Skillman Music is a relatively new recording studio in Brooklyn that has already come to be very in-demand. They record, they make videos and they broadcast so many concerts around the New York area. You might wonder why a place like New York would need another recording studio – until you go in and see this place in action.
Author: Tarn Travers
Photo by Suzanne Hassler.
Violinist Tarn Travers currently serves on the faculty of DePauw University, and is also a member of Ensemble Dal Niente and concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Recent performances include appearances at the Library of Congress and Konzerthaus Wien, and he has numerous recordings of repertoire both old and new on labels including Deutsche Grammophon and New World Records.
I first heard of Israeli Chamber Project while on the faculty at AlpenKammerMusik in 2014, along with violinist/violist Daniel Bard, a member of the ICP Later, I was looking for recordings on YouTube of a certain piece, found a fantastic performance of ICP with Bard playing, and since then ICP has become one of my go-to groups for online recordings when available.
I’ve seen string trio Black Oak Ensemble perform a few times, and they’re a fantastic group. On the one hand, you can appreciate this album simply for the phenomenal playing. And taken out of its social context, the music is arresting by itself. But “Silenced Voices” is an important album for a number of reasons.
Nathalie Joachim is someone I really admire: She is the flutist for Eighth Blackbird among many other things, and New Amsterdam Records just released the full-length recording of a project she developed for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series called “Fanm d’Ayiti.”