Source: Other Minds.
Anthony Braxton: Duet (Other Minds) 2021
This recording documents a duo performance at Other Minds Festival 25 by Anthony Braxton and his colleague in reeds, James Fei. According to Festival panel discussion host Nate Chinen, “my experience of Braxton and Fei in the room, crouching to face one another in action poses, evoked not an absence but a concentrated presence — or presentness, to use an ungainlier yet somehow truer word. From moment to moment, what you notice is a profound attunement to breath and overtone, rhythm and space. The piece is as suspenseful, at times, as Hitchcock, and as obliquely stunning as Kubrick.”
Lou Harrison: Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin
Release Date: September 23, 2022
This recording is a near-unheard early composition by legendary American Maverick composer Lou Harrison, Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin (1936), performed by violinist Kate Stenberg. This short piece was written by the precocious composer when he was barely out of high school, still a teenager, but already a year deep into studies under Henry Cowell, studies that occurred during Cowell’s stint in San Quentin State Prison. The piece was entirely unheard from its composition until it was uncovered by violinist Gary Beswick, who gave the piece its premiere in 1963. It wallowed in the obscurity of juvenilia until composer and Frog Peak Music’s Larry Polansky transcribed the piece from its original manuscript, which found its way to Stenberg.
Carol Law and Charles Amirkhanian: Hypothetical Moments
Release Date: October 7, 2022
Hypothetical Moments is a DVD of the collaborative works of Carol Law and Charles Amirkhanian, available on video for the first time. Some of the work included within will be familiar to followers of Amirkhanian’s work (Dog of Stravinsky, Mahogany Ballpark), but the vast majority of Hypothetical Moments has been entirely unavailable until now. Both video and audio have been lovingly restored and remastered, opening up a new pathway into the densely layered and referential world that the pair created over the decade covered by this collection.