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Currently in production are the following new releases . . .
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|John Luther Adams
The Wind in High Places
Beautiful, vaporous string music, featuring the highly regarded and well known JACK Quartet performing the three-movement title piece and Dream of the Canyon Wren (Adams's first two works written solely for string quartet) and the Northwestern Cello Ensemble, directed by Hans Jensen, performing the four-movement cello choir work Canticles of the Sky.
Cold Blue has released four previous CDs devoted to 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams's music, and individual works of his have appeared on two of the label's anthology releases.
"The Wind in High Places, a tripartite piece for string quartet that uses only natural harmonics and open strings played extremely quietly to create a still, pastoral ambience.... Could any new music be more delicately sparse, more wonderfully poetic? I think not." John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
"Adams's major works have the appearance of being beyond style; they transcend the squabbles of contemporary classical music." Alex Ross, The New Yorker
"The music of John Luther Adams is simply beautiful. It has a crystalline quality and a peaceful character that evoke the Arctic life. . . . Adams music sounds like it has nothing to accomplish. It simply exists, hanging in mid-air, waiting to be listened to." All-Music Guide
"John Luther Adams is a great underappreciated composer who has written music of enormous beauty and sophistication while staying true to his roots as an outsider." Sequenza21
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In the Sea of Ionia
Wild new solo piano and multi-piano music performed by Grammy-nominated new-music pianist Aron Kallay.
"When it comes to attempts at musical seduction, Daniel Lentz's music is way out in front." Kyle Gann, The Village Voice
After the Wars
A beautiful four-movement piano solo performed by noted pianist and new music champion Sarah Cahill, who commissioned the work.
In the Village of Hope
A restless (and in some ways relentless) virtuosic harp solo performed by noted harpist Tasha Smith Godínez, who commissioned the work. This piece is unlike anything else in the solo harp repertoire, though not unlike some of Byron's other recent work, such as his Book of Horizons for pianist Joseph Kubera.
Twilight of the Dreamboats
A new electro-acoustic composition by Smith.
"The core of [Cold Blues] production resides in Chas Smiths works.
this composer, guitarist and authentic desert enthusiast has developed his own soundworld using unique instruments he designs and builds himself. The heir of Harry Partch and several other instrument inventors, he has given birth to highly beautiful and formal microtonal music. It is rich in complex harmonics and often structured around alternating rising and falling movements. " Gérard Nicollet, Octopus (France)
"When it comes to attempts at musical seduction, Lentz's music is way out front." Kyle Gann, Village Voice
"By intriguing his listeners at the same time he wreathes them in smiles, Lentz always comes up with something listenable and worthwhile. Thats certainly true of this new release." Arved Ashby, Gramophone
"Daniel Lentzs work, with its sparkle and pulse, has long evinced hallmarks of the minimalist style. But Lentz has often brought a glossy, Pop Art-Southern California palette of colors to his work." Dusted
blue photographs selected piano music
Blue photographs collects a few dozen of the many aphoristic piano pieces Fox has written during the past 25 years.
"One of the striking qualities of Jim Fox's compositions is that you can still hear them inside you long after the music is over." Wadada Leo Smith