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New Focus Recordings

New York, NY         

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary creative music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Dan Lippel, composer/engineer/producer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert between the fall of 2003 and early 2004. As with many other independent labels, we started this project because we wanted to have creative control over all elements of the recording and post-production process, and aspired to craft full length recordings that were cohesive artistic statements in their own right — a challenge in the download era. Another motivation behind the formation and evolution of the label was a desire to create a home for artistically ambitious releases regardless of their commercial viability. As the label grew, we discovered that several artists wanted to preserve that same creative control over their projects, and the primary service they needed from a label was to facilitate a distributed release within a catalogue of shared sensibility, and to make the music widely available. The New Focus catalogue has expanded in wonderful ways since those first nascent projects as long-standing artists and new faces have contributed their personally sculpted recordings. New Focus currently distributes a few sub-labels (including the International Contemporary Ensemble’s TUNDRA, SEAMUS Records, Olde Focus Recordings) that represent different strains of curation by various colleagues and organizations. 

New Focus Recordings has been distributed by Naxos of America since 2012.