17Aug

Last week, we concluded our recording session with the Civitas Ensemble, a Chicago-based chamber group comprised of Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians Yuan-Qing Yu (violin), Kenneth Olsen (cello), J. Lawrie Bloom (clarinet), and Winston Choi (piano). This is the ensemble's recording debut, and the concept for the album is an exciting one: an exploration of Roma (aka Gypsy) music’s influence on classical repertoire. For this, Civitas joins forces with Prague’s Gipsy Way Ensemble, comprising internationally renowned violinist Pavel Šporcl and three Gypsy jazz musicians. The program is genre-defying and really highlights the richness of Romani musical heritage.  Read More »


We're excited to release the McGill/McHale Trio's debut album on August 11! Flutist Demarre McGill, his brother and clarinetist Anthony McGill, and pianist Michael McHale come together to bring you Portraits — Works for Flute, Clarinet & Piano. The album features several world premiere recordings, including Valerie Coleman's "Portraits of Langston" with narrations by Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali. Our playlist this month was co-curated with Anthony and highlights a few of his favorite recordings of himself and his trio mates, along with some of our most popular tracks featuring the flute and clarinet. Stay tuned on release day for new tracks from Portraits, and follow us on Spotify to keep up with all of our exciting new playlists. Happy listening!  Read More »


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