95/25: Uhuru

Uhuru is a self-released album which was completed during the winter of 1995 and released in the fall. I had originally hoped to release it on CD but was unable to secure sufficient funds, so it arrived in a run of 100 cassettes. The program was over 70 minutes long, comprising mainly songs and instrumentals… Continue reading 95/25: Uhuru

Twenty Tens

As a farewell to the decade when music collections and manual selection became niche, here’s an old-fashioned segue mix. Ìfé | Bangah (Pico y Palo) Georgia Anne Muldrow | Overload Ibeyi | River D’Angelo and The Vanguard | Really Love King | Red Eye Thundercat | Them Changes Erykah Badu | Gone Baby, Don’t Be… Continue reading Twenty Tens

Best of 2019

Layale Chaker & Sarafand Inner Rhyme Flying Lotus Flamagra Shafiq Husayn The Loop Kaytranada Bubba Anne-Sophie Mutter / John Williams Across the Stars Anderson .Paak Ventura Caroline Shaw / Attacca Quartet Orange Solange When I Get Home James Tenney Changes: 64 Studies for 6 Harps Dwight Trible Mothership Honourable mention: Marvin Gaye You’re the Man

1994+25: Exoplanet

“Exoplanet” (1994) was commissioned by choreographer Dave Wilson for the student dance ensemble at McMaster University. Musically, it is a kind of postlude to the score for the dance suite “Land of the Living,” which I composed for a festival performance in Lyon several weeks before. I had intended to release both scores as part… Continue reading 1994+25: Exoplanet

Best of 2018

Brandon Coleman Resistance Tigran Hamasyan For Gyumri Zaki Ibrahim The Secret Life of Planets The Internet Hive Mind JACK Quartet Everything That Rises (John Luther Adams) Kuniko Drumming (Steve Reich) Kukuruz Quartet Julius Eastman Piano Interpretations Kendrick Lamar/Various Artists Black Panther: The Album Kelly Moran Ultraviolet Georgia Anne Muldrow Overload Steve Reich/International Contemporary Ensemble/Colin Currie Group Pulse/Quartet Esperanza Spalding… Continue reading Best of 2018

Otherwhere

British responses to Black diasporic music, and other sounds from formative walks in SSM and Toronto, via a recollection of refrains, harmonic worlds visited and the journeys between Omar | You’ve Got to Move Working Week | Inner City Blues The Brand New Heavies | Dream On Dreamer Colourbox | Philip Glass Young Disciples |… Continue reading Otherwhere

Best of 2017

Alarm Will Sound with Meet the Composer Splitting Adams (Cantaloupe) Sarah Cahill with Regina Myers and Samuel Adams Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley (Irritable Hedgehog) Ars Nova Copenhagen First Drop (Cantaloupe) Julius Eastman The Zürich Concert (New World) ÌFÉ IIII+IIII (Discos Ifá) Kelly Moran Bloodroot (Telegraph Harp) Sampha Process… Continue reading Best of 2017

1996+21: limina

limina, for two pianos and percussion (1996), was composed as an exploratory diversion between larger projects. The title, “thresholds,” is meant to suggest points of transition or spaces between categories. There are two sections; the longer and more eventful first is in duple metre and features a pop-like, four-chord progression in A major. The second… Continue reading 1996+21: limina