Just wanted to post a bit about some of my favorite new music that's out and about these days. These aren't necessarily all brand new music (i.e. written this year), but at the very least, it's new to me. The first couple of pieces are found on I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's new (and free to download) mixtape (which, by the way, they do every few months). My favorites on the album are:
Patric Castillo - The Quality of Mercy VII - as the gentle rain (II)
Fast, insistent, writing- clever harmonies and unexpected rhythmic changes.
Jim Perkins - Kyrie
Vocal tracks layered with electronic sounds, piano, etc. and sustained, present harmony. Seems to draw on medieval vocal styles.
Edgar Meyer - Concert Duo for violin and double bass (played by Lauren Pierce and Caleb Polashek)
Fantastic duet, with Meyer's wandering American pastoral style- a little Copland-esque (definitely not a bad thing)
Next on the list is Zach Koors' new work Partita (for 2 flutes, guitar, & cello), which premiered in Columbus a few months ago. His program notes describe it better than I can- it's a terrific piece.
I've also had Bryce Dessner's Tour Eiffel on repeat for several days now.