Mixtape #96

We're thrilled to have composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Kaada curating this month's mixtape. He conquered our ears a long time ago with his numerous and diverse projects spanning a wide range of genres, from classical to avant-garde, to rock and electronic. Member of the band Cloroform, he also frequently collaborates with Mike Patton and composes film scores as well as producing his own solo works, the latest of which, just out last week, is the utterly sublime album Closing Statements. Here's a few words from Kaada to accompany his magnificent sonic selection from traditional and modern classical composers.

"This playlist represents the music that I have been listening to the last month, and tracks that I have drawn inspiration from as i am working on my current projects. These are all really great tracks, to my ears."

  1. Donnacha Dennehy: Nadia Sirota, Liam Byrne – Part 2 [Bedroom Community]
  2. Ben Lukas Boysen – You’ll Miss Us One Day [Ad Noiseam / Erased Tapes]
  3. Roomful of Teeth (Caroline Shaw) – Partita for 8 singers – Part 2 Sarabande [New Amsterdam Records]
  4. Lutosławski (Alexander Liebreich & Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) – Musique funèbre à la mémoire de Béla Bartók: Prolog Prologue [Accentus Music]
  5. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt [Domino]
  6. John Tavener (The Choir Of The Temple Church) – The Lamb [Decca]
  7. Castiglioni (Teresia Bokor)- Salmo XIX [Chandos]
  8. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – An Intention [Western Vinyl]
  9. Osvaldo Golijov – Vision: Bautismo en la Cruz [Deutsche Grammophon]
  10. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King Part One [Erased Tapes / Kranky]
  11. Richard Reed Parry – Duet For Heart And Breath [Deutsche Grammophon]
  12. Játékok (Gábor Csalog) – VIII: Flowers We Are – For Miyako (For Four Hands) [BMC]
  13. Arvo Pärt (Estonian National Symphony Orchestra) – Summa [Virgin]

Mixtape #76

You might have noticed our ever growing soft spot for the multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff. A wonderfully talented and prolific musician, composer, arranger and producer, his numerous projects to date spans from prog rock to pop and classical music. Jherek's recently released album Cistern follows his debut, Composed, which swiftly made its way to our Album Picks of 2012. Rooted in ambient and modern classical music, Cistern is a profoundly beautiful and meditative orchestral album that will firmly tug at your heartstrings. So we're over the moon to unfold the mixtape he has lovingly assembled for CTD reflecting some of his extraordinary influences.


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Mixtape #63

June couldn’t have started any better way: on the first of the month came the worldwide release of the entrancing album Dysnomia, where Dawn of Midi effortlessly bridge the chasm between electronic and acoustic. The tremendously talented trio, made up of pianist Amino Belyamani, double bassist Aakaash Israni and drummer Qasim Naqvi, with roots in Morocco, Pakistan and India respectively, also found the time to compile a mixtape for CTD. With their compositions being so heavily informed on wordly sounds, their mix delves deep into their influences and inspirations, racing through a multitude of genres and cultures. Enjoy!


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