CD Review: "The Creatures in the
Garden of Lady Walton"
Clogs / Brassland



Newsome's penchant for deep, dark melodies is at its best.

Representing both consolidation and evolution, The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton is Clogs' most expansive work to date. With an ever-broadening reach, this intrepid quartet continues to make some of the most hauntingly beautiful and spiritually profound chamber music of the last decade.
- John Kelman, All About Jazz

CD Review: "Polka the Elk"
Rachael Elliott

Q2 Music Album of the Week

With Eyes Cast Down [is] Newsome's seven-track darling of an opus that makes use of the composer's talents on viola, voice, piano and harpsichord (the last two instruments doubled by John Orfe) and harkens to Glass at his most decaffeinated and mystical -- the final movement is at once heartbreaking and trancelike and worth several replays on its own.
- WQXR/ Q2 Music


CD Review: "Lantern"

...If this is your first exposure to Clogs, you've picked a fantastic time to become acquainted.

Lantern is the most fully realized version of Clogs' aesthetic, seamlessly mixing their musical reference points--classical, European folk, post-rock--into a unique sound. Unlike previous Clogs albums, which primarily featured compositions written either solely by Newsome, or in conjunction with Dressner, Lantern is a collaborative effort. Each original track on this disc is credited to the group as a whole, and this joint effort shows in the performances.
- David Raposa, Pitchfork

Performance Review
Clogs at London Jazz Festival

...this is music of such intense beauty that each successive piece is like another exquisite blow on a bruise. The cumulative effect is overwhelming, which is meant as the highest praise.
- David Peschek, London Guardian


Joe's Pub 2004. Photo: Scott Devendorf
CD Review: "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers"
The National

Padma Newsome (whose superior avant-classical/post-rock group Clogs released a criminally overlooked record this year) contributes some wild, real gone violin. This is brave, desperate and desperately beautiful music.

CD Review: "Lullaby for Sue"

Clogs resembles a refuge for itinerant classical musicians. Guitarist Bryce Dessner has played in rock bands since a young age, bassoonist Rachael Elliott began playing jazz as a teenager, and percussionist Thomas Kozumplik also dabbled with fusion. Newsome's genius lies in knowing how to give these musicians a common framework in which to work, without locking them in shackles. More adventurous in its formal behaviour, at times more harsh and angular, Clogs' second album, Lullaby for Sue, once again succeeds in broadening the scope of this un-nameable and unclassifiable music.
- Richard Robert, Vibrations (France)

Performance Review: "21 Variations for a Friend"
New Haven, CT, 2003

...he blurs lines between what makes something classical or modern, popular or fringe, band-like or orchestral. And he starts from the same place rock bands start from--unpretentious personalized musings, sharp beats and chords, eerie strings and assorted whoops and whistles. It just comes out differently--dark and mysterious--when Newsome does it.
- Chris Arnott, New Haven Advocate

Performance Review

While his [Padma Newsome's] works for bassoon, saxophone, guitar, percussion, and his own instruments bear the casual, loose-limbed shamble of Western improvisation, they are largely grounded in the classic folk musics of India and the Jewish Diaspora. At once familiar and alien, comical and disquieting, soothing and overwrought, the Clogs' music walks a fine line between radiance and darkness that is rarely achieved outside Hindu culture--and even more rarely in a nightclub setting.
- San Francisco Weekly

CD Review: "Thom's Night Out"


The biggest drawback to Thom's Night Out is that it won't fit logically anywhere in your music collection. A case could be made for including it with your world-music stuff or with your classical discs or even with the rock CDs--somewhere between Camper Van Beethoven and Costello, Elvis. The four-piece ensemble uses Western classical instruments to play pop-structured songs thatcan sound like klezmer music, traditional Indian melodies or even medieval monody. Padma Newsome plays the violin and viola and also composed most of the tunes. Thomas Kozumplik plays all manner of percussion, including steel drums, and Bryce Dessner plays classical guitar while Rachael Elliott fills out the ensemble on bassoon. Sound like an odd combination? It is, but the honed chops and unique harmonic sensibility somehow hold it all together. Fans of rock's slo-mo movement will feel right at home, and so will their parents. It is overall refreshing in its originality and bravado; few new CDs in any genre will do as much to challenge the way you listen to music.
- Andrew Ervin, Philadelphia City Paper

Helpmann Academy Festival, Fish Factory, 1996  


The most entertaining section of the evening is Padma Newsome's Fish Factory. The score mixes the glamorous jazz sounds with sensational operatic highlights... Rapper, Nicolas Bishop, is appropriately conversational as the ex-fish factory worker blurting out ridiculous lines like: "She is the fish, and I am the chips". Contrasting to his down to earth charm is the bravado of soloist, Samantha Rubenhold. Newsome and librettist Chris Mooney have made take away food into a contemporary, jubilant metaphor for love.
- Amanda Phillips, Adelaide Advertiser



Playing by firelight, Paris, 2004. Photo: Matthew Elliott
Host: Mathieu Saura

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