Take 5: Matthew Lipman

by Maddie Richter

Exemplary violist Matthew Lipman discusses new projects, influential figures, and his musical ties to Chicago. His debut album, Ascent, features an array of uplifting viola fantasies and world premieres. Ascent will be released February 8, 2019!  Read More »

Mary Mazurek and Cedille's engineer Bill Maylone received a Grammy Nomination in Best Engineered Album, Classical for their outstanding work on Liquid Melancholy — Clarinet Music of James M Stephenson. In a Cedille exclusive interview, Mary Mazurek discusses the unique aesthetic of the album, working with Bill, and the excitement of being a nominee.  Read More »

Multi-Grammy-nominated sound engineer Bill Maylone has worked with Cedille Records since our first album in 1989. In a Cedille-exclusive interview, Bill explains what a sound engineer does and how the industry has changed over the years.      

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Take 5: Jennifer Koh

by Dan Hickey

Superstar violinist Jennifer Koh talks new commissions, dream projects, and her musical roots in Chicago. Her next Cedille album, Saariaho X Koh, is available November 9!  Read More »

We're continuing our Q & A with virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine! Her newest Cedille album, Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers, is available October 19.  Read More »

This edition of Take 5 features acclaimed sopranos and longtime friends Nicole Cabell and Alyson Cambridge! These opera stars will make their Cedille Records debut with Sisters in Song, an album of opera duets and new arrangements of classical songs and spirituals that they describe as a “dream project” that’s “uniquely us.” This is their first recording together and we couldn't be happier to welcome them to the label! Sisters in Song is available September 21.  Read More »


Take 5: Thomas Hampson

by Dan Hickey

This edition of Take 5 features renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson! Songs from Chicago, his debut album on Cedille, is a program of songs by five composers of the early 20th century associated with the city of Chicago: Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton. All of them, Hampson says, “have distinguished themselves in history as great voices of the artistic American narrative.” The poetry used in these songs is equally distinguished and includes poem by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet who became the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Songs from Chicago is available September 14, 2018.   Read More »


Take 5: Civitas Ensemble

by Dan Hickey

This edition of Take 5 features Yuan-Qing Yu and Lawrie Bloom from Civitas Ensemble! Their upcoming album Alla Zingarese  with Gipsy Way Ensemble is a groundbreaking collaboration at the crossroads of Western classical and Romani musical traditions. The album marks the Civitas Ensemble’s recording debut and the Cedille label debut for Gipsy Way. Years in the planning, the project is the outgrowth of the enduring friendship between Gipsy Way violinist Pavel Šporcl and Civitas violinist Yuan-Qing Yu dating back to their student days. You can pre-order your copy today — all CDs and downloads ship August 17!  Read More »


Q&A with Derrick Wang

by Dan Hickey

Derrick Wang — composer, librettist and lyricist, speaker, and attorney — is among America's most talented and multi-faceted artists. He is the creator of Scalia/Ginsburg, a one-act comic opera based on the infamous and unlikely friendship between two ideologically opposed U.S. Supreme Court justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Described as "funny, exceedingly clever" (Above the Law) and "brilliant . . . gorgeous" (DC Theatre Scene), Scalia/Ginsburg has taken the country by storm. With a new production set to take the stage at OperaDelaware in 2019, we asked Derrick to tell us more about the creation and success of the opera as well as his background as both a musician and an attorney.

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Tom Bachtell's distinctive drawings and caricatures appear each week in "The Talk of the Town" and other sections of The New Yorker where he has been a regular contributor for some 20 years. Tom’s work is seen in many other national and international publications, from Entertainment Weekly to Newsweek, Forbes to Bon Appetit, Town and Country to Mother Jones, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Trained as a pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Tom is self-taught as an artist. Working primarily in brush and ink, Tom's drawing style pays homage to many of the classic American illustrators and cartoonists of the 1920s and 1930s. He frequently portrays musicians, doing regular work with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards (Kalamazoo, Michigan), the Risør International Chamber Music Festival in Norway, and Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley.  Read More »

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