2008

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Jan

7

  • Raffaello de Banfield (85) dies

8

  • Clyde Otis (83) dies

11

  • Pete Candoli (84) dies of prostate cancer

18

  • John Stewart (68) dies following a stroke
  • Elliott Carter’s Figment III premiered in New York

19

  • Dion DiMucci (68) dies
  • Andy Palacio (47) dies following a stroke
  • Ronald Stevenson’s choral symphony Ben Dorain premiered in Glasgow

22

  • Elliott Carter’s Figment IV premiered in Paris

25

  • John Casken’s Shadowed Pieces premiered in Manchester

26

  • Osvaldo Golijov’s Mariel for cello and orchestra premiered in New York

27

  • Hans Zender’s Logos-Fragmente II and IV premiered in Munich

31

  • Gavin Bryars’s The Summons premiered in Tallinn
  • Moritz Eggert’s “footballet” At The Ball premiered in Vienna
  • Johannes Maria Staud’s Im Lichte premiered in Salzburg

releases

  • British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade UK)
  • Clark – Turning Dragon (Warp UK)
  • Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Tim Story – Inlandish (Grönland UK)

Feb

3

  • Thea Musgrave’s Points of View premiered in Manchester

10

  • 50th Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles

13

  • Henri Salvador (90) dies
  • Roger Voisin (89) dies
  • Arvo Pärt’s Deer’s Cry premiered in Dundalk

18

  • Henrique de Curitiba (73) dies

19

  • Teo Macero (72) dies
  • Grooverider sentenced to four years in gaol by a Dubai court for possession of 2 grams of cannabis

21

  • Joe Gibbs (65) dies
  • Bobby Lee Trammell (67) dies

26

  • Buddy Miles (60) dies

29

  • Anthony Powers’s Nightsongs premiered in London

releases

  • Earth – The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull (Southern Lord)
  • Evangelista – Hello, Voyager (Constellation Canada)
  • Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree (Mute UK)
  • Ryoji Ikeda – Test Pattern (Raster-Noton Germany)

Mar

1

  • Thomas Larcher’s Nocturne – Insomnia premiered in Amsterdam

2

  • Dominick Argento’s Evensong: Of Love and Angels premiered in Washington, DC

3

  • Giuseppe Di Stefano (86) dies
  • Unsuk Chin’s Rocaná (Room of Light) premiered in Montreal

11

  • Patrick Nunn’s Music of the Spheres premiered in London

12

  • Alun Hoddinott (78) dies
  • Colin Matthews’s The Island premiered in London

15

  • Mikey Dread (53) dies

21

  • Klaus Dinger (61) dies

22

  • Cachao López (89) dies

26

  • Steve Reich’s Double Sextet premiered in Rochester, NY

releases

  • Autechre – Quaristice (Warp UK)
  • Bardo Pond – Batholith (Three Lobed)
  • William Basinski – The River (2062)
  • Black Dog – Radio Scarecrow (Soma UK)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Mute UK)
  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band – 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons (Constellation Canada)
  • Sole – Desert Eagle (Anticon)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – Trisector (Virgin UK)
  • Susumu Yokota – Love Or Die (Lo UK)

Apr

5

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s A Tapestry of Life premiered in Auckland, New Zealand

7

  • Osvaldo Golijov’s Youth Without Youth Suite premiered in Chicago

10

  • Kalevi Aho’s Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra premiered in Antwerp

15

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s opera The Minotaur premiered in London

16

  • Johnny Moore, trumpeter (69) dies of colon cancer

17

  • Danny Federici (58) dies

20

  • Bebe Barron (82) dies

23

  • Tansy Davies’s Adorned premiered in Haugesund, Norway

24

  • Tristram Cary (82) dies
  • Osvaldo Golijov’s She Was Here premiered in St Paul, MN

25

  • Humphrey Lyttelton (86) dies

26

  • Henry Brant (94) dies

27

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s String quartet: The Tree of Strings premiered in Witten

29

  • Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Quintet premiered in New York

releases

  • Boris – Smile (Southern Lord)
  • Deus – Vantage Point (V2 UK)
  • Diskjokke – Staying In (Smalltown Supersound Norway)
  • Drift – Memory Drawings (Temporary Residence)
  • Fall – Imperial Wax Solvent (Sanctuary UK)
  • Furt – Plus Equals (PSI UK) recorded 30/11-3/12/05. Paul Obermayer, Richard Barrett (electronics) Phil Minton, Ute Wasserman (vo) Paul Lovens (perc) John Butcher (sax) Rhodri Davies (harp) Wolfgang Mitterer (p)
  • Philip Jeck – Sand (Touch)
  • M83 – Saturdays = Youth (EMI UK)
  • Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV (Null Corporation)
  • Portishead – Third (Island UK)
  • Tindersticks – The Hungry Saw (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Thalia Zedek – Liars and Prayers (Thrill Jockey)

May

5

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for horn and orchestra premiered in Bremen

10

  • Patrick Nunn’s Shoaling premiered in London

11

  • Osvaldo Golijov’s ZZ’s Dream premiered in Boston

17

  • Jolyon Brettingham Smith (58) dies
  • Matthew Dewey’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Hobart, Tasmania

20

  • Alan John’s opera Through the Looking Glass premered in Melbourne, lib. Andrew Upton

22

  • Arvo Pärt’s “These Words…” premiered in Copenhagen

24

  • Jimmy McGriff (72) dies of multiple sclerosis

29

  • Edward Manukyan’s Three Scenes from a Peasant’s Life for Violin Solo premiered in Ashkelon, Israel

releases

  • B12 – Last Days Of Silence (B12 UK)
  • Peter Broderick – Float (Type UK)
  • Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Sunday At Devil Dirt (V2)
  • Einstürzende Neubauten – The Jewels (Potomak Germany)
  • Flying Lotus – Los Angeles (Warp)
  • Grails – Take Refuge in Clean Living (Important)
  • Alan Licht & Aki Onda – Everydays (Family Vineyard)
  • Matmos – Supreme Balloon (Matador)
  • Scorch Trio – Brolt (Rune Grammofon Norway)
  • Mark Stewart – Edit (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!)

Jun

2

  • Bo Diddley (79) dies
  • Patrick Nunn’s Prism premiered in Bath

4

  • Bill Finegan (91) dies

7

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Tropic premiered in Brisbane

12

  • Arvo Pärt’s Stabat mater premiered in Vienna

13

  • Gerd Sannemüller (93) dies

15

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Magnificat and Nunc dimittis premiered in Wells

16

  • Esbjorn Svensson (44) drowns in a diving accident

20

  • Antonio Bibalo (86) dies

22

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Sonata for violin and piano premiered in Kirkwall

23

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s String Trio premiered in Kirkwall

28

  • Ronnie Mathews (72) dies

releases

  • Ellen Alien – Sool (BPitch Control)
  • Craig Armstrong – Memory Takes My Hand (Virgin Classics UK)
  • Herbaliser – Same As It Never Was (K7 Germany)
  • Nico Muhly – Mother Tongue (Bedroom Community UK)
  • Sigur Rós – Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust (EMI UK)
  • Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)
  • Tape – Luminarium (Hapna Sweden)
  • Young Gods – Knock On Wood (PIAS Belgium)

Jul

5

  • Luke Bedford’s On Time for choir and orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • James Clarke’s Untitled No.2 premiered in Darmstadt
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Danziger Fanfare premiered in Gdansk

6

  • David Matthews’s The Key of the Kingdom op.106 premiered in Faversham, Kent

7

  • Philip Glass’s Four Movements for Two Pianos premiered in Essen

10

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Sonata for cello and piano premiered in Siena

12

  • Earl Nelson (79) dies

13

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Piano Quartet premiered in Cheltenham

16

  • Jo Stafford (90) dies
  • Pat Halcox plays his last show with the Chris Barber Jazz Band, ending an association lasting 54 years – the longest in jazz history

18

  • Tauno Marttinen (95) dies

19

  • Tansy Davies’s Hinterland premiered in Cheltenham
  • David Matthews’s One Foot in Eden op.107 premiered in Lincoln

20

  • Elliott Carter’s Sound Fields premiered in Lenox, MA

22

  • Joe Beck (64) dies of lung cancer
  • Elliott Carter’s Mad Regales premiered in Lenox, MA

23

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Last Door of Light premiered in Ossiach, Austria

24

  • Norman Dello Joio (95) dies

25

  • Johnny Griffin (80) dies

releases

  • Alva Noto – Unitxt (Raster-Noton Germany)
  • Bug – London Zoo (Ninja Tune UK)
  • Future Sound Of London – Environments (Passion UK)
  • Leila – Blood, Looms & Blooms (Warp UK)
  • Melvins – Nude With Boots (Ipecac)
  • Nine Inch Nails – The Slip (Null Corporation)
  • Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard – Farscape (SPV)
  • UNKLE – End Titles… Stories For Film (Surrender All UK)
  • Wire – Object 47 (Pink Flag UK)

Aug

2

  • Erik Darling (75) dies of Burkitt’s lymphoma

10

  • Isaac Hayes (65) dies following a stroke

11

  • Morton Subotnick’s Then and Now and Forever premiered in Martha’s Vineyard, MA

12

  • Donald Erb (81) dies

15

  • Jerry Wexler (91) dies of heart failure

16

  • Ronnie Drew (73) dies
  • Johnny Moore, Skatalites (69) dies of colon cancer

18

  • Pervis Jackson (70) dies of cancer

23

  • Jimmy Cleveland (82) dies

30

  • George Benjamin’s Duet premiered in Lucerne, Switzerland

releases

  • Alias – Resurgam (Anticon)
  • Kenny Larkin – Keys, Strings and Tambourines (Planet E)
  • Monkey: Journey To The West (XL UK)
  • Nightmares On Wax – Thought So (Warp UK)
  • Max Richter – 24 Postcards in Full Colour (130701 UK)

Sep

3

  • Géo Voumard (87) dies
  • Grooverider pardoned after spending 10 months in prison for possession of cannabis

6

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Virelai premiered in Turin

7

  • Richard ‘Popcorn’ Wylie (69) dies
  • Brett Dean’s Polysomnography for wind quintet and piano premiered in Lucerne, Switzerland

8

  • Hector Zazou (59) dies

9

  • Elliott Carter’s Flute Concerto premiered in Jerusalem

14

  • Philip Glass’s Los Paisajes del Rio premiered in Zaragoza

15

  • Rick Wright (65) dies of cancer
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Hymn for Tolerance premiered in Jerusalem

16

  • Norman Whitfield (67) dies from complications of diabetes

18

  • Morton Subotnick’s Parades and Changes premiered in Paris

19

  • Mauricio Kagel (76) dies
  • Earl Palmer (83) dies

20

  • Nappy Brown (78) dies

25

  • Horaţiu Rădulescu (66) dies

26

  • Marc Moulin (66) dies of throat cancer

30

  • Henry Adler (93) dies

releases

  • Calexico – Carried To Dust (Quarterstick)
  • EST – Leucolyte (Act Sweden)
  • Growing – All The Way (Social Registry)
  • Hauschka – Ferndorf (130701 UK)
  • Lindstrom – Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound Norway)
  • Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling (Wall of Sound UK)
  • Residents – The Bunny Boy (Mute UK)
  • Roots Manuva – Slime & Reason (Big Dada UK)
  • Sunken Foal – Fallen Arches (Planet Mu UK)

Oct

1

  • Nick Reynolds (75) dies of lung disease

2

  • Brett Dean’s orchestral song cycle Songs of Joy premiered in Philadelphia

5

  • Thea Musgrave’s Cantilena premiered in London

10

  • Alton Ellis (70) dies

11

  • Neil Hefti (85) dies
  • Moritz Eggert’s Symphony 4.0 premiered in Berlin

17

  • Levi Stubbs (72) dies

18

  • Dee Dee Warwick (66) dies

19

  • Sirvart Kalpakyan Karamanuk (95) dies

21

  • Arvo Pärt’s O-Antiphonen premiered in Amsterdam

25

  • Kieran Evans’ documentary Vashti Bunyan: From Here To Before premiered in London

26

  • Chou Wen-Chung’s Eternal Pine premiered in Seoul

27

  • Ray Ellis (85) dies of melanoma

29

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s Herr K. entdeckt Amerika premiered in Salzburg

31

  • Frank Navetta (46) dies

Nov

1

  • Jimmy Carl Black (70) dies of lung cancer
  • Yma Sumac (86) dies of colon cancer

3

  • Jean Fournet (95) dies

4

  • Byron Lee (73) dies of bladder cancer

9

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Five Acts of Harry Partch premiered in Portsmouth

10

  • Miriam Makeba (76) dies of a heart attack

12

  • Mitch Mitchell (62) dies

15

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Manacus Super “Dona Nobis” premiered in London

21

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s String Quartet no.3 “Leaves of an unwritten diary” premiered in Warsaw
  • Florian Schneider leaves Kraftwerk

23

  • Richard Hickox (60) dies of an aneurysm
  • Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers formally declared dead after being missing for more than 13 years

25

  • Gavin Bryars’s Psalm 126 (127) premiered in Bath

Dec

2

  • Odetta (77) dies of heart disease
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s The Message premiered in London
  • Elliott Carter’s Tintinnabulation premiered in Boston

4

  • Elliott Carter’s Interventions premiered in Boston

12

  • Elliott Carter’s Duettino premiered in New York

13

  • Gavin Bryars’s A Family Likeness premiered in Cambridge
  • Elliott Carter’s Poems of Louis Zukofsky premiered in New York
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Hymn to the Spirit of Fire premiered in Liverpool

15

  • Davy Graham (68) dies following a seizure

16

  • Elliott Carter’s Wind Rose premiered in London

20

  • Arvo Pärt’s Alleluia-Tropus premiered in Bari

22

  • Guy Warren aka Ghanaba (85) dies

25

  • Eartha Kitt (81) dies of colon cancer

27

  • Delaney Bramlett (69) dies following gall bladder surgery

29

  • Freddie Hubbard (70) dies of a heart attack

31

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Drei Chinesische Lieder premiered in Ieper, Belgium
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