically alluring, rhythmically invigorating compositions, ranging from the pensive title track to the hook-laced highlights “Tempest” and “Ghostrumental.”

The New Yorker, in its review of Uneasy, described that album as “a triumph of small-group interchange and fertile invention. Iyer’s piano work, whether arrestingly skittish or clothed in powerful solemnity, resounds with a visceral intensity of purpose, and his resourceful compatriots respond in kind.” As with Uneasy, the trio recorded Compassion at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon just outside New York City, with the album produced by Iyer and ECM’s Manfred Eicher. The result is a sonic blend of warmth and impact, atmosphere and clarity — ideal for appreciating the propulsive interplay that has developed with this pianist, bassist and drummer. Although this is only the second album by the trio, the three musicians have been connected for longer.

Jerskin Fendrix:

Poor Things (OMPS)

Milan Records today releases POOR THINGS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer JERSKIN FENDRIX. Available everywhere now, the album features original score music written by Fendrix for director Yorgos Lanthimos’ new feature film starring and produced by Emma Stone. Utilizing a palette of woodwind instruments and synthesized, breathy vocal samples, the score captures not only the distinct world of Poor Things but also acts as a sonic companion to main character Bella’s journey, expanding to encompass new textures and sounds as the film progresses. In addition to today’s digital release, the soundtrack will also be released in vinyl format from Waxwork Records – preorder here. Originally making its world premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion Award, Poor Things debuts in select theaters today and everywhere Friday, December 22 from Searchlight Pictures.  

Having never previously collaborated with a composer, Poor Things director Yorgos Lanthimos first approached Jerskin Fendrix after discovering the musician’s solo debut album, which the director found instinctively aligned with his worldbuilding aspirations for Poor Things. Fendrix began his first-ever foray into film composition with only the film’s script and conversations with Lanthimos as a guide, drawing early inspirations for instrumentation and tone from the vivid surrealism of the film’s various production elements.

Laura Karpman:

American Fiction (OMPS)

Sony Music Masterworks today releases AMERICAN FICTION (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer LAURA KARPMAN. Available everywhere now, the album features original score music written by Karpman for Cord Jefferson’s boldly hilarious film, which follows a novelist named Monk as he confronts issues of race, identity and his own artistic commodification. A longtime jazz aficionado who spent her Julliard days playing piano in neighborhood clubs, Karpman was initially inspired by the protagonists’ namesake, American jazz pioneer Thelonious Monk, crafting a piano-heavy soundscape with slightly off-kilter flourishes to match the film’s darkly humorous tone. Originally premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award, American Fiction debuts in select theaters today, wide in January.  

Of the project, composer LAURA KARPMAN says, “When the brilliant Cord Jefferson asked me to write a jazz score for American Fiction, it was a dream come true. This thinking-person’s film so profoundly resonated with me because of its great humor and infinite heart. The score for American Fiction centers around two main themes: Monk’s theme, which plays with the craggy edges of both the protagonist and his musician namesake, and the family theme, which cradles the beautiful contours of love, harmonically in sync, but not always played perfectly together.”

Sophie Shao:

CanCan Macabre

Sophie Shao is a passionate artist whose performances the New York Times has described as “eloquent. The cellist’s recordings include the Complete Bach Suites, Andre Previn’s Reflections, and Howard Shore’s Mythic Gardens. Shao has now released: 'CanCan Macabre' on Centaur Records. Joining the Cellist are pianists: Adrienne Kim & Ieva Jokubaviciute.

‘An artist of commanding technique, refined temperament, and persuasive insight’ (NY Times), Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute performs regularly on stages and at festivals throughout the world. Her recordings have powerful,” “beautifully phrased and interestingly textured,” the LA Times noted as “impressive” and the Washington Post called “deeply satisfying.” She has performed to critical acclaim in the US and Europe. She has also established herself as a mentoring artist at the Marlboro Music Festival and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music.

Pianist Adrienne Kim has made a number of recordings, including a recent recording of works by the composer Ilari Kaila with the Aizuri Quartet and flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher. Adrienne was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s residency program. She is the pianist of the Alcott Trio and a founding member of the New York Chamber Music Co-Op. Adrienne is on the faculty of Mannes College.


 

Matthieu Bordenave:

The Blue Land

For the follow-up of his ECM-leader-debut La traversée, French saxophonist Matthieu Bordenave expands his trio of German pianist Florian Weber and French bassist Patrice Moret with the unique sensibilities of drummer James Maddren, whose unrelenting pulse adds deft counterpoint to the group’s already idiosyncratic sound. Jazzwise magazine called the saxophonist’s previous recording “a graceful river of sound. As serene and meditative as this music may be it also has bursts, or rather flickers of energy and bold, focused, fluid movement, invigorating all the atmospheric counterpoint.” The flickers of energy are amplified on The Blue Land, setting the stage for angular interplay that sees each player dealing in swift counterpoint and melodic invention.

Writing the music for the album, Matthieu “had this idea of a band sound – a global sound – with everyone developing the music together, creating an immediately recognizable sonic character”. The unique character and collective approach is evident from the searching sounds of the introductory “La Porte Entrouverte”, with each player entering the proceedings consecutively, patiently, and the textural qualities of the group’s communication carried onward to the title track for further evolution.

Daniel Gortler:

Edvard Grieg - Lyric Pieces

Edvard Grieg – Lyric Pieces, a new recording by acclaimed Israeli-American pianist Daniel Gortler (Prospero Classical 0082 - distributed by Naxos) will see its North American release February 9. Grieg wrote Lyric Pieces as a poetic piano diary: between 1867 and 1901 he composed 66 short character pieces published in 10 books. For his debut album for Prospero Classical, Gortler selected 21 of his favorites, including the virtuosic March of the Dwarfs, Butterfly, Brooklet and Puck, which are among Grieg’s best-known works, as well as Arietta, the first piece in Grieg’s set. The dreamy Berceuse, At the Cradle and Summer’s Eve and the melancholy Solitary Traveler, Melody and Ballade are also included. He rounds out the collection with Vanished Days, Norwegian Dance, At your feet, Gade, Album Leaf, Little Bird, Peasant’s Song, Notturno, Peace of the Woods and To Spring. For the complete listing, [click here].

Early reviews of the album are outstanding. Fanfare gives Lyric Pieces 5 stars, saying “ The performance steals the heart. Gortler consistently gets it right. The disc runs on in one gorgeous stream of melody that only Grieg could have written. Gortler’s care of all aspects results in Grieg’s masterpiece emerging as a perfect sound sculpture, Gortler’s account is magnificent.”

Similarly, Pizzicato praises Gortler’s performances noting, “He plays the quieter very poetically, with subtle tonal gradations and with beautiful phrasing. In the more virtuosic compositions, he surprises with a very personal rhythm and sometimes quite distinctive accentuations that give his interpretation a great freshness.”

Stan Walker:

'I Am' from 'Origin' Soundtrack

Aotearoa, New Zealand-based Maori artist and storyteller STAN WALKER (tribe affiliations: Tuhoe, Ngai TeRangi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Pukenga, Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao, Ngati Porou, Ngati Whakaue and Ngai Tahu) has today released a new live version of his latest track, ‘I AM,’ an original song created for Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Ava DuVernay’s latest film ORIGIN. The new version of the track makes its debut as both a live performance video and across streaming platforms to coincide with ORIGIN being released in theaters nationwide today.

Originally released in November and making its US television premiere exclusively with Gayle King on CBS Mornings, ‘I AM’ is a declaration of ownership and reclamation of one’s identity. After coming across Stan’s rendition of Kanye West’s ‘Ultralight Beam’, DuVernay was mesmerised by his verve. She reached out to Stan and invited him to create an original track for her film ‘ORIGIN’, the highest tested movie for both Ava and US distributor, NEON.

Aaron Zigman:

Emigre w/Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Long Yu

Kindness and a compelling story of love triumph over destructive historical forces in Émigré, an oratorio in two acts with music by Aaron Zigman, libretto by Mark Campbell and additional lyrics by Brock Walsh. Co commissioned by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), its Music Director Long Yu and the New York Philharmonic, and hailed by China Daily as “A musical celebration of compassion”, the work was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon in the context of the world premiere in Shanghai (17 November 2023). It is the fifth project to emerge so far from DG’s exclusive and fruitful agreement with the SSO and Maestro Yu, their previous recordings including The Song of the Earth, Gateways and Live from the Forbidden City – Carmina Burana. 
The recording of Émigré is set for digital release on 2 February 2024. It boasts a potent combined force of 190 musicians, among them tenors Matthew White and Arnold Livingston Geis, sopranos Meigui Zhang and Diana Newman, mezzo-soprano Huiling Zhu, and bass-baritones Shenyang and Andrew Dwan; members of the New York Philharmonic Chorus; the Lanzhou Concert Hall Choir; and the SSO conducted by Long Yu. Its physical release (2 CDs) will follow on 28 June 2024.

Émigré was inspired by China’s unparalleled decision to open its borders to Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi oppression in Europe. Between 1938 and 1941, Shanghai welcomed around 20,000 Jews from Germany, Austria and Poland. The cosmopolitan free port became a haven to many – including a number of outstanding musicians who joined the multinational ranks of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra – and Shanghai became known as “the Noah’s Ark of the Orient”.

Recognising the contemporary resonance of the humanitarian impulse behind these events, the SSO’s current Music Director initiated the oratorio project. “Émigré shows how people can come together in difficult times,” observes Long Yu. “I’m very proud of the Shanghai people, who embraced those who came there in need of help. We all need to think about how we could connect with others. I’ve worked with musicians around the world without ever thinking about where they’re from. Music is our common language. It’s the best language to deliver a message of hope.”
 

Daniel Hope:

Dance! w/Zurcher Kammerorchester

Daniel Hope has long been fascinated by the power of dance to move and inspire. Taking listeners on a journey through seven centuries of music history, his latest Deutsche Grammophon album, DANCE!, celebrates the rhythms that have set bodies in motion and lifted hearts since time began. With everything from the anonymous 14th-century Lamento di Tristano to Wojciech Kilar’s 1986 work Orawa, via classics by Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Florence Price and Duke Ellington, among many others, the album will be released digitally and on 2 CDs on 2 February 2024. 

Three of its tracks are set to be issued in the weeks to come, giving a taste of the rich variety of music on DANCE!: Waltz No. 2 from Shostakovich’s Suite for Variety Orchestra on 8 December 2023, “Ticklin’ Toes” from Florence Price’s 3 Little Negro Dances on 19 January 2024 and Carlos Gardel’s Por una cabeza alongside the album on 2 February. 

Hope first came up with a dance-based album concept over 20 years ago. Revisiting it for this DG project, he widened the repertoire considerably whilst sticking closely to his original concept – the universal significance and diversity of both dance and rhythm. He recorded DANCE! with the Zürcher Kammerorchester, of which he has been Music Director since 2016; some tracks feature the full orchestra, while others are performed by smaller ensembles created to suit the work or genre in question. Featuring new arrangements by Hope’s regular collaborator Paul Bateman, the album also boasts a stunning line-up of guest artists, including Jenö Lisztes (cimbalom), Omar Massa (bandoneon), Jacques Ammon (piano), Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp) and Joscho Stephan (swing guitar). 

L.U.C. & Rebel Babel Film Orchestra:

The Peasants (OMPS)

Milan Records has released THE PEASANTS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by Lukasz “L.U.C.” Rostkowski and Rebel Babel Film Orchestra. Available everywhere now, the album features an original score by award-winning producer, vocalist, composer, songwriter Lukasz “L.U.C.” Rostkowski and his international Rebel Babel Film Orchestra for the painted animation film based on Polish writer Wladyslaw Reymont's Nobel Prize-winning novel of the same name. For the score, L.U.C. drew inspiration from the film’s Polish origins, utilizing rare Slavic folk instruments, like the Belarussian Bagpipes, to build beautifully expansive themes and bringing together a special line-up of musicians, including a Ukrainian Refugee Choir, for his transcultural big band Rebel Babel Film Orchestra to record the album. Making its debut today in celebration of the film’s US theatrical release is a never-before-heard version of album closer “End of Summer” performed in English by Georgian-British singer-songwriter Katie Melua – listen here. Originally making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Peasants debuts in theaters today from Sony Pictures Classics. Click here for theatre/ release information.

ABOUT THE PEASANTS
The Peasants tells the story of Jagna, a young woman determined to forge her own path within the confines of a late 19th century Polish village – a hotbed of gossip and on-going feuds, held together, rich and poor, by pride in their land, adherence to colourful traditions and deep-rooted patriarchy. When Jagna finds herself caught between the conflicting desires of the village’s richest farmer, his eldest son, and other leading men of the community, her resistance puts her on a tragic collision course with the community around her.  

Yosef Gutman Levitt:

The World and Its People

In an absorbing follow-up to Soul Song, his recent collaboration with guitar great Lionel Loueke (“a scintillating and sun-struck combination of ringing, gentle jazz and percussive African highlife that can only make you smile” — freq.org.uk), bassist and composer Yosef Gutman Levitt of Jerusalem is back with a new and invigorating release: The World and Its People, available from Levitt’s recently formed Soul Song imprint. Leading a drum-less, chamber-jazz-newgrass foursome influenced in part by The Goat Rodeo Sessions (with Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan), Levitt draws from deep within his soul on a collection of beautiful melodies, in deeply felt renderings from all involved.

The tracks are Levitt originals cowritten and arranged by producer Gilad Ronen, with sterling contributions from Levitt’s close musical associates Tal Yahalom on nylon- and steel-string acoustic guitars, Omri Mor on piano and Yoed Nir on cello. Yahalom and Levitt have made two captivating duo albums, Tsuf Harim and Tal Yasis; Mor released his own Soul Song title earlier in 2023 called Melodies of Light and appeared with Levitt on the 2022 trio release Upside Down Mountain. “Everybody worked so hard in bringing creative ideas to this session,” Levit recalls of The World and Its People. “The music is very much inspired by our prior interactions—I feel excited about taking our conversation into different styles and opportunities to connect and communicate.”

Matt Haimovitz - Nadia Shpachenko:

Silvestrov - 3 Postludien, Postludium No. 3

In recognition of the two-year mark since the invasion of Ukraine, cellist Matt Haimovitz and Kharkiv-born pianist Nadia Shpachenko present Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s Postludium No. 3, a piece that “merges the cello and piano organically into one celestial, loving breath, a metaphor for the power of music to unify in a divisive world.” To Haimovitz, playing Silvestrov’s music and celebrating Ukrainian culture with native-born Nadia Shpachenko has been a wonderfully meaningful experience. The collaboration on this recording gave Shpachenko an outlet to convey her pain about the war, while projecting hope.

Alice Coltrane:

'Shiva Loka' single from Carnegie Hall Concert

Alice Coltrane performed at Carnegie Hall for a special gala benefiting the Integral Yoga Institute. Backed by an all-star group of musicians, Coltrane delivered a captivating set which will now be available in full for the very first time. On March 22, Alice Coltrane - The Carnegie Hall Concert (Impulse!), will finally bring the full recording of Coltrane’s Carnegie Hall performance to fans worldwide. Pre-order the album HERE.

The captivating performance, held four years after John Coltrane’s untimely passing and recorded by Impulse! for eventual release, marks Alice’s first performance as a leader at Carnegie Hall.  The concert arrived at a pivotal moment in both Coltrane’s career and her spiritual journey: she had just released her fourth solo album, Journey in Satchidananda, and had deepened her spiritual quest over a five-week trip to India. Her band that night added two members of Satchidananda's circle — Kumar Kramer and Tulsi Reynolds, playing harmonium and tamboura, respectively — to a large jazz ensemble comprising two saxophonists (Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp), two bassists (Jimmy Garrison and Cecil McBee) and two drummers (Ed Blackwell and Clifford Jarvis).  

Quynh Nguyen:

Paul Chihara, Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orch.

Award-winning Vietnamese American pianist Quynh Nguyen’s (pron. Quin Nwen) recording, Paul Chihara Complete Piano Works is now available on the Naxos American Classics label (8.559894). The album features four works for piano, including Chihara’s Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra* (2019-21), recorded with Stephen Barlow conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Bagatelles (Twice Seven Haiku for Piano) (2010, rev. 2011), Four Reveries on Beethoven for piano* (2021 version) and Ami for piano four hands (2008) performed by Nguyen with guest artist Rieko Aizawa. *world premiere recording

Says Nguyen: “I am delighted and honored to record the complete piano works of Paul Chihara. This world premiere recording is the culmination of a three-year collaboration with the composer to interpret the richly multifaceted styles present in his compositions, especially the Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra which he wrote for me. The piece is virtuosic and intensely melodic with French and Eastern harmonies and jazz-tinged sections and phrases reminiscent of Russian classical works. These elements are juxtaposed within the story, reflecting my personal journey of studying music in Vietnam, Russia, France, Germany, and the United States, and how their diverse cultures have shaped my life.”  

The world premiere of Chihara's Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra took place October 2022 with the Vietnamese National Symphony under the baton of conductor Honna Tetsuji at the Hanoi Opera House. The concert commemorated the normalization of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations. She will perform the American premiere with the Seattle Symphony in January of 2024.

Vincent Oppido:

A London Sketch

During the recording session for "Yes, Virginia!" in September 2023, I recorded a new piece called "A London Sketch." This energetic work was inspired by my musical impressions of London and its people. When I think of London, I associate it with elegance, poignancy, history, traditions, and friendliness. There is also a small recollection of my fright the first time I experienced left-side-of-the-road driving! London is one of my favorite cities and also the place where the Beatles recorded most of their amazing music. As a Beatles fan, it was thrilling to incorporate the "Mrs. Mills" upright piano, which was used on countless Beatles records. Can you spot the 5 Beatles quotations?

Release date: February 9, 2024
Label: East Parkwood Music
ISRC#: TCAHW2411976
UPC: 859783247313
Genre: Instrumental
Secondary: Soundtrack/Cinematic
ASCAP Vincent Joseph Oppido IPI: 646730925
ASCAP East Parkwood Music IPI: 366347440
Composed and Conducted by Vincent Oppido
Recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios
Engineered and Mixed by Simon Rhodes
Mastered by Marsh Mastering

Dustin O'Halloran:

1001

1 0 0 1 is a musical exploration of the nature of the human mind and contemplates the implications of artificial intelligence, raising questions about the essence of humanity in a world increasingly intertwined with advanced technology. Designed for “intentional listening” – to be experienced as a whole, in the same way as we take our time to contemplate a painting or a sculpture – Dustin O’Halloran’s immersive new album provides a space in which to slow down and reflect on some of the complex philosophical questions facing our ever-more-rapidly evolving world. O’Halloran recorded 1 0 0 1 at RRO Studios in Reykjavík, where he was joined by his longtime collaborator/composer Bryan Senti on violin, a hand-picked eight-voice choir, Paul Corley (Sigur Rós) on electronic production, and the Budapest Art Orchestra orchestrated by Roman Vinuesa – all mixed by Francesco Donadello. The album comes out on Deutsche Grammophon on 22 March 2024 and will be preceded by the release of single edits of three of the four tracks: “Spiritus Naturae Aeternus” on 26 January, “Cymatic Love Spiral” on 16 February, and “Harmonic Dream Sequence” on 8 March. 

Peter Boyer:

Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue w/Biegel, LSO

The Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue project by composer Peter Boyer and pianist Jeffrey Biegel continues to expand its reach, securing performance commitments from 54 orchestras in all 50 of the United States. In addition, reaching beyond the United States to achieve an international presence, Boyer and Biegel recorded the new Rhapsody with the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra for the acclaimed Naxos American Classics Series. Naxos will release this recording on February 23, 2024.

Biegel, a prolific pianist with an extraordinary record of commissioning new works for piano and orchestra, commissioned Boyer to compose this new work in celebration of the centennial of George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue (premiered February 12, 1924). Since 2020, Biegel has pursued a highly ambitious “Rhapsody National Initiative,” with the goal of performing Boyer’s new work with at least one orchestra in each of the 50 United States. As of January 2024, this remarkable vision has been fulfilled, and Boyer’s new Rhapsody will be performed by orchestras in all 50 states by the 2026-27 season (details below). This is believed to be an unprecedented feat for a new concerto by an American composer.

The Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue was recorded with Biegel as soloist, and Boyer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra at the famed AIR Studios, Lyndhurst Hall on November 27, 2023. Simon Rhodes, Senior Engineer at Abbey Road Studios, known for his work on projects such as the first two Harry Potter film scores, the Avatar film scores, and hundreds of classical albums and other film scores, was producer and engineer for the recording. Naxos will release the Rhapsody recording on February 23, 2024.This is Boyer’s fourth recording for the American Classics Series, and his third recording with the LSO as composer and conductor.

Boyer’s ca. 18-minute Rhapsody was premiered on June 30, 2023, with Biegel and the Utah Symphony conducted by Benjamin Manis, on the opening night of the Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City, Utah. An outdoor audience of more than 3,000 rewarded the new work with a prolonged standing ovation — a reaction which has been repeated by audiences at each subsequent performance, by nine different orchestras to date.

The Messthetics:

and James Brandon Lewis - Emergence

Instrumental-trio The Messthetics joins forces with acclaimed jazz-saxophonist James Brandon Lewis for their forthcoming self-titled album, The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis. The album is set to release on March 15th via the legendary jazz label Impulse! Records. Alongside the album's announcement, The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis share the lead single "Emergence," which arrives with a visualizer created by The Messthetics' Brendan Canty.

On the heels of their performance at this year's Winter Jazz Fest in NYC last weekend, The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis will bring their collaborative sound on the road for a string of eight performances across the country including sets at Treefort Music Fest in Boise on March 21st and Big Ears Festival in Knoxville on March 23rd, along with a date supporting bar italia in Nashville on March 25th before a run of five headline shows. In May, The Messthetics will hit the road again for four headline shows without James Brandon Lewis ahead of a string of eight shows with James joining them on stage. 

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