Source: Houston Public Media.
It all started because Tom Steenland really dug the music of composer Tod Dockstader. He wanted the rest of the world to hear it, too. And so began the (thus far) 25-year DIY project born out of Steenland’s passion for innovative sound that is Starkland Records, a label that specializes in experimental music, alternative classical, and the avant-garde. Since the label started in 1991 (AKA, the Year Punk Broke), Steenland has almost single-handedly propelled Starkland’s motor, doing the bulk of the work for the label himself, including the minutiae like graphic design. And, to top all of that, Starkland is a non-profit label and has worked directly with nearly 100 composers.
Source: Classical Music Communications.
During his four decades in the record business, Thomas Steenland has released dozens of albums, presenting world premiere recordings of over 160 works by more than 80 composers. He is the “one man army” behind the Starkland record label, which he founded in 1991. Steenland was also the first to explore presenting new music on leading-edge surround sound DVD-Audio recordings, commissioning 13 composers to create surround sound works for Starkland DVD-A releases.
From The Sydney Morning Herald:
Record companies are routinely depicted as the music business’s evil exploiters, with many a tale of rip-offs, mismanagement, bullying and cocaine. Thankfully there are also many people from multinational and independent labels who are driven to promote the music they love. Oddly, given the breadth of the musical world, two who particularly stand out are both Munich-based. One is ECM Records‘ Manfred Eicher and the other Stefan Winter, who this year celebrates 30 years as a producer, firstly for his JMT (Jazz Music Today) imprint, then since 1997 for Winter & Winter.