The New York-based American Composers Orchestra has released “Playing It Unsafe,” its inaugural download-only live concert recording, featuring new works recorded live in 2008 as part of ACO’s first “Playing it Unsafe” program, led by Jeffrey Milarsky. The works on the album are Anna Clyne’s Tender Hooks, featuring technologies and instruments created by Clyne and laptop developers Jeremy Flower and Joshue Ott; Jonathan Dawe’s Overture and Ballet Music from Armide, a drama set in Iraq; Ned McGowan’s Bantammer Swing, a concerto for contrabass flute; Charles Norman Mason’s Additions, a work for orchestra and digital audio; and Dan Trueman’s Silicon/Carbon: an anti-Concerto Grosso featuring the ACO and the Princeton Lap Orchestra, an orchestra of computer-based instruments. The recording—released both as a full album at online retailers iTunes and Amazon and as individual pieces at InstantEncore—is the first of several download-only live concert albums ACO plans to release this year. For more information visit the American Composers Orchestra website at

Posted March 24, 2011