• Join The Club

    This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Bitches Brew

    Over at 333sounds, my edi­tor announced that there will be a new open call for book pro­pos­als, with notice and guide­lines going up at the end of June, and pro­pos­als dues in early August. Time to get your shit together. Series Update/Open Call News/You’ll Want to Read This One: < block­quote> Dear Read­ers, For the(…)

  • Mahler, Then And Now

    Tonight I’m cov­er­ing the sec­ond install­ment of the Argento Ensemble’s “Mahler in New York” series, which pairs con­tem­po­rary com­poses with cham­ber arrange­ments of Mahler. Tonight the fea­ture is the Schoenberg/Riehn reduc­tion of Das Lied von der Erde, and I’m expect­ing big things after Argento’s tremen­dous play­ing of Sym­phony No. 9. Dur­ing a break in this morning’s(…)

  • Critic’s Choice

    Bora Yoon’s Sunken Cathe­dral is my Critic’s Choice this week at the New York Clas­si­cal Review. The word on tick­ets is that there are very few left, so if you’re inter­ested, order them now. For back­ground, lis­ten to our talk with her on the Dec-Jan Rail Tracks Pod­cast. And pick up her CD, one of the(…)

  • Consumer Reports: Beyond Bitches Brew

    This entry is part of 13 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    My work on the Bitches Brew book has hit fifth gear, which is good because it’s due at the end of the month! I have been, of course, lis­ten­ing to a ton of Miles Davis records, not just the music in and around Bitches Brew but what came before and after. The con­text of Miles’(…)

  • My Nine

    This entry is part of 7 in the series Best Of

    I picked this up from Alex Ross, who picked it up from some­one who goes by CK Dex­ter Haven (naw mang, I’m the one with unsus­pected depths, that’s why my wife mar­ried me). Make a list of your favorite num­bered sym­phonies, one through nine. You might be sur­prised by the results. Here’s mine (I share(…)

  • Einstein On The Beach

    This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Great­est Hits

    (For the sea­son, and my Win­ter Fundraiser, I’m repost­ing some old favorites.) The com­plete Ein­stein on the Beach in the pro­duc­tion seen at BAM in 2012. You’re wel­come. One Two Three Four One Two Three Four Five Six One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight These are the days my friends these are the days my friends

  • How Composers Learn, Part 2

    This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Great­est Hits

    (For the sea­son, and my Win­ter Fundraiser, I’m repost­ing some old favorites.) They read, and they write, and not music. They read books about all sorts of things other than music. They gather mate­r­ial, expe­ri­ence, knowl­edge, ideas. They react to these things. And they write. Com­posers are, gen­er­ally, excel­lent prose writ­ers. This isn’t a sur­prise when(…)

Join The Club

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Bitches Brew

Over at 333sounds, my edi­tor announced that there will be a new open call for book pro­pos­als, with notice and guide­lines going up at the end of June, and pro­pos­als dues in early August. Time to get your shit together. Series Update/Open Call News/You’ll Want to Read This One: < block­quote> Dear Read­ers, For the(…)

Mahler, Then And Now

Tonight I’m cov­er­ing the sec­ond install­ment of the Argento Ensemble’s “Mahler in New York” series, which pairs con­tem­po­rary com­poses with cham­ber arrange­ments of Mahler. Tonight the fea­ture is the Schoenberg/Riehn reduc­tion of Das Lied von der Erde, and I’m expect­ing big things after Argento’s tremen­dous play­ing of Sym­phony No. 9. Dur­ing a break in this morning’s(…)

Critic’s Choice

Bora Yoon’s Sunken Cathe­dral is my Critic’s Choice this week at the New York Clas­si­cal Review. The word on tick­ets is that there are very few left, so if you’re inter­ested, order them now. For back­ground, lis­ten to our talk with her on the Dec-Jan Rail Tracks Pod­cast. And pick up her CD, one of the(…)

Consumer Reports: Beyond Bitches Brew

This entry is part of 13 in the series Con­sumer Reports

My work on the Bitches Brew book has hit fifth gear, which is good because it’s due at the end of the month! I have been, of course, lis­ten­ing to a ton of Miles Davis records, not just the music in and around Bitches Brew but what came before and after. The con­text of Miles’(…)

My Nine

This entry is part of 7 in the series Best Of

I picked this up from Alex Ross, who picked it up from some­one who goes by CK Dex­ter Haven (naw mang, I’m the one with unsus­pected depths, that’s why my wife mar­ried me). Make a list of your favorite num­bered sym­phonies, one through nine. You might be sur­prised by the results. Here’s mine (I share(…)

Einstein On The Beach

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Great­est Hits

(For the sea­son, and my Win­ter Fundraiser, I’m repost­ing some old favorites.) The com­plete Ein­stein on the Beach in the pro­duc­tion seen at BAM in 2012. You’re wel­come. One Two Three Four One Two Three Four Five Six One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight These are the days my friends these are the days my friends

How Composers Learn, Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Great­est Hits

(For the sea­son, and my Win­ter Fundraiser, I’m repost­ing some old favorites.) They read, and they write, and not music. They read books about all sorts of things other than music. They gather mate­r­ial, expe­ri­ence, knowl­edge, ideas. They react to these things. And they write. Com­posers are, gen­er­ally, excel­lent prose writ­ers. This isn’t a sur­prise when(…)

Playlist

Start­ing the new year playlist: Philip Thomas, Chris­t­ian Wolff: Pianist: Pieces (Sub Rosa) West Coast Sound­ings (Edi­tions Wan­del­weiser) Miranda Cuck­son, Melt­ing the Dark­ness (Urlicht Audio Visual) O’Death, Out of Hands We Go (North­ern Spy) Dar­ius Jones, The Over­soul Man­ual (AUM Fidelity) Gian­carlo Simonacci, Ars Ludi Per­cus­sion Ensem­ble, John Cage: Music for Piano and Per­cus­sion (Bril­liant Clas­sics) Piotr(…)

The Man Machine

This entry is part of 10 in the series Great­est Hits

In the fall of 2009, Capitol/EMI issued a lav­ish and long-awaited box set, col­lect­ing the cat­a­logue of record­ings of one of the world’s most beloved, and most impor­tant, pop music groups. The music this group made was not only great in its own right but rev­o­lu­tion­ary and hugely influ­en­tial. Whole gen­res of pop­u­lar music of the last forty years are impos­si­ble to imag­ine, and would have been impos­si­ble to cre­ate, with­out the legacy of this band, arguably the great­est of all that came out of the rise of pop cul­ture and mass media. That band is, of course, Kraftwerk.

Who Among Us Does Not Love To Get Down?

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Great­est Hits

(For the sea­son, and my Win­ter Fundraiser, I’m repost­ing some old favorites.) What makes a song? We’re used to hear­ing pop music on the radio or in our ‘phones, hear­ing the instru­ments and the beat, and mainly hear­ing a lyri­cal struc­ture, some com­bi­na­tion of verse and cho­rus. While ‘song ‘ has come to mean a(…)