24Jul

This edition of Take 5 features an interview with Anthony McGill and Michael McHale of the McGill/McHale Trio. The trio was founded in September 2014 when clarinetist Anthony McGill and his brother, flutist Demarre McGill, were featured artists in a residency at Bowling Green University in Ohio. While there, pianist Michael McHale joined them in concert for the first time, and it was immediately clear that the trio would have a great future making music together. The ensemble makes its recording debut with "Portraits — Works for Flute, Clarinet & Piano," featuring world-premiere recordings of new compositions and arrangements for this captivating combination of instruments. The “title track,” Valerie Coleman’s "Portraits of Langston," is a six-movement suite inspired by Langston Hughes’s poetry. Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) reads a Hughes poem before each movement. "Portraits" is currently available for pre-order; all downloads & CDs ship August 11. Read More >

20Jul

Last week, I had the pleasure of getting to observe and interview clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and composer Jim Stephenson at a recording session at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts. The project they were working on was an interesting one; John is recording all of Jim's major works that feature the clarinet, including his Liquid Melancholy concerto (recorded with the Lake Forest Symphony), several solo pieces for clarinet and piano, and two chamber works with some of John's colleagues from Chicago Pro Musica.  Read More >

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