The last time I saw Matt Marks was in the middle of March. I was heading into the stage door at Carnegie Hall to pick up my press ticket for the concert in Zankel Hall where Alarm Will Sound was to present Ligeti. He was hanging around outside, and before he caught sight of me … Continue reading This Terrible Week
It's true. As Steve Reich said in an old issue of The Wire, 20th century music was an argument between Debussy and Schoenberg, and Debussy won. That is, tonality endures (atonality has turned out to be a passing mania) while form and structure have opened up dramatically. In an earlier post, I wrote about the … Continue reading Debussy Conquers the World
What is uncanny about music notation and recording technology is that they document thought and feeling that have passed but become part of us each time played through speakers or by musicians live.
Bloomsbury and Spotify have set up new arrangement new stream 33-1/3 books, starting with Miles Davis' Bitches Brew
Something to check out now that we’re halfway out of the week: venerable ESP records is 55 years old now, and has one of a series of celebratory concerts coming up this Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., at Michiko Studios (149 West 46th St. in Manhattan). Tickets are $15, a bargain in today’s world, that gets … Continue reading A Good Gig
Salonen is of course one of the major figure in contemporary classical music.
Good stuff over the next few days: Tonight at the DiMenna Center you can hear Ghost Ensemble, which is made up of smart, cool, and curious musicians and composers like Sky Macklay and Ben Richter, with something of a release show for their upcoming album We Who Walk Again—they’ll be playing music off that album. … Continue reading Things to Do
They don't make movie soundtracks like they used to… I'm not sure why, although certainly there is more than a single reason. I suspect some contributing causes are producers' business decisions to put together a soundtrack that will also serve as a pop music compilation they can package and sell. This goes all the way … Continue reading At The Movies