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BAZ at 100

BAZ at 100 Bernd Alois Zimmermann would have been one hundred today. Mark Berry, in the New York Times, has a discerning overview of the great German composer, whose works bear unflinching witness to the darkest of centuries. I wrote about Die Soldaten in 1995 and 2008. Source: Music-1 BAZ at 100 Read More »

The Second Coming: Shantala Palat’s Quirky Experiments with Ink

The Second Coming: Shantala Palat’s Quirky Experiments with Ink

Ink is a fun medium to work with. I remember when our class lectures would become a bit too tedious, I’d slyly reach out for my pen and start ‘inking’ the last few pages of my notebook—these were ubiquitously known as ‘rough’ sheets. It can be rather addictive— an artist’s tryst with ink, as Shantala Palat might tell you. Doodling casually on a rough sheet of paper is not as elaborate an affair, as planning ... Read More »

A Martirano moment

A Martirano moment Salvatore Martirano's hallucinatory anti-war piece L&039;s GA, in which a narrator recites Lincoln&039;s Gettysburg Address while inhaling nitrous oxide and helium, was given a potent revival tonight at an LA Phil Green Umbrella concert, with the performance artist Ron Athey in the starring role. The program, under the direction of John Adams, also included Anna Thorvaldsdottir&039;s AURA, Andrew McIntosh&039;s luminous new brass-ensemble piece Shasta, and Julius Eastman&039;s Evil Nigger. Source: Music-1 A ... Read More »

A Nightafternight playlist

A Nightafternight playlist Lully, Alceste; Judith Van Wanroij, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Ambroisine Bré, Douglas Williams, Étienne Bazola, Bénédicte Tauran, Lucía Martín Cartón, Enguerrand de Hys, Christophe Rousset conducting Les Talens Lyriques and the Chamber Choir of Namur (Aparte) Claude Balbastre, Pièces de Clavecin, Book I; Christophe Rousset (Aparte) Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet, Landfall (Nonesuch) Ondřej Adámek, Sinuous Voices, Conséquences particulièrement blanches et noires, Ça tourne ça bloque; Daniel Kawka conducting the Ensemble ... Read More »

Will you be my Alban Berg Valentine?

Will you be my Alban Berg Valentine? LULU: Although for my sake a man may kill himself or kill others, my value still remains what it was.                                                                     — Lulu Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg Valentine, Nothing says forever like an Alban Berg Valentine, Alban Berg ... Read More »

LA Phil 2018-19

LA Phil 2018-19 The 2018-19 season announcements for American orchestras have, for the most part, presented a bleakish picture of the state of the art. One index of backward thinking is a lack of female composers. If an orchestra is programming few female composers, it is almost certainly playing little new music, since any serious consideration of the music of our time would have to have to include a large number of women. If an ... Read More »

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