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Chris McMurtry & the Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Refinersfire Co-founder and DART Music CEO, Chris McMurtry, has been featured on the Nashville Entrepreneur Website. McMurtry has been working closely with EC for the past six months and is now excited to share with you the EC’s new venture “Project Music”. Check out McMurtry’s testimonial regarding his experiences with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. And, […]

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Michael Linton, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Jason Paul Peterson

The Making of “Carmina Catulli” Video

On August 19th, 2014 Michael Linton’s Carmina Catulli will be released on CD and via Digital Stores. This mammoth 17th movement song cycle has taken over 15 years to be fully realized. With magnificent performances by French baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer and American pianist Jason Paul Peterson, the recording of Carmina Catulli took place in December […]

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McMurtry: Petitions

Petitions

A while back a dear friend of mine, who is a baritone in a local choir, excitedly came to me with a request that went something like this: “I have found the most beautiful text. It is from the New Zealand Prayer Book. It would be great if you could set it to music.” Its […]

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Celebrating American Music

This segment of Fun Friday originally appeared on November 22, 2013. Don’t want to wait until Friday for your dose of classical music humor? Check out the archive of  Fun Friday posts. 1. “General William Booth Enters Heaven” by Charles Ives. Refinersfire composer Michael Linton calls this “The greatest piece of music written by an American”, which is […]

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Aireline - Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse

Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse

Click on the image above or here to listen/buy // Also be sure to also check out other RFMusic Releases   The music of Aireline can be described as pleasantly refreshing and unique. The quartet hailing from Murfreesboro, TN fuse their rock roots with their love for classical music resulting in a sound that is […]

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A Subway Sonata

A Subway Sonata

Following on the heels of the Winter Song EP, we went back to Skye McCaskey (who recorded Wintersong EP) to see if he would be willing to lay down some more material. He agreed and we started recording some new songs. We finished four new tracks and were in the process of deciding what to do with them when the band broke up in 2005. Unfortunately, only one song was fully mixed and another one partially mixed before Aireline broke up and the other two were hardly touched. Over the years, the original sessions were lost and could not be mixed. Luckily, Skye had made us some roughs to listen to, so the songs live on if only in a pale reflection of what they were imagined to be. The lone mixed track was “Subway Sonata,” one of our favorite songs we ever wrote, which was inspired by the death of Mason’s grandfather. The partially mixed song was “Sleep on the Bottom,” a song that we got to record using the same pipe organ at Wright Music Hall at MTSU that we used years earlier on a song call “Rest Your Bones” from our first album. The remaining two tracks, “First Time” and “Blue Hands” are just raw, unmixed tracks but we love them still. They are a snapshot of where we were heading before we disbanded, and we are proud to finally share them with you after all these years.

Thanks for listening! — Aireline

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New York Times Counterpoint

No, that isn’t a reference to the Steve Reich piece for solo clarinet and tape; though I hear that Bill Kalinkos gave a stellar performance Saturday with Alarm Will Sound.  I was actually referring to the great piece on counterpoint that Anthony Tommasini, Chief Music Critic for The New York Times, did for the Times’ multimedia […]

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