As 2019 hits its pivot point and we head into the second half of the year, momentum only continues to pick up. Together with our artists, we are heading into exciting new territory, coinciding with the release of innovative contemporary works from the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, a moving posthumous release devoted to spreading peace, and more.
Dive in and discover new music from Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, Altius Quartet, Bruce Babcock, Nora Morrow, Gary Smart, Jonathan Newmark, Alastair White, Janice Macaulay, Beth Mehocic, Phelps Dean Witter, David Haney, and more.
JULY RELEASES OUT NOW
Hong Kong Composers’ Guild
Seven composers, seven takes on contemporary composition: With RESONATING COLOURS 5, the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild presents a compilation featuring some of the most remarkable voices in chamber composition the autonomous city-state has brought forth.
“If you are hurt and angry don’t use violence—write a poem or a song. Use your feelings to create something.” Philip Koplow did just that during his lifetime as a composer, writing orchestral pieces commemorating tragedies of war and violence. His works, alongside those of other composers who wrote to honor the lives lost in war tragedies, are celebrated in Ravello Records’ FOR THE PEACE OF CITIES.
Altius Quartet; Bruce Babcock; Nora Morrow; Gary Smart; Jonathan Newmark; Alastair White; Janice Macaulay; Beth Mehocic; Phelps Dean Witter
The series that brought both traditional and genre-defying collections of string quartet works is back with QUADRANTS 3, the latest from Navona Records featuring the acclaimed Altius Quartet and eight contemporary composers.
Many people will be familiar with music’s general demand for painstaking accuracy as well as the phrase “Sheet music is not a template for improvisation.” Those who prefer to think outside these confines will enjoy making the acquaintance of jazz pianist David Haney, who habitually blurs the line between notation and improvisation, most recently in his newest release BIRTH OF A CITY.
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED THIS MONTH
Trio Casals; David Nisbet Stewart; Emma-Ruth Richards; Joanne D. Carey; Allyson B. Wells; L Peter Deutsch; Christopher Brakel; Clare Shore; Keith Kramer; Mathew Fuerst
The McCormick Percussion Group
Elliott Miles McKinley
The Crossing; Donald Nally; Kile Smith