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Ryan Truesdell’s “Synthesis: The String Quartet Sessions”

During the pandemic lockdown, the celebrated producer-composer Ryan Truesdell (Gil Evans Project) commissioned fifteen leading composers, many from the jazz world, to produce new music for the venerable string quartet, giving the stellar artists few parameters, unleashing them to make brilliant contemporary music. The results are simultaneously “classical” and modern, familiar and experimental, comforting and...

Katerina McKrimmon

To assay the role of Fanny Brice in the musical Funny Girl, singing iconic songs like “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” takes courage, confidence, and once-in-a-generation talent — because there is only one Barbra Streisand, and she will forever be the Empress Queen. Fortunately for Katerina McKrimmon, a newcomer starring in the touring...

Gabriela Martina’s “States”

For more than a decade the Swiss vocalist and composer Gabriela Martina has made the United States of America her home. Now relocating to her native Europe, Martina has created States, a valedictory recording that’s simultaneously a farewell and a hello, a retrospective of where we’ve been — global pandemic; democracy on the brink of...

Peter Werbe’s “Eat the Rich & Other Interesting Ideas”

For more than forty years one of our favorite writers, Detroit-based Peter Werbe, has been publishing provocative essays about capitalism, technology, religion, politics, and popular culture in the anarchist journal The Fifth Estate, where he’s long been an indispensable member of the editorial collective. Some of his best work is now organized in a compulsively readable...

Raphael Pannier’s “Letter to a Friend”

The “letter” in question was written as a heartfelt Christmas greeting nearly 600 years ago by the early-Renaissance painter Fra Angelico. Inspired by this ancient missive, the French drummer Raphael Pannier has composed a suite of thoroughly modern music exploring the themes of universal brotherhood and divinity. He’s joined on the recording by, among others,...

Landscape with Invisible Hand

Alien invasion! Earth occupied by creatures far smarter than humans! Thousands of years of civilization rendered irrelevant! Cory Finley’s movie adaptation of M.T. Anderson’s novel Landscape with Invisible Hand accomplishes the impressive feat of being simultaneously incisive/critical/instructive and entertaining/funny/touching. While the film is ultimately a scathing indictment of colonialism, capitalism, and artificial intelligence, the action...

Michael Hemmingson’s “Pictures of Houses with Water Damage”

“Pictures of Houses with Water Damage,” a collection of very short stories by the  late poet and novelist Michael Hemmingson, crossed our transom more than a dozen years after its original 2010 publication. Seldom has an author’s distinctive voice spoken so directly to our sense of humor and sense of pathos. Filled with characters experiencing...

Mark Dresser’s “Tines of Change”

Used traditionally, in most Western music the bass keeps time churning out fat quarter-notes based on the root of a chord. Ba-dum-dum-dum-dum. On his addictive new recording Tines of Change, the visionary master bassist and composer explores his instrument’s under-utilized sonic possibilities. The concatenation of squeaks, grumbles, twitters, growls, whistles, knocks, cries, howls, and, yes, nice...

Legacy, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The French filmmaker and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 76, has made his valedictory statement. The ravishing documentary Legacy, now streaming, is a visual and aural love letter to our planet, the creatures that inhabit it, and the ones (us) who are destroying it. Employing languid footage shot from a hot-air balloon, as he did in his...

Off Boulder Highway

The poet Jennifer Battisti was a Las Vegas latchkey kid, with casino employee parents. Off Boulder Highway, her extraordinary memoir, some of it fictionalized, much of it beautifully poetic, all of it alarmingly real, makes the performative Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas seem like a sanitized Disney fantasy. Sloppy sex, meth addiction, blackout drunkenness...