Function: Back and Forth

By Jo Phillips

Modern classical? Post-classical? Neo-classical? Nobody quite knows or agrees upon what to call it. But a wave of a contemporary music rooted in classical music tropes, sounds and traditions (whilst enmeshed with new technologies, sounds and sensibilities) is well and truly breaking. And somehow – partly through chance, part design – we’ve found ourselves somewhere near its centre.

Over the past 15 years the label Dave Howell has been curating, 130701, has put out some of the biggest names and most important releases in the genre – working with pianist / composers Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. Whilst their own output has been far from prolific, they’ve seen the area grow from just a handful of isolated artists, a small number of promoters and supporters at press and radio, to become – over the past four or five years – a burgeoning force of significant cultural impact.
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If you would like to read more about 130701 and its curator Dave Howell, check out the full article here on our online magazine.