February 8, 2019
Today is the official release date of Imaginary Birds: Music for Oboe & English Horn, my new CD on Ravello Records! As I've mentioned previously, all of the pieces on this CD were written or arranged for Charles Huang and Ling-Fei Kang of Oboe Duo Agosto. Other featured musicians include Katie Kennedy (cello), Mohamed Shams (piano), John Birt (guitar), Andrew Knebel (viola), Yu-Chen Shih (piano/celesta), and Annabelle Taubl (harp).
Imaginary Birds is available at retailers like Amazon, as well as streaming services like Spotify. Ravello have put together a nice catalog page for the album, which includes a list of places where you can buy or stream the CD (direct link here).
If you'd like to read a bit more about the CD, PARMA Recordings recently interviewed me for their "Inside Story" feature, where you can read my anecdotes about Nicolas Cage and slide trumpet mishaps:
The Inside Story: Phil Salathé and IMAGINARY BIRDS
Earlier this week, Holly Harris of the Winnipeg Free Press reviewed Imaginary Birds, describing it as a "winsome new release" that "captures the imaginative spirit and voice of American composer Phil Salathé". You can read Ms. Harris's warm and perceptive review at the link below:
Imaginary Birds: Music for Oboe & English Horn (Winnipeg Free Press review)
The opening track, Mandarin Ducks, can also be previewed on YouTube.
Or, do you prefer to have your previews in person? Then come to the Crane School of Music's composition faculty recital next week, as Charles Huang will be performing the CD's title track, Imaginary Birds of the Frozen North, on February 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.
In other news, I'm pleased to announce that I've been accepted for a residency at the Hambidge Center, where I'll be working on a new horn trio for hornist Amr Selim and pianist Seba Ali. More details on that soon!