The excellent and important New York classical label New Amsterdam Records had its headquarters pretty much devastated by the superstorm last week. About 70% of their CD catalogue was destroyed, along with all their financial records and their back-up hard-drive, some priceless vintage synthesisers and loads of furniture/fittings. There’s a lot more info HERE.
New Amsterdam are responsible for albums from the likes of Corey Dargel, yMusic, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Ted Hearne, NOW Ensemble and Newspeak, among others, as well as organising the ‘indie classical’ collaboration-extravaganza Ecstatic Music Festival. Apparently they didn’t have flood damage cover, and incidents like this can be really threatening to small, independent organisations like New Amsterdam, so do consider donating a few dollars at the link above (or otherwise maybe downloading some albums and spreading the word).