Spring 2019

issue # 133

Sound notes

Webber/Morris Big Band

A pair of Canadian jazz composers are leading their new ensemble to the frontlines of New York’s most adventurous big-band resurgence.

On a cold January evening in 2019, Angela Morris approaches the bandstand of Manhattan’s Jazz Gallery and announces that she will be able to conduct her piece that night. A few days ago [...]

Read more » Kurt Gottschalk »

Manuella Blackburn’s Landline

FIRST-PLACE WINNER, MUSICWORKS' 2018 ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSITION CONTEST

In the pantheon of sounds, the tone, whirr, and ring of the rotary phone belong in the “gone but not forgotten” gallery. If someone’s mobile phone rings à la Ma Bell [...]

Read more » Jennie Punter »

HAVN Records: Fronting Art Music in ‘The Hammer’

First came the band, then the space, then the label.             The band is Haolin Munk, a jazz and hip-hop quartet formed [...]

Read more » Daniel Glassman »

Features

Musicworks 133

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SPRING 2019 ISSUE?

The lively stories in the Spring 2019 issue are sure to spark conversations about the diverse ways that people develop creative ideas and potential. BUY THE ISSUE NOW!

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Linda Catlin Smith Lets In the Light

A SCAVENGER OF LISTENING

 

It’s 2004. I am taking my first composition course at Mount Allison University. I have recently become enamoured of new music and am catching up on a long list of listening in the[...]

Read more » Monica Pearce »

Wadada Leo Smith and the Possibilities of Dreaming

TRUE COMMUNICATION

Think of this as a sketch.

We’re not going to get into a complete report on the doings of Wadada Leo Smith here, his more than fifty recordings, his dozens of[...]

Read more » Alexander Varty »

The Musical Colours of Dominique Fils-Aimé

REAL REVOLUTION

On the 2004 live-concert recording Tour de Force, the renowned American poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron introduces his 1981 song “Is That Jazz?”: “Go to your record store . . . look at[...]

Read more » Chaka V. Grier »

Visions of sound

Pleasure Calls, by Camae Ayewa and Carmel Farahbakhsh

ARCHIVING DISTANCE THROUGH SONIC JOY

Pleasure Calls is a collaborative, interdisciplinary installation and performance by Camae Ayewa and Carmel Farahbakhsh that activates revolutionary ways of loving one another. The [...]

Read more » Nicholas Dourado »