Without really thinking it through too much, I managed to take a pretty long hiatus from this blog, but for only the best of reasons! I’ve never been busier as a composer/producer/engineer, so that, combined with a full time day job and being in the parent=chauffeur stage of raising teenagers has meant precious little time for anything else. The upside is that I’ve been having a blast! Now that things have settled down a bit I’ll be posting more about my own projects in the near future. But enough about me! Let’s do this Pittsburgh New Music Net thang. I can’t think of a better way to get back into blogging the new music scene here than highlighting some recent album releases.
The first and most bittersweet is the posthumous release of David Stock: Concertos by BMOP Sounds. The unexpected loss of David this past November hit the Pittsburgh contemporary music community hard. And yet, it’s difficult to think of a better memorial than this release.
The album features Andrés Cárdenes on Concierto Cubano, oboist Alex Klein playing all five of the oboe family’s instruments (Klein’s idea!) in the five-movement Oborama, and percussionist Lisa Pegher in Percussion Concerto, a work she and David created with a consortium of five orchestras as commissioners. The release is full of the kind of detailed and vibrant interpretations we’ve learned to expect from BMOP, Gil Rose, and these virtuosic soloists, making Concertos a remarkable celebration of David’s musical legacy.
As long as we’re talking about the musical legacy of David Stock we should talk about the generation of musicians he inspired, and flutist Lindsey Goodman is about as good an example of that as anyone. Lindsey will always be happy to talk to you about the impact David had on her career and artistic vision, and what a vision it is! That’s why it’s such a pleasure to help spread the word about her first solo album, released today on New Dynamic Records. reach through the sky features Lindsey performing on flute, alto flute, and voice in performance of commissioned works by Grant Cooper (Other Voices…), Rob Deemer (The Road From Hana), Gilda Lyons (Chrysalis), Jeffrey Nytch and Jessica Melilli-Hand (Covenant), Erich Stem (New Year’s), and Judith Shatin (Penelope’s Song). Performing along with Lindsey on the album are percussionist Scott Christian, and pianists Anne Waltner and Robert Frankenberry (who also contributes as a singer). reach through the sky will be available on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon, as well as through NDR.
If you want a great example of how energetic new music is in the Burgh you don’t need to look much further than Trillium Ensemble and composer Mark Fromm. Trillium ( flutist Elise DePasquale, clarinetist Rachael Stutzman, piano and pianist Katherine Palumbo) presented the Silent Spring Project in collaboration with Mark this past Thursday at the New Hazlett and the response has been hugely positive. Happily, part of the project was to release Mark’s compositions on an album and Silent Spring is available now. The album features five of Mark’s compositions with the Trillium-commissioned Silent Spring as the climax of the program. Congratulations to Trillium and Mark for the completion of this ambitious project!