Getting into the Christmas Spirit with The Snow Lay on the Ground

Everyone has their favorite Christmas album. Whether it’s Bing Crosby, Mariah Carey, The Nutcracker Suite, or Messiah, decorating a tree, sitting by a fire, baking cookies and other traditions just don’t feel the same without the right music in the background. This year we have enjoyed listening to the 2016 Arsis release, The Snow Lay… Read More Getting into the Christmas Spirit with The Snow Lay on the Ground

The Quiet Center – Upcoming Performances by Composer Thomas Keesecker

  Thomas Keesecker will be presenting his piano collection, The Quiet Center, as an Advent reflection of music, song, and poetry at several churches this Advent Season.   Sunday, November 26, 6 pm, Abiding Presence Lutheran, Ewing Township, NJ Monday, November 27, 8 pm, St Paul’s Lutheran, Glenside, PA Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 pm, Sacred… Read More The Quiet Center – Upcoming Performances by Composer Thomas Keesecker

Featured Recording: Love’s Signature: Songs for Contertenor and Piano by Juliana Hall

    From Gramophone:“[Juliana Hall’s] sensitivity to words is on impressive display on Love’s Signature… these songs show Hall to be a composer who savours lyrical lines and harmonies peppered with gentle spices…” Juliana Hall’s latest recording hosts 24 songs in 3 parts, performed by countertenor Darryl Taylor, soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Donald Berman, with… Read More Featured Recording: Love’s Signature: Songs for Contertenor and Piano by Juliana Hall

The Quiet Center: Keesecker’s introspective piano music “resonates” 

The Quiet Center, Tom Keesecker’s new collection of piano music for Advent and Christmas, is refreshing in its introspection and is already resonating with players and listeners alike. From the composer: “I began composing The Quiet Center in November 2016. I finished the collection on January 20, 2017 and recorded it in February. It was my… Read More The Quiet Center: Keesecker’s introspective piano music “resonates” 

Gramophone Magazine reviews new albums from Su Lian Tan & Michael John Trotta

Since 1923, Gramophone Magazine continues to devote itself to reviewing classical music, particularly recordings.  The August 2017 issue featured two albums in the ECS Publishing Group catalog: Seven Last Words by Michael John Trotta and Revelations by Su Lian Tan. Seven Last Words, review excerpt By Guy Rickards “Trotta’s musical style is fairly straightforward….not unlike that of… Read More Gramophone Magazine reviews new albums from Su Lian Tan & Michael John Trotta

Behind-the-Scenes of Revelations: A conversation with Su Lian Tan

Su Lian Tan is a much-sought after flutist and composer whose music has been described as “the stunner of the evening,” (Washington Post) and “…refined, cultured compositions… Rewarding for everyone…A must-own for flutists and flute enthusiasts” (Fanfare Magazine). Tan is also a Professor of Music at Middlebury College in Vermont. Arsis recently featured three of her… Read More Behind-the-Scenes of Revelations: A conversation with Su Lian Tan

Fanfare Magazine reviews Revelations, music of Su Lian Tan

All reviews were reprinted by permission of Fanfare Magazine.  Let’s be clear from the off: Wants List material. Malaysian-born in 1966, Su Lian Tan has a uniquely expressive voice. My colleague Barnaby Rayfield, interviewing Tan in Fanfare 34:4, waxed lyrical about Tan’s achievements (FTCL, or Fellow of Trinity College, London, by age 17; postgraduate degrees… Read More Fanfare Magazine reviews Revelations, music of Su Lian Tan