This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Best Of Best Downtown Music 2014 Best New Music Albums 2014 This is the second half of the classical list, music that has common origins in the Western tradition, in the expansive sense of music that began with a social purpose and then developed an abstract(…)
This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Best OfLists. I know, I know, many music fans find this lazy, unfair, and no substitute for criticism. That point of view is generally true, although lists can be useful and informative. And speaking inside the world of criticism, where it is essentially impossible to(…)
Thinking and writing about Robert Ashley has been an involved, major project for me the past many weeks, and I am close to tying it off. There’s no feeling of relief, because his work is extraordinary, and his loss—which was inevitable—is immense. There is such a dearth of new thinking in opera, exacerbated by the(…)
The cliché of the visionary artist is of someone like William Blake, so involved in the worlds in his head that his wife said of him, “I have very little of Mr. Blake’s company, he is always in Paradise.” This is the idea of vision as hallucination, a mystical third eye seeing into dimensions and(…)
I’ll be at Roulette tonight for some old-time experimental electro-acoustic music.
David Byrne and Brian Eno have a new record, available today. Perhaps it will be good. “My Life In The Bush of Ghosts” is decent enough — more on that later — but the free download song off the new record is decidedly ordinary. That probably would surprise a lot of people, but it shouldn’t,(…)