Transcending Avant-Garde Boundaries

On the rediscovered gem Bílé Inferno, Czech artists Iva Bittová and Vladimír Václavek transcend the avant-garde with music emanating from physical and emotional ecosystems.
by David McGee
 

 
 

When Tonality Means a Journey

Bernard Hughes music is both satisfying and challenging to sing, as well as being rewarding for both singer and audience. PRECIOUS THINGS, by the EPIPHONI CONSORT, is a case in point.
by David McGee
 

 

 

To Dream Like an Angel

Under the direction of BERNARD LABADIE, LA CHAPELLE DE QUEBEC's THE ROAD TO CHRISTMAS will light your way, all through the days--nay, years--ahead.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Emotional Lives of Wolves

From High Country News, a review of 'Wolf whisperer' RICK MCINTYRE's third in a series of novels centered on the emotional lives of the Yellowstone alpha wolves,
by David McGee
 

 

 

Jennie Ross Cobb: Indian Territory Trailblazer

Remembering JENNIE ROSS COBB, the first-known Native American female photographer, who put her subjects at ease for uniquely candid images from early 1900s Indian Territory.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Where Grief and Anger Share Space

This new disc from Toccata Classics features chamber music by the young composer Noah Max and exudes, as one critic notes, 'a sense of loss pervading almost everything here.' Yet, it's not a downer.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

With more than one million views at present, this video of CARL SAGAN's eloquent, poetic meditation on 'the only home we've ever known' is even more timely and important than it was when published in 1994. To say it speaks for ...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Monoswezi: Experimentation is The Order of The Day

Shanu quite simply means “Five” in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, home to MONOSWEZI's lead vocalist and mbira player HOPE MASIKE. This, their fifth album, is the most adventurous to date from the lineup representing four n...
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Hard Road to Compassion and Inclusion in an Alien World

JULES spotlights two important new books for young readers: SANCTUARY: KIP TIERNAN AND ROSIE'S PLACE, THE NATION'S FIRST SHELTER FOR WOMEN and Young Vo's GIBBERISH, in which a young boy navigates a new language in a new land.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Evoking Afternoons in 17th Century Hereford

Composer Matthew Locke was born 400 years ago this year, and to mark this occasion the British viol consort FRETWORK are marking the happy occasion with an album featuring seven of Locke's suites that have hitherto barely made ...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Helping Animals That Can’t Help Themselves

JULIE CASTLE, accidental employee turned CEO of Best Friends Animal Society, is spearheading a national movement to to persuade animal shelters to become no-kill by 2025. DUNCAN STRAUSS has the inside story.
by David McGee
 

 
 

To Dream Like an Angel

The year of our Lord 2021 has been awaiting its masterpiece of a Christmas album, and finally it has arrived in the form of La Chapelle de Quebec’s stunning The Road to Christmas.
by David McGee