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Back in town

Taking a long holiday trip interrupts notebook posts, it would seem. And if we include the interruption of my travels to Chicago for the Midwest Clinic, and the ubiquitous family visits, it’s turned into an almost month-long hiatus. So unsurprisingly, some notebook items have fallen through the cracks:

• I finally uploaded a smokin’ new Avenue X live recording, courtesy of Robert Ambrose and the Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. I’ve dropped hints before about this recording, and it’s well worth the wait—it peels paint.

• And leftover from last month’s year-end roundups, in mid-December The New York Times named Acoustica one of the “most notable CD’s” of 2005. Critic Allan Kozinn wrote:

After a handful of superb but relatively conventional new-music discs, the enterprising ensemble Alarm Will Sound hit on an unlikely project: transcribing the idiosyncratic pop electronica of Richard D. James (better known as Aphex Twin) for orchestral instruments. Daft as the idea may seem, these reconfigurations work, often brilliantly. It’s almost enough to rehabilitate the concept of crossover.

Daft indeed … that’s what I thought at first. I’m still shaking my head at how brilliantly AWS pulled it off. But it’s excellent to see in print the acknowledgment of how well the whole thing flies.

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