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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Edge: Flute Music from the Periphery of Europe

We are really pleased to announce the release of this new record by Seattle flute virtuoso Paul Taub. It is an honor to have Paul join Present Sounds Recordings for this new CD of music by composers from the former Soviet Union, with a new work for flute and string quartet by the new-music master composer Giya Kancheli.

With music from Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russia, Taub takes us on a wonderful journey through a plethora of style and taste. He is joined on this recording by some of Seattle's finest musicians, and the masterful playing is well worth checking out.

An early review by the Seattle Times:

The music is alternately lyrical, eerie, rambunctious and prankish. It's always adventurous — and always approachable, whether in its beauty or in its stark drama.

For samples or to buy, click the album cover below or to your left.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Portable Sanctuary NOW AVAILABLE

Hello friends,

Wanted to let you know that the new record by Seattle drummer/composer Paul Kikuchi is available. We are really proud to welcome Paul to Present Sounds, as well as the amazing crew he assembled for this CD - Stuart Dempster, Bill Horist, Jesse Olsen Bay, and Alex Vittum.

From an early review: "With this release, Kikuchi proves once again that he's one of the most interesting composing drummers currently working. His ensembles consistently create some of the most varied and satisfying improvised music one can hear today." - The Stash Dauber

Check out the new record by clicking on the cover to the left... You won't be disappointed.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A busy summer...

Present Sounds is in the midst of a very busy season -- SIX new albums out in 2011. We are very excited about some of our upcoming records, including:

- a new solo cd by violinist/singer/composer Hope Wechkin
- a chamber opera (about the Donner Party) by composer Tom Baker and the Seattle EXperimental Opera
- a new cd by Portable Sanctuary, featuring Paul Kikuchi and Stuart Dempster
- a new cd of modern Eastern European composers by flautist Paul Taub
- our newest upcoming: a cd by Seattle composer Byron Au Yong.

More details on each of these releases as they become available. Hope you can check them out, as well as our full catalogue (to your left...)

Happy Summer!

Present Sounds

Monday, March 14, 2011

PS1101 - Brian Cobb's Campfire Songs

Present Sounds is very excited to release this new song cycle by Seattle composer Brian Cobb. The work transports us back to the pioneering days of the American west, but heard through a highly modernized filter. Featuring some of Seattle's finest performers, and recorded by Doug Haire at Jack Straw Studios, Campfire Songs is a unique CD well worth checking out.

Also coming up this spring, a new chamber opera recording of Hunger, the Journey of Tamsen Donner, by Tom Baker and a new CD by Portable Sanctuary featuring Paul Kikuchi and Stuart Dempster.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Campfire Songs


Brian Cobb's haunting CD "Campfire Songs" featuring some of Seattle's best musicians and singers. This song cycle brings the listener right down to the campfire, sitting around listening to music with banjo, guitar, violin, clarinet, percussion...

Campfire Songs will be available mid-February. Stay tuned.

Happy listening...

Present Sounds