For four decades, Thomas Steenland has produced compelling recordings of alternative classical, experimental, and avant-garde music. Thomas Steenland founded Starkland in 1991 to reissue recordings of legendary works by the electronic music pioneer Tod Dockstader. In 2016, Starkland celebrates its silver anniversary with a CD of Dockstader pieces which were discovered after his death in 2015.
Starkland composers include Charles Amirkhanian, Phillip Bimstein, Martin Bresnick, Tim Brady, Phyllis Chen, Mary Ellen Childs, Nathan Davis, Tod Dockstader, Paul Dolden, Paul Dresher, William Duckworth, Robert Een, Fred Frith, Aaron Jay Kernis, Phil Kline, Guy Klucevsek, Lukas Ligeti, Keeril Makan, Ingram Marshall, Merzbow, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Vincent Persichetti, Somei Satoh, Carl Stone, Lois V Vierk, Pamela Z, and John Zorn.
The International Contemporary Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Ethel Quartet, Todd Reynolds, Either/Or, Todd Reynolds, Lisa Moore, Ashley Bathgate, Jenny Lin, and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra are some of the musicians on Starkland’s CDs.
Starkland’s recordings have been praised in The New York Times, Gramophone, The New Yorker, Stereophile, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Fanfare, Washington Post, American Record Guide, New York Magazine, Sequenza21, Boston Globe, Sound & Vision, New York Magazine, UK’s The Wire, and Canada’s Musicworks. Starkland’s releases have also been featured on such national radio programs as NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.
Thomas Steenland has also commissioned over two hours of surround-sound music, from thirteen prominent new-music composers, that premiered on two Starkland DVDs, an accomplishment unmatched by any other label in the world.