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Members of Fifth House Ensemble.

CD Review: ‘Excelsior,’ by Fifth House Ensemble

CD Review: ‘Excelsior,’ by Fifth House Ensemble

CHICAGO, December 4, 2014 – There was a time not so long ago when the new music offerings in Chicago were narrow in availability as well as aesthetic breadth. If recent years have seen a new music renaissance in the city, Fifth House Ensemble is surely near the front of the innovative pack. This group’s

Tre Voci. (PR photo of the artists)

CD Review: ‘Tre Voci.’
 Poetry, music collide in trio’s impressive effort

CHICAGO, November 5, 2014 – Tre Voci: three contrasting compositional voices speak through three contrasting instruments in this new ECM recording. Violist Kim Kashkashian added Italian-American flautist Marina Piccinini and Israeli harpist Sivan Magen to form this new trio whose geographical spread is almost as wide as that of the music on this, their first

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, viewed from Lake Erie.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees – voting links here

CLEVELAND, October 9, 2014 — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced its nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. 2015 nominees are: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Chic Green Day Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Kraftwerk The Marvelettes W.A Nine Inch Nails Lou Reed The

François Couturier and Anja Lechner.

Of Priests and Poets: ‘Moderato Cantabile’

CHICAGO, October 5, 2014 – Self-proclaimed esoteric Christian spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff is best known for teaching “the Fourth Way.” That’s a method for achieving deeper consciousness he has endeavored to spread in different centers around the world. Less known is his fascinating foray into music composition, specifically dictating his musical ideas to Ukrainian composer

Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.

CD Review: Tigran Mansurian, ‘Quasi Parlando’

CHICAGO, September 16, 2014 – In September and October, we will present a series of articles relating to recent releases and catalogue highlights from ECM Records of Germany. ECM’s “New” series, produced by the enigmatic Manfred Eicher, may well be the most exciting and accessible new music label in existence. It is certainly a wonderful


Q&A with Betsey Streeter Giammattei: Never missing her keys

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 —In some ways Betsey Giammattei is a pretty typical twenty year old. She’s in college, she works part times, and she’s got a boyfriend. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a very driven young woman, studying at Ivy League Barnard College and at Columbia University, majoring in economics, and

Image courtesy Dominican House of Studies Schola.

Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’

COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long