ism   (TUNDRA/New Focus Recordings)

"Muncy gets to exercise his technical prowess on "ism,"  a New Focus release containing cutting-edge contemporary saxophone works. The most important of these, James Tenney's 1978 "Saxony,"  for sax and cumulative tape-delay, gathers density and complexity as its 27 minutes evolve into a gnarly super-aviary of hopped-up sax sounds."
-John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune

Released in September 2016, Muncy's newest solo album features new works by Erin Gee (featuring percussionist Ross Karre), Morgan Krauss, Evan Johnson, and David Reminick, as well as a tribute to composer Lee Hyla and a resurrection of one of the instrument's forgotten masterpieces — James Tenney's Saxony

Ism is available at New Focus Recordings on a special edition SD card designed by Simon Arizpe, as well as digitally and on iTunes. Compact discs are available through Naxos Direct's print-on-demand.


AESOPICA: MUSIC OF MARCOS BALTER  (TUNDRA/NEW FOCUS RECORDINGS)

ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) releases a recording documenting its close and longstanding relationship with Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter on its own in-house recording label, TUNDRA. This album features Muncy's first studio recording of Wicker Park — the first-ever collaboration between he and Balter — as well as Codex Seraphinianus for flute, soprano saxophone, bassoon, and viola, with Claire Chase, Rebekah Heller, and Nadia Sirota

Aesopica is available at New Focus Recordings and on iTunes. 

"The album "Aesopica" has as its centerpiece the eponymous suite for tenor and ensemble based on Aesop's fables; weird vocal acrobatics give these atonal miniatures their fierce theatrical kick. Both solo pieces — "Wicker Park," for saxophone, and "Descent from Parnassus," for flute — showcase the amazing virtuosity of Ryan Muncy and Claire Chase, respectively."
-The Chicago Tribune


Chaya CzernoWin: Wintersongs  (Kairos Records)

Released in 2017 by Kairos Records, Wintersongs is a portrait album of composer Chaya Czernowin, one of ICE's closest collaborators. Wintersongs II, IV, and V span a decade of Czernowin's musical output, paired here with Five Action Sketches, premiered by ICE at the Miller Theater at Columbia University in 2014. 

Wintersongs is available in multiple formats at Amazon, as well as here by Kairos records.


dystemporal: music of Anthony Cheung   (Wergo Records)

Released in June 2016, Dystemporal is the first portrait album of composer Anthony Cheung, with performances by Talea Ensemble directed by Jim Baker and Ensemble Intercontemporain directed by Susanna Mälkki. Available for download on Amazon, iTunes etc. and in physical copy here.


Seven Responses   (The Crossing) 

Seven foremost composers have written responses to the seven cantatas of Dieterich Buxtehude's iconic oratorio Membra Jesu nostri (1680). The result is a collection of diverse contemplations on how we consider the suffering of others, from Hans Thomalla, Caroline Shaw, Lewis Spratlan, David T. Little, Santa Ratniece, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.

Seven Responses is a project of The Crossing Choir, with the collaboration of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Ryan Muncy appears as saxophonist on compositions by Hans Thomalla, David T. Little, and Louis Spratlan. The album is available here


Balter / Saunier   (New AmsterDam records)

"Balter / Saunier" is the new collaborative album from Deerhoof ("the best band in the world" -Pitchfork) and Chicago-based contemporary music group Dal Niente ("a model of what contemporary music needs" -The Chicago Tribune). The album features Marcos Balter's "Meltdown Upshot" for combined ensemble as well as Greg Saunier's "Deerhoof Chamber Variations," which use the band's original songs as source material for a new suite of arrangements. Available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon.


HOT   (NEW FOCUS RECORDINGS)

 

"Muncy has built a substantial career around bolstering the saxophone repertoire, and [now] he unleashes the solo fuego with his debut album, Hot."  -Time Out Chicago

"On his dazzling solo debut, Hot, he continues to fight the good fight. It shows off the instrument's malleability and freakish extended range as well as its delicacy and refinement." -The Chicago Reader

"One of this year's most exciting albums" -Time Out New York

 

Released in October 2013 by New Focus Recordings featuring works by Chaya Czernowin, Georges Aperghis, Marcos Balter,  Anthony Cheung, Aaron Cassidy, as well as Franco Donatoni's masterpiece "Hot" with collaborators Nadia Sirota (viola), Claire Chase (flute), Ben Melsky (harp), and Ensemble Dal Niente

Find Hot at New Focus Recordings and on iTunes.


Without Words (Carrier Records)

Released by Carrier Records in February 2014, "Without Words" is the first portrait album of the New York-based composer Aaron Einbond and the full-length debut album of Ensemble Dal Niente. Crafted through long term collaboration, highly personalized instrumental writing and performance joins detailed electronic sound as colorful as it is ineffable. In addition to the title track, a large-scale work for solo soprano and large ensemble, the album features Einbond's "Break" for solo baritone saxophone and live electronics. Please visit the Carrier Records website to download the album.