The Changing Faces of MW Ensemble

a closer listen

Songs for cello, piano and a trainOver the last five years, New York’s MW Ensemble has ventured from field recording to modern composition to abstract experimentalism, at times combining the three or releasing concurrent projects of competing timbre.  A vast discography belies the fact that some releases are shorter than coffee breaks.  This allows one to collect favorite recordings like treasures.  A one-hour compilation containing all three field recording EPs, all three 6 Songs collections and Songs for Cello, Piano and a Train) packs 41 tracks into a single hour.

MW Ensemble was launched in 2008 as a vocal project; Apartment or Nepal lands firmly in the field of modern composition, but with singing, akin to recent New Amsterdam signings.  This thread would soon dissipate, replaced by an all-instrumental approach that branched in dual directions: the accessible and the avant garde.  The band also began to sketch songs on their covers, as Cage-like a move as…

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