In the liner notes to his 2012 trio album Accelerando, the pianist and composer Vijay Iyer wrote: "[T]his album is in the lineage of American creative music based on dance rhythms." Dancing in rhythm and exemplifying creativity, here are 10 records which belong to that great lineage.
Ten albums released this year that you absolutely, positively won't want to miss — from marquee artists like Cecilia Bartoli and Michael Tilson Thomas to fresh discoveries, including American composer Michael Harrison, Denmark's Vagn Holmboe and a forgotten Baroque man of mystery.
Few things tied together the wide umbrella of experimental music in 2012, but a spark unlocked a fractured groove that sent the noise kids dancing (or at least head-bobbing) and we went heavy on deconstructing the tape loop.
The host of All Songs Considered shares the 10 albums and 30 songs he most loved this year. His picks point to a new and exciting direction for music — more complex songwriting with remarkable sonic shifts and songs within songs.