Composer and instrumentalist Leo Svirsky’s impressively tricky to get a handle on. His latest album, Heights in Depths, a tightly focused study in minimalism (in the original sense) for solo accordion, mixes confrontational intensity with contemplative calm.
I was struck, on learning late last week via social media that the composer, improviser, and teacher Pauline Oliveros had passed away on Thanksgiving morning, by how many of her friends, colleagues, and admirers posted something to the effect of “I thought she’d always be here.” And it was true: Pauline had meant so much to so many of us for so long, for a wide variety of different reasons, that it seemed her presence might continue indefinitely.
Most likely you know the dynamic pianist Vicky Chow best for her most visible job: as keyboardist in the versatile, eclectic, and always expressive Bang on a Can All-Stars. A O R T A, her second solo album, arrives on Nov. 18, but you can hear the entire album here, now.
We’ve all seen signs of diminishing arts and culture coverage in New York’s two premier daily newspapers, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Now, a Deadline Hollywood article has spelled out some putative specifics.
Chöying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts, Mayhem, Laraaji, Ken Thomson, Mary Halvorson Octet, and other select sounds playing lately at Night After Night HQ.
“April is the cruellest month,” T.S. Eliot wrote in The Waste Land, but anyone who has endured the present electoral cycle in the United States, or even watched it from afar, might beg to differ. Accordingly, this month on The Log Journal we’re focusing on politics in music, in all of its various forms.
The Boston Globe became the epicenter of the arts-journalism world upon announcing Oct. 31 that Zoë Madonna, an award-winning classical music critic who’d been contributing to the Globe as a freelance reviewer and reporter since Sept. 2015, had been engaged to a temporary full-time position that would be funded by a nonprofit consortium.
Composer and Dawn of Midi drummer Qasim Naqvi is set to release a new album of moody, compelling synthesizer music on Nov. 4, but we’re going to let you hear it right now.
Michael Pisaro, Meshuggah, Graham Lambkin, Carl Stone, Ghédalia Tazartès, and other select sounds playing lately at Night After Night HQ.
The Living Earth Show, the explosive Bay Area new-music duo of electric guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson, is set to unleash its sophomore full-length album, Dance Music, via New Amsterdam Records on Oct. 28, and will celebrate at National Sawdust on Oct. 21. And to get you in the mood to celebrate, we’re going to let you hear the whole thing ahead of time, exclusively.