We are proud to announce the release of our October 2011 albums! CLAVIATURES, NALADA, SPREZZATURA, and UR SOME 1 are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click “Read more” for more info on each release.
Asherov-Kalus, Fletcher, Scully, Tribble, Nagorcka, Stölzel
Navona Records NV5864
CLAVIATURES is a collection of new works for piano and chamber ensemble from contemporary composers. These works by Ayala Asherov-Kalus, Jim Scully, Jim Tribble, William Fletcher, Ron Nagorcka, and Ingrid Stölzel explore the notions of being human and observing the world around us with reflection, curiosity, and appreciation. This recording contains eight original and inspired pieces performed with talent and panache by musicians from around the world: pianists Karolina Rojahn, Lukas Klánský, and Robert Pherigo; violinists Ondřej Lébr and Ann Marie-Brown; violist Neil Casey; clarinetist Doug Graham; flutist Lisa Hennessey; and cellist Lawrence Figg.
Ravello Records RR7816
Composer and performer Lisa Miles combines classical chops and punk rock influences in both her spirited solo work and unique collaborations with other instrumentalists (cello, bass, harp, voice, guitar). Miles describes her music as “tending toward either the edgy and intense, or the atmospheric, dark and meditative”– both of which come through in force on NÁLADA. Her CD release features wildly original compositions for acoustic and electric violin and mandolin, many of which were composed for and informed live, collaborative, cross-disciplinary performance.
Ravello Records RR7818
Violist Shelly Tramposh has led an extensive career as chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher, and her varied experiences allow her to play her instrument with an effortless grace that can only be described as having SPREZZATURA. Tramposh, accompanied by Cullan Bryant–one of the most active collaborative pianists in New York–performs works by Paul Chihara, Paul Siskind, Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith with the emotion and intensity of each piece’s inspiration, whether it be the doldrums of illness and celebration of health in Chihara’s Sonata for Viola and Piano or Hindemith’s tumultuous sonata, written after being blacklisted by the Nazi party in Germany. Tramposh and Bryant form a masterful duo, and are able to capture the tone of each piece with virtuosic flourish and clarity.
UR SOME 1
Big Round Records BR8917
UR SOME 1 is the second disc in the Best Foot Forward series from Recess Music. This disc highlights the importance of self-confidence, and helps kids realize that even though they might not feel like it at times, they are important to others. The wide variety of songs on this upbeat and informational album helps children understand that they are loved, and that they will always matter to somebody.