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Bedroom Community’s Valgeir Sigurðsson Explains the Strange History of Dissonance in Classical Music


On his fourth album, and first since 2012’s Architecture of Loss, Valgeir Sigurðsson found himself pulled in many different directions. The Icelandic composer has long had a foot in two worlds, working in classical music while also producing songs for Feist, CocoRosie, and Björk. 1,678 more words

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Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical: March 2017

The taxonomy of contemporary classical music—new music, contemporary music, whatever you want to call it—is a thorny issue. But every two months, we’ll take a look at some of the best composer-driven music to surface here on Bandcamp, making room for electronic experimentation, improvisation, and even powerful takes on old classics. 2,310 more words

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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yo-Yo Ma: "Playing with Friends" (Video)

I’m very much looking forward to hearing Yo-Yo Ma play Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new cello concerto, which he performs tonight with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director… 22 more words

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Benjamin Clementine - Tiny Desk Concert


Right near the top of this performance, Benjamin Clementine looks toward the camera with an intense stare and sings, “Where I’m from, you see the rain / Before the rain even starts to rain.” At that point, when I’m already hanging on every word, I feel like I’m witnessing an almost otherworldly presence — a visitor with wisdom to impart. 82 more words

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Samuli Kosminen, Kimmo Pohjonen & Kronos Quartet


UNIKO is the collaboration between the Kronos Quartet and Finnish duo, accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen. Commissioned by Kronos, UNIKO received its world premiere at the Helsinki Festival in 2004, with additional performances in Moscow, Molde (Norway) and in New York at the 2007 BAM NEXT WAVE Festival with three sold out performances. 117 more words

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New Oregon ArtsWatch Article

Cappella Romana,  a Northwest professional vocal ensemble with international acclaim, will be hosting the Arvo Pärt Festival this coming weekend. Here is my preview article: 9 more words

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Bang on a Can Marathon moving to Brooklyn with promise of 'politics, resistance and love'

Bang on a Can, the premiere purveyor of New Music in New York City, is rebooting its iconic Marathon concert with a move to Brooklyn in May, after a year off. 578 more words

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