ANFTD #81: Cory Smythe

His extraordinary new recording on Pyroclastic Records, Accelerate Every Voice, brings Cory Smythe into conversation with Dave Douglas, with reverberations of Andrew Hill, Alvin Lucier, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, and the whole subgenre of “Virtuosic Acappella Metal.” Cory talks about his work as a pianist with International Contemporary Ensemble, Tyshawn Sorey Trio, as well as with Hilary Hahn. He also shares some insights into composing for highly personal performing vocabularies. Thanks, Cory.


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Edited by Geoffrey Countryman.