Nico Cartosio: Snow Above The Earth

For anyone sweltering in summer sun, “Snow Above The Earth” offers a refreshing neo-classical reminder of one of nature’s other powers. The composition, by Nico Cartosio, honors young musicians thus far unable to fulfill their potential in the world of music, as does the almost eight-minute narrative music video. Altogether it’s the first reveal of Cartosio’s upcoming album, presently being recorded at Abbey Road. As …

Premiere: “Shikoku” by Kate Simko + London Electronic Orchestra

Fusing violins, harp and more with analog synths and drum machines

Producers love a good, lush swell of strings—but in electronic and even pop music, they’re for the most part software simulations. Chicago-raised, now London-based composer Kate Simko has a miniature orchestra available at hand (two violinists, a harpist, a bassist and two cellists) to fuse with analog synths and drum machines, like the classic Roland Jupiter-8 and TR-909. Together, the all-female collective performs this hybrid …

Exploring The Orchestra Now For Free

An organization breathing life into classical music and providing an entry point for new audiences

Have you ever heard Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 performed by a full live orchestra? This piece, which has long-been one of the most recognizable compositions in the world, was intended to be consumed in this fashion: with the full array of instruments distributing their sound throughout a concert hall. In person, it is a profound experience—and one recently offered by The Orchestra Now (TŌN) at …