Dan Ruccia's (Ph.D. composition, 2013) group Cyanotype releases its second album
Birdsongs of a Necromancer is a digital-only album recorded during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. It is an attempt to create presence through absence, in spite of absence, to spite absence. The eight tracks are fully improvised, each featuring a different quartet of NC-based improvisers, with everyone recording their parts in their own homes. In a review in Indyweek, writer Chris Vitiello asserts "Quarantine itself can be said to be a fifth member of the ensemble." As a result, all the pieces sound very different from what they would have been had the artists been playing together in the same room at the same time.