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New Amsterdam Records Unveils New Releases, Live Premiere and Free MP3s

New Amsterdam Records Unveils New Releases, Live Premiere and Free MP3s

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Established in 2007 by composers William Brittelle, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Judd Greenstein, New Amsterdam Records is a NYC-based independent label intent on celebrating artists who fall in between traditional genres -- be it rock, pop, classical or jazz -- to create what is being hailed as a new "indie-classical" music scene. New Amsterdam has quickly carved a unique place next to esteemed post-classical havens such as Cantaloupe Records and The Wordless Music Series, receiving praise from The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR and leading Newsweek to exclaim "New Amsterdam has released one quality disc after another since its founding...Striking a balance between the old and the new has rarely sounded this good."

New Amsterdam will take its boundless approach further in the coming year with releases by co-founders William Brittelle (Television Landscape, June 2010) and Sarah Kirkland Snider (Penelope, September 2010), respectively, with a live premiere of expanded new versions of both works in Brooklyn on April 3rd, 2010.


Live World Premieres
Expanded new versions featuring Shara Worden, Signal, and special guests
Date: Saturday, April 3rd 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY

William Brittelle's Television Landscape (June 2010) is an apocalyptic-yet-hopeful mixed-genre concept album from composer/performer William Brittelle. A clas
lly trained composer who was once frontman to NYC punk rock band The Blondes, Brittelle's sophomore album showcases Brittelle's uniquely extensive experience with classical, jazz, and rock music, with influences for Television Landscape varying from Prince's Purple Rain, Michael Jackson's Thriller to the complete orchestral works of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Called “a riotous shotgun wedding of rich orchestrations and complex arrangements…irresistible” by The New York Times, the music on the album is fully notated in every regard, featuring ornate string arrangements, epic guitar solos and jazz horn sections all performed by critically-acclaimed musicians/members of The Long Count, So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, NOW Ensemble, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dirty Projectors collaborator Matt Marks and more.

The album's lyrics focus on themes of environmental destruction, de-personalization and ensuing catharsis, exemplified in opening track "Dunes of Vermillion" available for FREE DOWNLOAD HERE. Learn more about William Brittelle here.

Sarah Kirkland Snider's debut album Penelope (September 2010) is a haunting 60-minute song cycle for female voice, chamber orchestra, and electronics composed by
Sarah Kirkland Snider, featuring vocalist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and highly acclaimed chamber orchestra Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman, and sound design by Michael Hammond. A deft blend of Snider's classical training and strong interest in indie rock, pop and folk music, Penelope is a genre-defying work that moves organically from moments of wistful string and harp reflection to dusky post-rock textures with distorted drums and guitars, always buoyed by a strong sense of melody. Derived from a multimedia-theater piece co-created by Snider and acclaimed playwright Ellen McLaughlin, the work centers on a woman whose long-missing former husband turns up at her door, traumatized by two decades spent in an unnamed war. To restore his memory, the woman reads aloud from Homer’s “Odyssey.” The New York Times praised the work for having “an elegiac quality that deftly evoked sensations of abandonment, agitation, grief and reconciliation…ably [demonstrating] the poised elegance of Ms. Snider’s writing.”

Shara Worden's arrestingly powerful voice is the ideal vehicle for the nuanced and evolving emotions of the cycle’s protagonist, as seen in track "This Is What You're Like" available for FREE DOWNLOAD HERE. Learn more about Sarah Kirkland Snider here.

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