Aug
25
2017

Sirens Big Band

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Io Myers Studio, August 5 7/10 In previewing this concert I noted that no one could accuse composer Ellen Kirkwood of lacking ambition. This was because the thematic underpinnings of [A]part, her new long-form work for jazz orchestra, were her responses to such major issues as climate change and the global refugee crisis. In fact […]

Aug
24
2017

Ephemera album

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ORBITS AND RIFFS (http://www.ephemeraensemble.com/) 8/10 In an age when so much art is introspective Keyna Wilkins dares to look outwards, and not just to other people or Mother Nature, but to the wider cosmos. There’s nothing like doing that to put our squabbles and Trumpian absurdities into perspective. I presume a personal interest in astronomy […]

Aug
19
2017

Ellen Kirkwood – Playing a Part in Rectifying an Imbalance

You can’t accuse Ellen Kirkwood of lacking ambition. She describes her new large-scale composition [A]part, to be premiered on Saturday, as being about “all the major issues in the world at the moment”. These include climate change and the refugee crisis, with the cryptic title reflecting our feeling of being simultaneously connected to and divorced […]

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