Hilda Paredes’ work for solo cello Zuhuy Kak, performed by the legendary Rohan de Saram has been released on 15th November 2019 on the CD 20th Century British Works for Solo Celloon First Hand Records (FHR045). The CD has received an excellent review by BBC Music Magazine (November 2019). Helen Wallace writes: 'Saram, former cellist of the Arditti Quartet and a tireless adventurer in new music, marks his 80th birthday with a very personal collection, almost a musical ‘This is Your Life’. Each of the works was written for him by composer friends and colleagues over his six-decade-long career.
UYMP is very excited to announce that Ed Hughes’ work for choral a cappella vocal ensemble SSC-tTBarB, Sun, New Moon and Women Shouting will be performed by I Fagiolini at Kings Palace in London (25th April, 2020).
Tickets for the concert ‘Au Naturel: Nature Unwrapped’, featuring Hughes’ work, can be purchased here and I Fagiolini have also very graciously given permission for their recording of Sun, New Moon and Women Shouting to be featured on Hughes’ website.
Luís Tinoco’s new CD on Odradek has received two great reviews, in Memetaria in the USA by Thomas May and in Pizzicato by Remy Franck. Archipelago is reviewed as a recommended new release by May. He starts by saying: 'Have you heard the wonderful music of Luís Tinoco? I invite you to try out the latest album of his work, Archipelago, recently released on the Odradek label. I first encountered this excellent Portuguese composer and acclaimed radio host — who grew up in the post-revolution generation — in the early Morlot days with Seattle Symphony, when they played FrisLand, a kind of orchestral ode to Bill Frisell. (FrisLand is available, along with such works as Tinoco’s Cello Concerto, on his previous Odradek album, The Blue Voice of the Water).'
Luis Tinoco’s vibrant new CD Archipelago, released in November on Odradek, featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review with Andrew McGregor as part of its ‘New Year, New Music’ season last Saturday, 4th January, with compliments to everyone involved in the creation of the music and album. McGregor gives the CD a top rating: ‘It’s one of the best-recorded percussion ensembles I’ve heard in ages’. McGregor conveys the skill of the composer, the virtuousity of the performers and the expertise of the sound engineers when he says that Tinoco’s music is ‘showcased' in this new album by contemporary percussion ensemble Drumming GP’ and goes on to say: ‘Tinoco's music for them is interesting enough in its own right; you get Mind the Gap for solo marimba, his memories of travelling in London, as well as Genetically Modified Fados, reactions to old recordings of Portuguese (Fado) songs. But the recording itself is demonstration class; so vivid, airy and resonant. The album's called Archipelago; it's new from the Odradek label.’
Fanfare Magazine (USA) has given a glowing review of Thomas Simaku’s new CD on Naxos – Solos and Duos for violin and piano (Naxos 8.579035) in its Issue 43:3 (January/February 2020). The reviewer, James H. North, begins by saying that it really is difficult to compare Thomas Simaku’s music to anything one has heard: ‘His music is so original that past experience fails. How can one describe his music? Simaku seems to create his own structure as he goes—the music reeks of impetuosity, as if he were dashing off the notes sequentially.’ North cites Scheuregger (Tempo 73 (290) pp. 40–50), Simaku’s former student, and Simaku himself, on Simaku’s upbringing under the repressive Stalinist regime in Albania, on international Modernist and Southern Albanian influences and on Simaku’s love of Hungarian composers Ligeti and Kurtág.
UYMP is delighted that Hilda Paredes has been invited to be a Senior Composer at June in Buffalo 2020, thus one or more of her pieces will be performed at the festival. Other Senior Composers are David Felder, Robert H.P. Platz, Roger Reynolds and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. In addition, the Arditti Quartet, with whom Paredes has a long association, will be one of the resident ensembles (together with Ensemble Signal, Ensemble Son, Slee Sinfonietta and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra), and Irvine Arditti will be a special guest, alongside Brad Lubman and Nicholas Isherwood.
Luis Tinoco's wonderful new CD on Odradek Records with the Drumming Grupo de Percussão was introduced on Luxembourg radio's 'CD-Klassik' yesterday and today, 12th and 13th December 2019. CD-Klassik suggests new CDs for your collection. The radio station calls this CD a 'hommage to percussion' and says that it takes us into new sound worlds. To listen: Een Hommage un d'Perkussioun .