Present Sounds artist Ryan Hare is having his Chamber Concerto performed tonight by Northwestern University's Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Tim Robblee. Ryan recorded a CD for Present Sounds in 2004 called Intrada, which is all new music for solo bassoon, composed for him. It is quite a record and a virtuosic performance.
You can check it out here to listen to samples: Intrada
So be sure to check out all the shows that Earshot is offering this year. You can see their full schedule at Earshot.
And speaking of Earshot, they gave a great review to Present Sounds artists Jesse Canterbury, Greg Campbell, Brian Cobb and Tom Baker, whose recent record SAVE hit the streets a few months ago. Check out the review.
Welcome to the new website for Present Sounds Recordings. We are very excited for our new blog-style website, hopefully you will want to follow us and see what we are up to now and then. Feel free to chime in, or to take a stroll through the catalogue to your right (click on any album cover to preview or purchase).
We appreciate your support of new-music, and hope that you will find something here that you like. More to come...
Present Sounds is very proud to announce three new record releases, all coming within a few weeks of each other. We hope you will check out some sounds and maybe buy a CD or two. The catalogue is located to your right, you can order by mail on the link or you can click on any album cover to hear samples and purchase a CD. Let us know what you think.
First up: Seattle Percussion Collective, Volume 1 (PS1001)
This isa new record bya fantastically talented group from Seattle, led by percussion wizard Dale Speicher. This group has been working together for a couple of years, and has gotten an amazing amount of critical acclaim for their concerts of very difficult and modern repertoire. This disc includes works by John Cage, Christian Wolff, Tom Baker and Roger Zahab, as well as a work by Speicher. With several world premiere recordings, this is a disc not to be missed.
Next out is a new record by Triptet, You Can See the Bottom (PS1002)
A record from outer-space, or outer-outer-space. This improvising trio of Michael Monhart on saxophone, Greg Campbell on percussion and french horn, and Tom Baker on fretless guitar first played together in a Sun Ra Tribute band. Since then, they have been exploring the far cosmos and limits of free-jazz. The group recently had a very successful debut in NYC for an east-coast CD-release, and will be playing on the IsThatJazz? music festival in January of 2011. Watch for an announcement of their upcoming CD-release concert in Seattle.
Vertigo is a group led by the amazing clarinetist and composer Jesse Canterbury, and includes Chris Stover on trombone; Joanne deMars on Cello; and Tom Baker on acoustic guitar. A strange and wonderful combination of instrumental timbres, these players create a sound that is very new and unlike any other ensemble out there. With quirky and groove-based compositions by Canterbury, this record feels completely familiar and totally disorienting at the same time.