ANNOUNCING: Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ debut album "Black Mountain Songs"

ANNOUNCING:

Brooklyn Youth Chorus'
Black Mountain Songs


out March 31
 

featuring works by Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, 
Jherek Bischoff, Tim Hecker, John King, Nico Muhly,
Caroline Shaw
and Aleksandra Vrebalov


project created by Bryce Dessner and a highlight of the
Grammy Award-winning Chorus’ 25th Anniversary Season


debut track "Black Mountain Song" by Bryce Dessner
now streaming


pre-order via Bandcamp and iTunes



“Exhilarating…The choral songs at the heart of this work are performed with confidence, energy and tenderness...the sheer beauty of their singing was captivating.”
— Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 
on Black Mountain Songs live


New Amsterdam Records is proud to announce the release of Black Mountain Songs, the debut album from the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, out March 31.

This expansive choral work celebrates and rekindles the utopian spirit of Black Mountain College, where iconic artists including Willem de Kooning, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, Josef and Anni Albers, Franz Kline, and Robert Rauschenberg converged and collaborated in the mid 20th-Century. Black Mountain Songs features works by Bryce Dessner (who also created the project), Richard Reed Parry, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline ShawJherek Bischoff, John King, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and a collaboration between Dessner and Tim HeckerBlack Mountain Songs is the studio recording of an evening-length stage work of the same name, which premiered to acclaim in BAM’s 2014 Next Wave Festival. The project was co-commissioned by the Chorus and BAM, co-curated by Dessner and Parry (of the rock bands The National and Arcade Fire), and produced by the Chorus. Dessner, Parry, and Shaw, along with the Chorus, perform on the album.
 
Black Mountain Songs, a highlight of Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ 25th anniversary season, will be celebrated with a special performance, on the evening of the album’s release, at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXRThe event is part of the Chorus’ 2016-17 Season artist residency. 
 
Stream/embed track “Black Mountain Song“ by Bryce Dessner here.



Brooklyn Youth Chorus re-envisions choral music performance through artistic innovation and collaboration, in addition to a distinctively beautiful sound. Black Mountain Songs expresses the spirit of the Chorus as well as Black Mountain College—a richly collaborative, multi-dimensional approach to music making and artistic creativity. Black Mountain College operated from 1933 until 1957, and was fundamentally different from other colleges and universities of the time. It was owned and operated by the faculty, and was committed to democratic governance and to the idea that the arts are central to the experience of learning. Dessner went to a summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina as a child, not far from where Black Mountain College had been, and created Black Mountain Songs to serve as a collaborative work that pays tribute to the college and its ideals. Brooklyn Youth Chorus is perfect for his narrative song cycle in both principle and skill.
 
Most of the words featured in Black Mountain Songs come from poems and texts from Black Mountain faculty or students, including John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Josef and Anni Albers, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Buckminster Fuller, Robert Duncan, Fielding Dawson, Ruth Asawa, Basil King, and MC Richards.


Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing at Brooklyn Academy of Music


The album was produced and edited by two-time Grammy Award-winner Grace Row, recorded and mixed by two-time Grammy Award-winner Charles Harbutt, It was recorded January and March 2015 at Watermusic Recording Studios, Hoboken, NJ; and October 2016 at Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY. The line producer was Jennifer Cambras, and packaging design was by DM Stith.
 
The world premiere production at Brooklyn Academy of Music was conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker, directed by Maureen Towey, filmmaker Matt Wolf, choreographed by Jenny Shore Butler, set design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Sarah Maiorino, lighting design by Ben Stanton, video and projection design by Grant McDonald, sound design by Jamie McElhinney, narrated by Black Mountain College alumnus Basil King. The production was line produced by Laura Roumanos.
 
This recording is made possible in part through the generosity of an anonymous donor, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, J. Barclay Collins, II, Marie DeRosa and Richard McNeil, Educational Foundation of America, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Charles J. and Irene Hamm, Annie Keating and Kim Hawkins, Gwen R. Libstag, Hillary Richard and Peter McCabe, Jennifer Sage and Nicolas Grabar, New Music USA, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, Tiger Baron Foundation and Mary Anne and Dick Yancey. Black Mountain Songs is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s past chair, fervent supporter and beloved friend, Mary Anne Yancey.


Black Mountain Songs Tracklisting:

1. Black Mountain Song (Bryce Dessner) STREAM
2. there is a sound (Richard Reed Parry)
3. Its Motion Keeps (Caroline Shaw)
4. ars imitatur naturam (John King)
5. My World (Bryce Dessner)
6. Bubbles (Aleksandra Vrebalov)
7. Childhood’s Retreat (Jherek Bischoff)
8. Fielding Dawson in Franz Kline’s Studio (Nico Muhly)
9. Maximus to Gloucester (Bryce Dessner)
10. Spaceship Earth (Richard Reed Parry)
11. M.C. Richards (Tim Hecker and Bryce Dessner)
12. Anni’s Constant (Caroline Shaw)
13. Their Passing in Time (Richard Reed Parry)

ANNOUNCING: Jasper String Quartet's "Unbound"

ANNOUNCING:

Jasper String Quartet's
Unbound

out March 17

co-released by New Amsterdam and Sono Luminus

featuring works by Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield,
Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, and Caroline Shaw


debut track "Four on the Floor" by Judd Greenstein
now streaming


pre-order via Amazon



"The Jaspers... match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ,
instead of four distinct instruments."

—  New Haven Advocate


Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet will release its new album, UnboundMarch 17 on New Amsterdam Records in partnership with Sono Luminus. This is the “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and "powerful" (The New York Times) ensemble’s fourth album, featuring never-before-recorded works by Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, and Caroline Shaw, as well as its first album released beyond the Sono Luminus imprint. The release of Unbound also marks the first co-release between New Amsterdam Records and Sono Luminus, and is now available for pre-order via Amazon.

The Jasper String Quartet will perform works from the album at several album release performances this spring, including Philadelphia’s Skyspace onMarch 16 and NYC’s Lincoln Center Atrium on March 30. More information here and below.



The Jasper String Quartet has spent a decade performing premier works old and new at top concert halls around the world, but for the creation of Unbound, they looked close to home for inspiration. With an equal mix of men and women, the members of the Quartet sought to create an album that represents themselves and their community. Using Judd Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor” as a centerpiece — a virtuosic, dynamic piece that requires togetherness and spirit to perform — the Quartet built a collection of moving, post-genre, and technically impressive works by male and female composers close to their generation. An album for and reflective of right now, Unbound is unbound by convention, yet retains the performance quality expected of a traditional classically trained string quartet.

Releasing Unbound on both New Amsterdam Records and Sono Luminus is an extension of the album’s ideals. New Amsterdam is celebrated for its commitment to releasing expertly performed post-genre music, and Sono Luminus is praised for its meticulous recording process that pulls the best performances out of its groups. Unbound captures the spirit of both labels, and the spirit of the Jasper String Quartet.


Jasper String Quartet Credit: Dario Acosta

Jasper String Quartet
Credit: Dario Acosta


Words about Unbound from the Jasper String Quartet:

“Seeking out new pieces to contribute to this conversation is as important, if not more so, as rediscovering the sublime human experience of a Beethoven quartet. The seven pieces on this album represent a collection of treasures we’ve discovered from this century. One of these pieces, Annie Gosfield’s “The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon” was written expressly for our quartet. The rest we unearthed as we sifted through the vibrant and varied landscape of music being created today. 

We sought to find a set of pieces that were both enchanting on their own and together represent a cohesive aesthetic. From the immense technical challenges of Judd Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor”, the meditative contemplation of David Lang’s “almost all the time”, to the raw emotion and vivid imagery of Missy Mazzoli’s “Death Valley Junction”, these pieces represent an incredible diversity of sound and style. Yet they all reside comfortably in this wonderful tradition of string quartets, of which we are lucky enough to be a part.”


The Quartet (J Freivogel, first violin; Sae Chonabayashi, second violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello) is the winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, and is currently the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The Quartet has released three highly acclaimed albums in addition to this one — Beethoven Op. 131, The Kernis Project: Schubert, and The Kernis Project: Beethoven — all released through Sono Luminus.

The group recently launched the inaugural season of Jasper Chamber Concerts, a series in Philadelphia devoted to world class performances of masterworks from around the world and Philadelphia.

Unbound was recorded at Sono Luminus Studios by Dan Merceruio, producer, editing engineer; Daniel Shores, recording, mixing & mastering engineer, editing engineer; David Angell, recording technician; and Collin J. Rae, executive producer.


Unbound Tracklisting:
1. Valencia (Caroline Shaw)
2. Death Valley Junction (Missy Mazzoli)
3. The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon (Annie Gosfield)
4. Four on the Floor (Judd Greenstein) STREAM
5. almost all the time (David Lang)
6. Pushpulling (Donnacha Dennehy)
7. Excerpts from the middle of something (Ted Hearne)


Jasper String Quartet Live:

March 16, 2017 — Philadelphia, PA  @ Jasper Chamber Concerts
TICKETS / MORE INFO


March 19, 2017— Beacon, NY @ Howland Chamber Music Circle
TICKETS / MORE INFO
 
March 30, 2017 — New York, NY @ Atrium Series at Lincoln Center
TICKETS / MORE INFO  

April 04, 2017 — Philadelphia, PA @ Art Alliance
TICKETS / MORE INFO

April 11, 2017 — Detroit, MI @ Cranbrook Music Guild
TICKETS / MORE INFO

April 13, 2017 — Ann Arbor, MI @ Kerrytown Concert House
TICKETS / MORE INFO  

April 19, 2017 — Poughkeepsie, NY @ Arlington Residency
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

April 22-23, 2017  — Wilmington, NC @ Chamber Music
TICKETS / MORE INFO

April 28, 2017  — Swarthmore, PA @ Swarthmore Orchestra
TICKETS / MORE INFO

May 4, 2017 — Philadelphia, PA @ Jasper Chamber Concerts
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

May 7, 2017 — Stamford, CT @ Treetops CMS
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

May 14, 2017 — Washington, DC @ Smithsonian
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

June 16, 2017 — London, England @ Wigmore Hall
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

July 1-10, 2017 — Asheville, NC @ Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

July 19, 2017 — Oberlin, OH @ Credo Music Festival
TICKETS / MORE INFO

July 23, 2017 — Woodstock, NY @ Maverick Chamber Music Festival
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

July 26, 2017 — New Brunswick, NJ @ Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

July 29, 2017 — New Lebanon, NY @ Tannery Pond
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

August 12-13, 2017 — Delhi, NY @ Honest Brook Music Festival (with Jupiter String Quartet) 
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

September 23, 2017 — Hillsdale, NY @ Clarion Concerts, Leaf Peeper Series
TICKETS / MORE INFO 

October 23, 2017 — Norfolk, VA @ Old Dominion University
TICKETS / MORE INFO

NOW AVAILABLE: Molly Joyce's debut EP "Lean Back and Release"


NOW AVAILABLE:

Molly Joyce's
Lean Back and Release



composer's debut EP featuring violinists
Adrianna Mateo and Monica Germino


buy via BandcampiTunes, & Amazon


FREE EP Release Show
March 6, 2017, 6:30pm

co-presented by New Amsterdam and Metropolis Ensemble

featuring performances by Joyce and
Metropolis concertmaster Kristin Lee

1 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002

MORE INFO AND RSVP


Molly Joyce credit: Nadine Sherman

Molly Joyce
credit: Nadine Sherman



New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce the release of composer Molly Joyce's debut recording, Lean Back and Release. The work is a digital EP featuring two tracks for solo violin with live and pre-recorded electronics performed by violinists Adrianna Mateo and Monica Germino. The recording has already received press from multiple outlets, including being praised as an "intoxicating, deepening experience" by Das Klienicum and an interview with Joyce by the Hartford Courant, which proclaimed that "with 'Lean Back and Release,' Joyce's music will likely receive even more acclaim."

The EP is now available for purchase from BandcampiTunes, and Amazon.

Additionally, the EP will be celebrated with a FREE release show on March 6, at Metropolis Ensemble's new pop-up venue 1 Rivington and co-presented by New Amsterdam. The event will feature performances by Metropolis Ensemble concertmaster Kristin Lee, along with Joyce premiering a new work on her vintage toy organ. Boutique wine will be served, sponsored by Miro Cellars. More info and RSVP for the event here.


The title track of the EP, "Lean Back and Release", acclaimed for being written to "superb effect" by The Wire, was first performed professionally at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon by violinist Adrianna Mateo, for which Mateo was praised as "triumphant" by Time Out New York. The piece is driven by a very gradual descent for the violin in range, imagining the violinist steadily “leaning back” and finally “releasing” the distinct low register of the violin. Two accompanying pre-recorded violin tracks accompany the live violin in order to propel this descent. The recording was engineered and mixed by Andrew McKenna Lee, and mastered by Greg Kalember.

The title track is followed by a more recent work, "Shapeshifter", originally written for the Dutch duo of violinist Monica Germino and sound engineer Frank van der Weij. Premiered in April 2015 in The Hague and Amsterdam, "Shapeshifter" is motivated by the concept of control and losing it. It is driven by the fact that with the duo, Frank is typically not seen visually, and therefore the idea of him controlling Monica’s sound and gradually letting go of that control is highlighted throughout the piece, and for Monica to gradually “shape-shift” to a new and divergent sound. The recording was engineered by Frank van der Weij, Krišs Veismanis, and mixed by Michael Laurello, and mastered by Greg Kalember.


Molly Joyce on both works:

"'Lean Back and Release' and 'Shapeshifter' represent some of my first explorations into composing for acoustic instruments with accompanying electronics, and specifically how these instruments' sounds can transform electro-acoustically. With both works I was striving for a clear form that is driven by the changing range of the solo violinist, and how that change can be driven by an electronic backing track that is also derived from the acoustic violin.

Both pieces are also very much inspired by the violinists they are written for, and were written to challenge and showcase Adrianna and Monica's talents in new and unexpected ways."


Tracklisting:

1. Lean Back and Release
2. Shapeshifter

Upcoming Performances:
 
Feb. 4, 2017: Claremont, CA @
Ussachevsky Festival at Pomona College
(featuring violinist Sarah Thornblade)
 LINK
 
Mar. 6, 2017: EP Release show
New York, NY @ 1 Rivington
presented by Metropolis Ensemble and New Amsterdam (featuring violinist Kristin Lee and toy organist Molly Joyce) LINK

Mar. 9, 2017: Rotterdam, NL @ De Doelen (featuring vioilnist Isa Goldschmeding)  LINK


Adrianna Mateo credit: Chesher Cat

Adrianna Mateo
credit: Chesher Cat


Monica Germino credit: Elisabeth Melchior

Monica Germino
credit: Elisabeth Melchior


Bios

Molly Joyce: Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “impassioned” (The Washington Post), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Her works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon and VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival. Learn more at www.mollyjoycemusic.com.

Adrianna Mateo: Adrianna Mateo merges the best of classical music with the down and dirty pleasures of rock. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and on stage at the Metropolitan Opera. Her performances have garnered high praise from TimeOut New York (“Triumphant”) and The New York Times. Adrianna successfully crowdfunded her debut album with the support of luminaries including Nico Muhly, David Lang, and ETHEL. Learn more at www.adriannamateo.com.


Monica Germino: Amsterdam-based, American/Dutch violinist Monica Germino is on the cutting edge of new music. Hailed by The Sunday Times (UK) as a ‘striking presence’ whose ‘virtuosity was exhilarating’, she has collaborated with such composers as Louis Andriessen, John Cage, Heiner Goebbels, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti and Julia Wolfe. Together with sound engineer Frank van der Weij, she has presented revolutionary multimedia programs worldwide. Her performances often feature singing and playing. Monica plays a Joannes Baptista Ceruti violin, on permanent loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation, and a custom-made 'Violectra’. She co-founded the international ensemble. Learn more at www.monicagermino.com.

Sarah Kirkland Snider's "Unremembered" on tour in the U.S. and Europe this spring

Sarah Kirkland Snider's song cycle
Unremembered
on tour in the
U.S., Holland, and Belgium this spring


Performances will feature vocalists
Padma Newsome, Shara Nova, and DM Stith

performing with
The Knights, North Carolina Symphony,
and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

and in Europe, the Doelen Ensemble and Codarts Rotterdam

Tour includes stops at
Brooklyn's National Sawdust and
Knoxville's Big Ears Festival


“The composer Sarah Kirkland Snider is a refreshingly slow worker: She spent four years weaving the richly textured polychrome tapestry of this new recording. Silver threads of medievalish counterpoint twist together with twinkling electronics, faux folk tunes, vintage pop melodies, and avant-garde choral techniques to create an intricately magical landscape.”
— Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

"Snider's music lives in...an increasingly populous inter-genre space that, as of yet, has produced only a few clear, confident voices. Snider is perhaps the most sophisticated of them all." 
Pitchfork


Sarah Kirkland Snider.  Photo credit: Willy Somma.

Sarah Kirkland Snider. 
Photo credit: Willy Somma.


Composer and New Amsterdam Records co-founder Sarah Kirkland Snider will share her highly lauded 13-part song cycle, Unremembered, with audiences around the U.S., Holland, and Belgium this spring. The hour-long work for orchestra, vocals, and electronics -- newly arranged for both chamber orchestra and octet versions -- explores the fragility and mystery of childhood recollection, and was inspired by poems and illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows (W.W. Norton; HarperCollins)

Unremembered was released in album form on New Amsterdam Records in 2015 and featured on "Best of 2015" lists by many respected publications including The Washington Post and The Nation, as well as named one of the "50 Best Classical Works of the Past Twenty Years" by Q2 Radio listeners in both 2015 and 2016. 

Buy Unremembered on BandcampiTunes and Amazon.

The featured vocalists featured on the Unremembered album, Padma Newsome (Clogs), Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), and DM Stith (Sufjan Stevens), will perform the work live this spring. In the U.S., they will be joined by musicians from The Knights at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, the North Carolina Symphony in Raleighand the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as part of the Liquid Music Festival. In Europe they will be joined by the Doelen Ensemble and Codarts Rotterdam.

The performances will be accompanied by multimedia projections of Nathaniel Bellows's haunting visual art that inspired the cycle.


Unremembered on tour:

All dates feature multimedia projections of Nathaniel Bellows's work,
and vocalists Padma Newsome, Shara Nova, and DM Stith

 

March 02 – Eindhoven, Holland @ Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Cross-Linx Festival w/ Doelen Ensemble/Codarts Rotterdam TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 03 – Groningen, Holland @ De Oosterpoort, Cross-Linx Festival w/ Doelen Ensemble/Codarts Rotterdam TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 04 – Rotterdam, Holland @ de Doelen, Cross-Linx Festival w/ Doelen Ensemble/Codarts Rotterdam TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 05 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Muziekgebouw, Cross-Linx Festival w/ Doelen Ensemble/Codarts Rotterdam TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 06 – Rotterdam, Holland @ de Doelen w/ Doelen Ensemble/Codarts Rotterdam TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 07 – Antwerp, Belgium @ deSingel w/ Doelen Ensemble/Codarts Rotterdam TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Ted Mann Concert Hall, Liquid Music Series w/ Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra  TICKETS / MORE INFO  (U.S. Premiere)

March 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust w/ The Knights TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 23 – Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival w/ The Knights TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 25 – Raleigh, NC @ CAM Raleigh w/ North Carolina Symphony TICKETS / MORE INFO

March 30 – Washington, DC @ Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian, SHIFT Festival w/ North Carolina Symphony TICKETS / MORE INFO


Watch the video for track "The River" here:


A meditation on memory, innocence, and the haunted grandeur of the natural world, Unremembered recalls strange and beautiful happenings experienced during a childhood in rural Massachusetts: a houseguest takes sudden leave in the middle of the night; a boy makes a shocking discovery on a riverbank; a girl disappears in woods behind a ranging farm; ghosts appear with messages for the living. Through Bellows's moving words and images and Snider's vivid, fraught, astonishing score, the cycle explores the ways in which beguiling events in early life can resonate in--and prepare us for--the subtler horrors that lie beyond the realm of childhood.

Hailed as “an intricately magical landscape” (Justin Davidson, New York Magazine) and "Snider's own brand of New England gothic that would make Edgar Allan Poe proud," (The Washington Post), Unremembered is “a deeply personal, brave work” (I Care If You Listen) that “attests to Ms. Snider’s thorough command of musical mood setting” (The New York Times) and "cements her reputation--begun with 2010's Penelope--as the finest composer for voice of her generation" (Agit Reader). Named to dozens of Best-of-2015 lists internationally including The Washington Post (Top Five), The Nation (Top Five), The Boston Globe’s Steve SmithThe Guardian’s Seth Colter WallsWNYC, and New Music BoxUnremembered was also called “one of the most significant and harrowing releases of the year” (Thought Catalog); “masterful…a stunning, immensely rewarding experience” (PopMatters); “evocative and strangely beautiful” (Opera News); “warped and eerie” (NPR Songs We Love); "luminous, otherworldly, and brilliantly individualistic (New York Music Daily); and “a glimpse into an entirely new sound world” (Indy Week).

“...Unremembered reel[s] through elusive and evocative glimpses of a rural childhood [demonstrating] Ms. Snider’s thorough command of musical mood setting, organically integrating the structural economy and direct impact of pop songs with deft, subtle orchestrations [lending]
emotional gravity and nuance.”

— Steve Smith, The New York Times
 

[Unremembered] is Snider’s own brand of New England gothic that would make Edgar Allan Poe proud. Snider’s music is multi-layered, often angular, and deftly blends ideas from rock and post-minimalist composers. Snider’s score, both terrifying and tender, gets a penetrating performance…but it is [her] fresh, instinctive way with voices that sets her apart from most of her peers…groups of voices pulsate in a shimmering bed of sound, take flight with interlocking patterns, and unfold in fanfares of Renaissance-like polyphony... Snider’s and Bellows’s mysterious and unsettling creations just may contain clues to understanding the darker truths of adulthood.”
— Tom Huizenga, The Washington Post


Sarah Kirkland Snider's music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.

Buy Unremembered on BandcampiTunes and Amazon.


New Amsterdam Records Unremembered album page: www.newamrecords.com/snider-unremembered

Unremembered website: www.unremembered-music.com

Sarah Kirkland Snider's website: www.sarahkirklandsnider.com

ANNOUNCING: Molly Joyce's debut EP "Lean Back and Release"


ANNOUNCING:

Molly Joyce's
Lean Back and Release


out January 27



composer's debut EP featuring violinists
Adrianna Mateo and Monica Germino


album available now exclusively through the NewAm Bandcamp Label Subscription 

will be available on other outlets on Jan. 27
pre-order here


“Joyce writes vibrant, inventive music that communicates
straight from the heart.” — Susan Scheid, Prufrock’s Dilemma


Composer Molly Joyce will release her debut recording Lean Back and Release January 27 on New Amsterdam Records. The work is a digital EP featuring two tracks for solo violin with live and pre-recorded electronics performed by violinists Adrianna Mateo and Monica Germino. The EP is available for download now — three weeks ahead of its release — exclusively through the New Amsterdam Records Bandcamp Subscription.

Pre-order and stream the title track here, and find more information on the label subscription here.


The title track of the EP, "Lean Back and Release", acclaimed for being written to "superb effect" by The Wire, was first performed professionally at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon by violinist Adrianna Mateo, for which Mateo was praised as "triumphant" by Time Out New York. The piece is driven by a very gradual descent for the violin in range, imagining the violinist steadily “leaning back” and finally “releasing” the distinct low register of the violin. Two accompanying pre-recorded violin tracks accompany the live violin in order to propel this descent. The recording was engineered and mixed by Andrew McKenna Lee, and mastered by Greg Kalember.

The title track is followed by a more recent work, "Shapeshifter", originally written for the Dutch duo of violinist Monica Germino and sound engineer Frank van der Weij. Premiered in April 2015 in The Hague and Amsterdam, "Shapeshifter" is motivated by the concept of control and losing it. It is driven by the fact that with the duo, Frank is typically not seen visually, and therefore the idea of him controlling Monica’s sound and gradually letting go of that control is highlighted throughout the piece, and for Monica to gradually “shape-shift” to a new and divergent sound. The recording was engineered by Frank van der Weij, Krišs Veismanis, and mixed by Michael Laurello, and mastered by Greg Kalember.


Molly Joyce on both works:

"'Lean Back and Release' and 'Shapeshifter' represent some of my first explorations into composing for acoustic instruments with accompanying electronics, and specifically how these instruments' sounds can transform electro-acoustically. With both works I was striving for a clear form that is driven by the changing range of the solo violinist, and how that change can be driven by an electronic backing track that is also derived from the acoustic violin.

Both pieces are also very much inspired by the violinists they are written for, and were written to challenge and showcase Adrianna and Monica's talents in new and unexpected ways."


Download Lean Back and Release via the New Amsterdam Records Label Subscription now here, and pre-order the EP via Bandcamp here.


Molly Joyce credit: Nadine Sherman

Molly Joyce
credit: Nadine Sherman


Tracklisting:

1. Lean Back and Release
2. Shapeshifter

Upcoming Performances:
 
Feb. 3-4, 2017: Claremont, CA @
Ussachevsky Festival at Pomona College
(featuring violinist Sarah Thornblade)  LINK
 
Mar. 9, 2017: Rotterdam, NL @ De Doelen
(featuring violinist Isa Goldschmeding)  LINK


Adrianna Mateo credit: Chesher Cat

Adrianna Mateo
credit: Chesher Cat


Monica Germino credit: Elisabeth Melchior

Monica Germino
credit: Elisabeth Melchior


Bios

Molly Joyce: Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “impassioned” (The Washington Post), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Her works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon and VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival. Learn more at www.mollyjoycemusic.com.

Adrianna Mateo: Adrianna Mateo merges the best of classical music with the down and dirty pleasures of rock. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and on stage at the Metropolitan Opera. Her performances have garnered high praise from TimeOut New York (“Triumphant”) and The New York Times. Adrianna successfully crowdfunded her debut album with the support of luminaries including Nico Muhly, David Lang, and ETHEL. Learn more at www.adriannamateo.com.

Monica Germino: Amsterdam-based, American/Dutch violinist Monica Germino is on the cutting edge of new music. Hailed by The Sunday Times (UK) as a ‘striking presence’ whose ‘virtuosity was exhilarating’, she has collaborated with such composers as Louis Andriessen, John Cage, Heiner Goebbels, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti and Julia Wolfe. Together with sound engineer Frank van der Weij, she has presented revolutionary multimedia programs worldwide. Her performances often feature singing and playing. Monica plays a Joannes Baptista Ceruti violin, on permanent loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation, and a custom-made 'Violectra’. She co-founded the international ensemble. Learn more at www.monicagermino.com.

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NOW AVAILABLE: Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices" Vinyl + Remixes

NOW AVAILABLE:

Caroline Shaw's
Pulitzer Prize-winning
Partita for 8 Voices


first-ever vinyl edition +
digital-only EP of remixes

created by Olga Bell, Lorna Dune, No Lands, Morgan Packard, Aaron Roche, and Violetness



New Amsterdam Records is proud to announce the first-ever vinyl edition of Caroline Shaw's seminal Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices, performed by Roomful of Teeth. The vinyl (pressed at 45 RPM and featuring artwork by DM Stith) is available now via Bandcamp, alongside a digital-only EP of Partita remixes by Olga Bell, Lorna Dune, No Lands, Morgan Packard, Aaron Roche, and Violetness, originally created for New Amsterdam's 2013 Fundraiser.


Composed over three summers from 2009-2011, in collaboration with Roomful of Teeth during their residencies at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. It is the only Pulitzer awarded to an a cappella vocal work, and Shaw, a singer in the ensemble, is the youngest composer ever to receive the prize.

The score’s inscription reads: Partita is a simple piece. Born of a love of surface and structure, of the human voice, of dancing and tired ligaments, of music, and of our basic desire to draw a line from one point to another.

Each movement takes a cue from the traditional baroque suite in initial meter and tone, but the familiar historic framework is soon stretched and broken through “speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects” (Pulitzer jury citation). Roomful of Teeth’s utterly unique approach to singing and vocal timbre originally helped to inspire and shape the work during its creation, and the ensemble continues to refine and reconsider the colors and small details with every performance.

Allemande opens with the organized chaos of square dance calls overlapping with technical wall drawing directions of the artist Sol LeWitt, suddenly congealing into a bright, angular tune that never keeps its feet on the ground for very long. There are allusions to the movement’s intended simulation of motion and of space in the short phrases of text throughout, which are sometimes sung and sometimes embedded as spoken texture. Sarabande’s quiet restraint in the beginning is punctured in the middle by an ecstatic, belted melody that resolves quietly at the end, followed soon after by the Inuit-inspired hocketed breaths of Courante. A wordless quotation of the American folk hymn “Shining Shore” appears at first as a musical non-sequitur but later recombines with the rhythmic breaths as this longest movement is propelled to its final gasp. Passacaglia is a set of variations on a repeated chord progression, first experimenting simply with vowel timbre, then expanding into a fuller texture with the return of the Sol LeWitt text.

Of the premiere of Shaw’s Partita, New York magazine wrote: “She has discovered a lode of the rarest commodity in contemporary music: joy.” And it is with joy that this piece is meant to be received in years to come.