Author Archive for Divine Art Recording Group

Ustvolskaya works for violin & piano

Following the critical praise and popularity enjoyed by her 2-CD set of the piano music of Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian pianist Natalia Andreeva is joining forces with the exceptionally talented violinist Evgeny Sorkin, to record Ustvolskaya’s two major works for violin and piano, which they performed in concert to great acclaim in March.

Natalia started her ‘Ustvolskaya project’ in 2006 in Chicago, where she was a Fulbright scholar. Since then she has regularly included Ustvolskaya’s solo piano and chamber works in her recitals and remains in touch with Ustvolskaya’s widower, Mr Konstantin Bagrenin, who is a great help and encouragement for her works. Natalia currently holds the position of the Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia, where she completed her PhD in Piano Performance.

Evgeny Sorkin attended the Moscow State Conservatorium and went on to study at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he is currently a staff member while he balances his teaching with a busy recital schedule. Most notable is Evgeny’s performance of the complete Beethoven sonata cycle with the renowned Dutch-Australian pianist Gerard Willems.

The recording is to be made at the ABC Studios in Sydney, Australia in September, and will be scheduled for release in the spring of 2019.

Robin Walker Chamber Works

We are pleased to announce a new album of chamber works from Robin Walker. The album will include a range of works, including his magical double concerto for violin, recorder and string orchestra (A Prayer and a Dance of Two Spirits). Robin is already known to us. His tribute to the late John McCabe And Will you Walk Beside Me Down the Lane was featured on the highly praised recent album ‘A Garland for John McCabe’ released in February.

The album will be recorded over two sessions in the coming months. The first, at St. Thomas’s Church, Stockport, is on 5th July, with the Manchester Sinfonia conducted by Richard Howarth, who will record the double concerto for violin and recorder, A Prayer and a Dance of Two Spirits, with Emma McGrath (violin) and John Turner (recorder). At this session Emma will also record the solo violin piece She took me down to Cayton Bay specially commissioned for the disc by The Ida Carroll Trust. Robin is a native Yorkshireman, and Cayton Bay is a modest seaside resort on the Yorkshire coast. In the piece he has taken the opportunity to blend the ecstasy of the romantic violin with the grounded timelessness of folk-song. Being an exponent of folk-violin as well as a master performer of the concertos of the Romantic repertoire, Robin anticipates Emma’s complete understanding of the piece.

Emma will fly in especially for the recording session from Tasmania where she is Concert master of The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She is a former associate leader of The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and was a string finalist in The BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2002.

While in Stockport, John Turner will record Walker’s solo recorder piece A Rune for St Mary’s. St. Mary’s is the parish church of Stockport and the ‘rune’ the piece is based on is a thousand-year-old stone cross in a field above the farm where the composer lives in the Pennine Hills of Northern England. From some angles it looks like a cross – from other angles it seems to be a primitive stone face presiding over the hillside.

The second recording session will be in late September, during which two pieces for double bass will be recorded by the virtuoso player Leon Bosch. The more recent of the two pieces involved Robin taking lessons on the instrument. He remembers that in the course of the lessons “it was like getting to know a large and unusual person, several centuries older than myself.” The solo piece is called The Song of Bone on Stone and it sings of human fragility (‘bone’) in contact with the implacable permanence of Nature (‘stone’). The recording session will also include a solo cello piece called His Spirit Over The Waters, performed by Jennifer Langridge, and is a memorial for a university colleague of Robin’s in Manchester.

In addition to the works to be recorded this summer, the album will contain one older recording, the miniature string quartet I Thirst performed by Manchester Camerata Ensemble.

Robin Walker was born in York, England in 1953 and attended schools attached to York Minster – where he was Head Chorister – for ten years. He studied at Durham University with the Australian composer David Lumsdaine, and subsequently at the Royal College of Music in London with the late Anthony Milner. He taught at various universities for a decade before withdrawing from academic and city life. He moved to the Pennine Hills of the West Riding of Yorkshire in order to concentrate on composition, and has lived on or next to a farm for the last thirty years. His current preoccupation is with the instinctual basis of musical tradition, and its expression in opera.

Videos on Amazon

Besides producing high quality and award-winning classical music albums, we also have a growing collection of video albums, and they are readily available on Amazon! These include the recently released new music for silent films from Ed Hughes, called ‘Symphonic Visions’. In this fascinating collection, Hughes writes new scores for classic silent films like “A Voyage to the Moon” (1902) and the surrealist “The Nose” (1963), in addition to teaming up with filmmaker Lizzie Thynne to produce “Brighton: Symphony of a City”, a portrait of everyday life (today and yesterday) in Brighton, England.

‘Quartet Choreography’ is a demonstration that music very often should be seen as well as heard. This superb film is not only the record of brilliant performances of major modern quartets performed by the Kreutzer Quartet, but is also a valuable and rewarding tool for observing how the members of an ensemble communicate and interact.

Percussion masterworks meet art cinema in ‘Solo’, a state-of-the-art production. Multiple award-winning Danish percussionist Mathias Reumert sets a new standard with the performances of contemporary percussion music, beautifully captured and transformed into short films by director Christian Holten Bonke.

With ‘When the Flame Dies’, viewers will see another side of composer Ed Hughes, as he presents a new opera with libretto based on the Orpheus legend, a main character alluding to Jean Cocteau.

The Juniper Project

We’re excited to welcome harp and flute duo ‘The Juniper Project’, comprising Greek flutist Anna Rosa Mari and Welsh harpist Eira Lynn Jones, who have recorded an album of Romantic works both popular and less well known including a couple of surprises.

Eira Lynn Jones is currently Head of Harp at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and is a regular performer both in solo recitals and in orchestral and chamber settings, and for a time was a member of the Manhattan Contemporary Music Ensemble, playing around the USA from New York to the Hollywood Bowl; she has also made appearances on British TV and has taught in several countries. Her debut solo CD including a mix of classical and folk pieces played on harp and clarsach met with notable success.

Anna Rosa Mari graduated from the Royal Northern and while still a student, was appointed solo flute of the Greek National Opera Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, European Union Chamber Orchestra and Malta Philharmonic and gives solo and chamber recitals regularly. Like her duo partner she has a keen interest in contemporary music. She is also very active in community and outreach work, and has presented music in refugee camps as part of the Greek El Sistema program and worked in India for children in extreme poverty.

The Juniper Project’s album is scheduled for release in September (Divine Art Records DDA 25179).

Spectralism on Métier

Spectral music fits right in with the Métier label’s focus of contemporary music, leaning more towards the adventurous side. Marilyn Nonken is one of the most celebrated champions of modern piano music in the USA and Joshua Fineberg is a leading light in the younger generation of spectral composers. Their album, ‘Voix Voilées’, (which also includes a major work from Hugues Dufourt) received much praise from Fanfare with four reviews from the magazine and equal praise from International Piano.

“There is not a pianist playing today who can bring more subtlety and energy to the music of Fineberg and Dufourt than does Marilyn Nonken. This is an absolutely essential piano disc…” – Marc Medwin (Fanfare)
“Dense, mercilessly virtuosic writing … Nonken handles the incremental tension superbly.” – Graham Lock (International Piano)

Marilyn’s previous album of spectal music by Tristan Murail also received commendations. Peter Burwasser (Fanfare) called it “a spectacular introduction to this tantalizing world.” It’s also Métier’s best selling title worldwide.

For those interested in spectral music, and especially if you are a fan of Joshua Fineberg, his most recent album ‘Sonic Fictions’ is his new compositional philosophy and technique arising out of the spectral compositional style and it too is already being recognized by critics.

Joshua Fineberg ’15 Questions’ interview

With his new ‘Sonic Fictions’ recording out this month, Joshua Fineberg has become a leader in new music. Josh recently spoke with ’15 Questions’, a music magazine that interviews the most iconic and interesting artists of our time.

Read the full interview here.

500 titles and counting…..

Phew… it may have taken 26 years but then for the first 15 of those we ran the label as a part time hobby to support musicians – now it’s a full time occupation to support musicians. But May sees the 500th release from Divine Art group labels (see ‘future releases’ for details – MJD 72405 Nina’s Clock) which I suppose is some sort of achievement especially as the industry demands more and more data and administration time. There are over 20 new albums scheduled for the second half of the year: busy times!

Peter Seivewright – Finalist for Ernst Bacon Award

Congratulations to pianist Peter Seivewright! His ‘American Piano Sonatas’ recording is a finalist in the Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance of American Music, professional division.

The award is among many contests of The American Prize and “recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings.” The album includes works by Edward MacDowell, Elliott Carer and Miklós Rózsa.

To learn more about the prestigious national competition visit their website.

 

Athene release from Mariko Terashi

Japanese pianist Mariko Terashi is currently resident in the UK. She pursued her musical training in France from Catherine Collard and Yvonne Lefébure and now performs regularly on the UK concert platform, has appeared on Spanish TV, and collaborates with the Polish Orchestra Vita Activa.

Her upcoming album is one of baroque pieces, but performed on modern piano. The album was recorded by Nami Records, and released locally in Japan to great praise and will now see worldwide distribution with its summer 2018 release on the Athene label (ATH 23207) – our label for early and baroque works and ‘period instruments’.

Mariko has developed her own playing style that retains the poise and ornamentation of the original music, while exploiting the warmer timbre of the piano. Regarded as “offering fresh insights into the music”, she responds with “delicate nuance” and “tremendous emotional depth”.

Tomono Kawamura – ‘Reminiscence’

Tomono Kawamura has been working in London for some time, though currently living back in Japan, and is also a very popular performer on cruise ships. Her debut album, ‘Reminiscence’, reflects repertoire found in her shipboard concerts with a program of popular masterworks – and one or two rarities including the first recording of her own piece ‘Variations’.

‘Reminiscence’ will be issued on the Divine Art label (DDA 25170) in the summer.

Tomono was awarded a scholarship by the Yamaha Music Foundation, after studying at the Yamaha Music School starting at the age of 3, to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There she studied with Christopher Elton and the late Maria Curcio. She has appeared as a soloist throughout Asia, Europe and the UK in such venues as the Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, St. Martin in the Fields and the Wigmore Hall, London.

‘Women of History’

Divine Art Records continues its series of recordings with American organist Carson Cooman, who is organist at the Memorial Church at Harvard, as well as being a teacher, writer, speaker, music critic and incredibly prolific composer. Following three recordings including organ works by German composers Andreas Willscher and Raimund Schächer, Cooman has recorded an album of music by the Italian composer Carlotta Ferrari (b.1975). Ferrari’s compositions have been performed frequently around the word and appear on many recordings including six all-Ferrari CDs. She is currently professor of music composition at the European School of Economics in Florence, Italy.

Ferrari has written many works based on historical figures, and the five works on this album are all inspired by the lives and works of famous women, lending to the album’s title, ‘Women of History’. She writes in a distinctive modal style, utilising the modal harmonic system of ‘Restarting Pitch Space’ which was actually developed by Cooman in 2005.

The recording will be issued this July on CD and many digital formats (Divine Art dda 25178). Cooman’s own compositions continue to appear, performed by Erik Simmons, in the ongoing series from Divine Art, with three more volumes scheduled for 2018.

The release is also timely as 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein which is the inspiration for the first piece.

Tracks
Lady Frankenstein
Maria Restituta
Historia Gullielmae
Viva la vida
Esctasy (La transverberazione di Teresa d’Avila)

The passing of composer Laura Shur

We are sad to report that composer Laura Shur died recently.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Laura studied at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music, and graduated with a Diploma in Musical Education. She then took further study at Jordanhill Teacher Training College to gain a School Teaching Diploma and also gained the ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music) in piano performance.

She has spent her life mainly teaching, both in high schools and at the Royal Scottish Academy as well as with private students. However she also maintained a performing career, enjoying a debut at the Royal Festival Hall, and several BBC broadcasts as a soloist as well as working with chamber ensembles. Her over 50 compositions have been published by a number of companies including Universal, Novello and others. Several of her pieces for piano six-hands and piano duets were included in Trinity College of Music’s syllabus – Trinity also commissioned 20 of her Trios.

Laura Shur’s song ‘The Smile’, performed by contralto Georgina Colwell with pianist Nigel Foster, was included in the album ‘Lights Out’ produced for the English Poetry and Song Society and released in 2017 (Diversions DDV 24165).

Peter Katin – Remembering a keyboard genius

We fondly remember the remarkable pianist Peter Katin this month on the two year anniversary of his death.

Peter Katin was admitted to the senior department of the Royal Academy of Music when he was twelve, four years before the official age of entry. He went on to become “among the leading British virtuosos, on a plane with Solomon and Clifford Curzon” (Audiophile Audition) and the Daily Telegraph said his playing has the ability to transcend fashion. He debuted at the Wigmore Hall in 1948 at the age of 18, returning in 1998 for a 50th anniversary performance, and had a long teaching and performance career that took him throughout the world.

His discography has reached some forty recordings, mainly for Decca for whom he was one of their top star artists. But among them are two albums he privately released as a retrospective of his career: Peter Katin Plays Chopin and Fifty Years of Music Making were limited releases, not available in stores. These two albums are “a feast for Katin admirers” (MusicWeb) and the perfect introduction into a pianist whose repertoire was extensive. We are offering each CD for half price this month! Little known to most admirers he also made three recordings on period square pianos, for our Athene label; all of his Divine Art titles are here.

Two new albums from top composers on the Métier label

Sonic Fictions

Joshua Fineberg, a composer known for his spectral music, has developed it into a new form of composition with his next album. Sonic Fiction, the term he uses to describe the musical style, is a complex concept which stresses the abstract music as creating its own ‘fiction’ story and world. It is perhaps the antithesis of impressionism and program music.

Virtuoso accordionist Pascal Contet and the renowned Arditti Quartet will be joined by the Argento Chamber Ensemble and Talea Ensemble.

‘Sonic Fictions’ will be released in April (Métier MSV 28564).

Michael Finnissy string quartets

Michael Finnissy is one of Britain’s most accomplished and acclaimed contemporary composers. His new album of music for string quartet is his second album dedicated to string quartet works and the 12th album dedicated to his compositions on the Métier label.

The Kreutzer Quartet give all the works their first recording and are joined by Linda Merrick, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music and one of the UK’s foremost woodwind players in the new music field, in Finnissy’s Clarinet Quintet.  Also included is Finnissy’s arrangement of the final unfinished Contrapunctus from Bach’s Art of Fugue, and Finnissy’s completion of the fugue.

The disc is likely to be released toward the end of 2018 (Metier MSV 28581).

Track List – Sonic Fictions
L’abîme  (bass clarinet, bassoon & cello)
Just as much entangled with other matter  (accordion/playback)
La Quintina  (string quartet/electronics)
Objets trouvés  (piano & chamber ensemble)

Track list – Michael Finnissy
Six Sexy Minuets Three Trios (this is also the title of the album)
Clarinet Quintet
Contrapunctus XIX and Continuation (after J.S. Bach)
Civilisation
Mad Men in the Sand

2018 Composer Anniversaries

We celebrate several composers this year with historic anniversaries:

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco died 50 years ago on March 17. The Italian composer was most known as a guitar composer and for the more than 200 movies he composed music for in Hollywood. But he also composed piano music and the recent release by fellow Italian Alfonso Soldano has received many rave reviews. Learn more here.

On March 25, 1918, the world lost Claude Debussy at the young age of 55. If you are a fan of the impressionist, we have twelve recordings with works written by him.

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg turns 175 this year on June 15. Among several others, one of the noted albums which includes works by Grieg is the ‘Grieg and Finnissy Piano Quintets’. It includes the first recording of his unfinished Piano Quintet as completed by Michael Finnissy. ‘Grieg for Piano Duo’ is also a very popular album from Goldstone & Clemmow.

Charles Gounod turns 200 this year – he was born on June 17, 1818 in Paris – and it is also the 125th anniversary of his death. The 1920 (Italian) recording of ‘Faust’, his well known grand opera, was magnificently restored and re-mastered by Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio for its release on our Historic Sound label.

Leonard Bernstein turns 100 in August. His “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” was his first published piece (1942) and is now part of the standard repertoire for clarinets. Clinton Cormany and Cristo Barrios perform it on ‘Modern Music for Clarinet’.

We also remember Pyotr Tchaikovsky who died 125 years ago this coming November. Pianist Anthony Goldstone was a dedicated fan of Tchaikovsky and recorded 3 albums (one with duo partner Caroline Clemmow) for Divine Art. Discover these and other Tchaikovsky recordings here.

“The Italian Mozart” Gioachino Rossini’s 150th death anniversary is November 13. Two of his works are among Divine Art recordings.

Rawsthorne Rarities

As a sequel to the forthcoming release (February) ‘A Garland for John McCabe’, Divine Art will release later in the year another album of rare 20th/21st century British works, centred around the music of Alan Rawsthorne. This includes the premier recording of his 1939 Chamber Cantata, an unknown early String Quartet and his entertaining but rarely heard ‘Practical Cats’ (after T.S. Eliot) – a world away from the Lloyd Webber musical and heard here in the arrangement by Peter Dickinson for reciter and piano in similar fashion to Walton’s ‘Façade’. The program includes complementary works, all rarities deserving recognition, by eight other composers and is also dedicated by all concerned to the memory of the late John McCabe. The album is likely to be released around June or July on Divine Art DDA 25169 (CD and digital formats).

The performers are:
Clare Wilkinson (mezzo-soprano)
Mark Rowlinson (baritone/reciter)
John Turner (recorder)
Harvey Davies (harpsichord)
Peter Lawson (piano)
Solem String Quartet

Full program:
Alan Rawsthorne: Chamber Cantata (1939)
Alan Rawsthorne: Practical Cats (1954)
Alan Rawsthorne: String Quartet in B minor (1932-3)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Willow Whistle (c.1939)
Halsey Stevens: Sonatina Piacevole (1955-6)
Basil Deane/Raymond Warren: The Rose Tree (2008)
Karel Janovický: The Little Linden Pipe (2016)
Donald Waxman: Serenade and Caprice (2016)
Arthur Bliss: The Buckle (1921)
Malcolm Lipkin: The Journey (2016)
David Ellis: Mount Street Blues (2016)

Divine Art launches series for top Russian composer

In 2017 Divine Art released two discs containing music by Vyacheslav Artyomov, regarded by many as the foremost composer in Russia today. His orchestral and chamber works display a totally individual voice yet informed and inspired by such as Mahler, Scriabin and Messiaen, and also imbued with a deep sense of spirituality – and a searching for a better world. Following the success and critical acclaim for these two albums, Divine Art has obtained rights from Melodiya in Russia and from the composer’s archive to release a series of seven albums of Artyomov’s music, which will be released over the next 12 months (in CD and digital formats); the recordings were made at various times over the last 20 years and are to be remastered for the new issue – yet hardly any of them were available previously in the West.

Artyomov’s works have been nominated for many prizes in Russia and the USA; several books have been written about him and his music has been commissioned and premiered by some of the biggest names in Russian music including the composer’s good friend Mstislav Rostropovich, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev and many more.

The existing albums (catalog numbers dda 25143 and dda 25144) each include one Symphony from Artyomov’s epic cycle ‘Symphony of the Way’ – and the other two are in the forthcoming releases.

Series details

I               Divine Art DDA 25164 to be released on 20 April 2018
Sola Fide (Only by Faith) – Suites 3 and 4 from the Ballet
Solo singers / Kaunas State Choir / Oleg Yanchenko (organ) / Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitri Kitaenko
NB: This ballet uses music extracted from the composer’s Requiem (see below) hence the vocal and choral parts.
Tempo Costante – Concerto for orchestra
Moscow Chamber Orchestra ‘Musica Viva’ conducted by Murad Annamamedov

II             Divine Art DDA 25171 to be released on 15 June 2018
Symphony – The Way to Olympus (part of the Symphony of the Way cycle)
USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by T. Minbayev
Gurian Hymn
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitri Kitaenko
Preludes to Sonnets
Anton Bagatov (piano)
Concert of the 13
Mykola Suk (piano), USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Virko Baley

Following titles –  provisional programs – not all artist details to hand yet
III            Divine Art DDA 25172
A Symphony of Elegies
Awakening
Incantations

IV            Divine Art DDA 25173
Lamentations
Tristia I
Pietà
In Memoriam

V             Divine Art DDA 25174
A Sonata of Meditations
A Garland of Recitations
Totem

VI            Divine Art DDA 25175
Star Wind
Variations
Moonlight Dreams
Romantic Capriccio
Mattinate
Scenes

VII          Divine Art DDA 25176
Requiem

More organ albums from Divine Art

Divine Art has announced the latest in the new series of organ recordings made by American organist Carson Cooman, following his two recent albums of music by Andreas Willscher. The new disc features more works by Willscher and also major pieces by Raimund Schächer (b. 1960).  Schächer is an expert on early, Renaissance and baroque music which is reflected in his often very traditional style, seen here most obviously in his Sonata Antiqua. The recording features the breathtaking sounds of the Sonnenorgel (Sun Organ) at Pfarrkirche, Görlitz, Germany which Divine Art CEO Stephen Sutton considers one of the most beautifully voiced organs he has heard in fifty years.

As an active concert organist, Cooman specializes in the performance of contemporary music. Over 130 new works have been composed for him by composers from around the world, and his organ performances can be heard on a number of CD recordings. Cooman is also a writer on musical subjects, producing articles and reviews frequently for a number of international publications. He is organist of the Memorial Church at Harvard University.

Cooman is also well known as a prolific composer and Divine Art has three more albums of his organ music, performed by Erik Simmons, in the can for release later this year; these will be volumes 8-10 of the Cooman Organ Music series. The seventh in the series, ‘Owl Night’, will be officially released in March of this year.

The Schächer/Willscher organ works album is scheduled for release on May 18, 2018 on Divine Art (DDA 25168).

12 Harpsichord Suites of Johann Froberger

Veteran English harpsichordist Gilbert Rowland returns to the studio in July 2018 to record 12 of the Harpsichord Suites of Johann Froberger for Athene Records, the early-music imprint of Divine Art. This follows Rowland’s survey on 6 CDs of the suites by Handel and his recent 3-CD box of the suites by Johann Mattheson which has become one of the label’s best sellers of 2017 and received international critical praise.

Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667) was a highly accomplished composer of the middle baroque and is usually credited with inventing the ‘baroque suite’ used with variations by Bach, Handel and countless other composers; certainly it was his idea to set the ‘backbone’ of the Suite as the four dance movements of allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue. He was extremely prolific and Stephen Sutton, CEO at Divine Art, is hopeful that this will be the first of a series eventually containing all of Froberger’s harpsichord music – this may be a challenge as considerable numbers of works have been recently discovered so the ‘complete’ works may not be established for some time! This first volume will be released late 2018/early 2019 but the exact date has not been yet finalized.

New Music from Basil Athanasiadis

‘Soft Light’, the new album from Basil Athanasiadis, will be a fascinating mix of Greek and Japanese influences. Athanasiadis’ works are characterized by a strong visual identity, brought to life on this album by the ensemble Shonorities. Our CEO, Stephen Sutton, is “delighted to have signed a composer with such a unique and exotic blend of styles”.

Athanasiadis studied at the National Conservatoire of Athens and in the UK at Trinity College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, and Canterbury Christ Church University. He explored Japanese and Western instruments as a Special Foreign Researcher at the Tokyo University of the Arts and has previously released three CDs with Sargasso Records. His scores are published by United Music Publishing Ltd. and Oxford University Press.

Shonorities, founded by Athanasiadis, is a diverse group of performers and composers committed to promoting a range of repertoire that encompasses a wide spectrum of musical styles including old, contemporary and traditional pieces. By blending a variety of musical cultures, Shonorities aims to show the potential of the cross cultural collaboration in the contemporary music creation. The collaboration with choreographers and dancers, lighting designers and the inclusion of electronics enhance the performance experience. The unity of the concerts is achieved by introducing a theme that underscores the repertoire.

Shonorities personnel on this recording: Shie Shoji (voice); Naomi Sato (sh­ō and soprano saxophone); Stelios Chatsiiosifidis (violin); Lin Lin (flute); Jasmina Samssuli (piano)

To be released in mid 2018 on MSV 28584.