11 Frames from Rattle Records

Rattle Records have just released 11 Frames, a collection of music for violin and piano by New Zealand composers, performed by Andrew Beer and Sarah Watkins. One of the tracks is Water Sketch with Tui. Many thanks to both of them for a beautiful performance, and to the production team of Kenneth Young, Steve Garden, and John Kim for the great-sounding recording.

The album is available via Bandcamp:

Lutalica, by Mark McGregor

I’m very happy to share the release of Lutalica, by Vancouver-based flautist Mark McGregor. This recording is part of a project featuring a series of concerts of music from around the Pacific Rim, followed by studio recordings.

It includes a spectacular performance of Harakeke, and I recommend the whole album. Mark’s put together a great programme; each piece has its own strong identity, and there’s also a really interesting network of points of contact between them. There’s a second set of recordings on the way – look out for it.