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Pi Recordings: A Home For Musicians Pushing Jazz Forward

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Pi Recordings’s Seth Rosner and Yulun Wang will never forget the day they called Henry Threadgill to tell him he had won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music; he was only the third jazz artist to do so.

“We were so excited, we were tripping over each other trying to tell him about it,” laughs Wang. “And Henry was getting madder and madder, because he had no idea what we were talking about!”

Once all became clear, the mood was jubilant. “He’s really trying to invent his own musical language,” says Rosner of the master composer, saxophonist, and flutist. “For the Pulitzer people to finally recognize him for tackling this challenge—it’s definitely one of the prouder moments of my life.”

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The Best Contemporary Classical Albums of 2018

2018-best-of-classical-1244The taxonomy of contemporary classical music—new music, contemporary music, whatever you want to call it—is a thorny issue. That ambiguity makes rating the year’s best offerings difficult, if not impossible, but embracing the big picture of musical diversity these 10 albums, listed alphabetically, have delivered all year long—they provided excitement, asked questions, and delivered disparate sorts of beauty. These are the best contemporary classical albums of 2018. 

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Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical: October 2018

Contemporary ClassicalThe taxonomy of contemporary classical music—new music, contemporary music, whatever you want to call it—is a thorny issue. But every two months, we’ll take a look at some of the best composer-driven music to surface here on Bandcamp, that which makes room for electronic experimentation, improvisation, and powerful takes on old classics.

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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: August 2017

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Illustration by Clay Hickson

The full spectrum of modern jazz is on display in this month’s collection of recommendations, from songs that move efficiently from point A to point B, to those that explore the limitless pathways in between. There are some strange, forward-thinking albums on this list, each of them unique in their own way. Even the straight-ahead sessions have a few intriguing deviations from the expected, keeping the ear guessing at music that is otherwise intimately familiar. Here is some very good music.

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