Jacaranda is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely-heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery.

2015-2016 season

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Harry Partch
Plectra & Percussion Dances

Bridge Records,...

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Harry Partch
Plectra & Percussion Dances

Bridge Records,  Inc.




If Harry Partch composed nothing but Castor & Pollux, he would rank high among American maverick composers, and finally we have a crisply detailed and authoritative recording of his sexy, infectious, must-hear masterpiece. This 2015 Grammy-winner goes further by giving us the entire 56-minute three-part work – complete for the first time. The Partch ensemble, directed by a brilliant latter-day disciple John Schneider, has lovingly reproduced Partch’s unique instruments and is dedicated to recording the complete works on Bridge. A nice bonus is a vintage recording of Partch introducing the 1953 premiere. Thankfully, an upsurge in attention to Partch is underway.

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Ted Hearne & Andrew Norman
Law of Mosaics

A Far Cry

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Ted Hearne & Andrew Norman
Law of Mosaics

A Far Cry
Crier Records



Chicago native Ted Hearne moved to LA around the time Andrew Norman returned to his native LA from a stint in Brooklyn. From composers born at the end of the Gen X, these extremely strong works help define the new sound of American music today. For some, The Law of Mosaics might recall the “needle drop” aesthetic of John Zorn, or the collage in Berio’s Sinfonia. It’s wayward surprises and rearview glances are endlessly fascinating. Guide takes us to Roman churches with nine trios bursting with passion. Exceptional rigor and string nuance make these sometimes-unnerving experiences exciting and hypnotic. Fantastic playing.

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Olivier Messiaen
Vocal Music: L'amour et la foi 

Danish Nat. Vocal ...

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Olivier Messiaen
Vocal Music: L'amour et la foi 

Danish Nat. Vocal Ens. & Choir
Danish Nat. Chamber Orch.
Marcus Creed
Our Recordings (SACD)

Yes, I am totally over the moon for this Super Audio CD! The performances and recording are as good as it gets, and this CD supplants every previous recording of this stunning music. The Three Little Liturgies remain flamboyantly surreal, scary, sexy and outrageously profound with sacred/profane female voices, strings, percussion, piano, celesta and ondes Martenot. The latter has never before been captured in its lowest frequencies on any recording. I have decades of experience with this music and own every available recording. Trust me, if you are at all interested in Messiaen, mid-century modern, or 20tth century choral music, then this disc is a must!

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John Luther Adams
become ocean

Seattle Symphony

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John Luther Adams
become ocean

Seattle Symphony
Ludovic Morlot
Cantaloupe


The huge popularity of this CD/DVD combo reminds us that the breakout classical music phenomenon is still possible. With a Pulitzer for become ocean, a 35-year Alaskan pedigree, and his refreshing new age sensibility rooted in natural phenomena, JLA has assumed the mantle of minimalist-in-chief. The premise of a world immersed in rising water from melting icecaps is powerfully evoked with no small debt to Debussy’s La Mer. The epic orchestra teams with fluid patterns, glittering, dark and sensual. In 2013 Alex Ross of The New Yorker called it "the loveliest apocalypse in musical history." This is the first outing for SS and Morlot. Major kudos to all involved.

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