Whatever the definition of rock star is, Marissa Paternoster is more than that.
The guitar solo in "Water" also makes me love Ohmme just that much more. Musicians should do weird stuff. (at 12:43 in the video below)
Anna Thorvaldsdottir might be my current favorite composer. This piece is amazing, I think it's how the foundational note stays present through the entire piece. It's not a drone so much, but just a bedrock that holds throughout. Then so much of everything else that's going on feels like fragmentation. And then the last three minutes have the foundation tone in the cello, the gorgeous melody passing back and forth and the falling, descending ethereal gestures as well... It's so good.
Spektral Quartet just released a recording of her piece "Enigma" and it's really great.
One of my favorite finds of the last year or so. Loud and melodic, plenty of sustains and plenty of rhythm. Just like I like it.
The staggered rhythm really gets me in this piece. The cello is gorgeous (cellos always are), but putting it over the rhythmic voices and the just a little bit not steady beat makes this a piece I always instantly recognize and am excited to hear again.
Dam mwen yo in Haitian Creole simply translates to “they are my ladies.” In Haiti, the cultural image of women is one of strength. They are pillars of their homes and communities, and are both fearless and loving, all while carrying the weight of their families and children on their backs. As a first generation Haitian-American, these women—my mother, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins—were central to my upbringing and my understanding of what it means to be a woman. In Dantan, Haiti-Sud, where my family is from, it is rare to walk down the countryside roads without hearing the voices of women—in the fields, cooking for their loved ones, gathering water at the wells with their babies. This piece and the voices within it are representative of these ladies—my ladies. And the cello sings their song—one of strength, beauty, pain and simplicity in a familiar landscape.
These are excerpts from an hour-long piece, it's a really cool experience of rhythm.
JACK quartet always finds interesting projects. I enjoy some of them, some are pretty out there.