So Appendix

This week’s column at ClassicalTV is actually a fairly extensive interview with So Percussion, talking with them about next Monday’s concert at Carnegie Hall and the music of John Cage. After, or before, you read it, peruse the selected discography, especially from last year, which was enviably productive:

    Drumming, the disc that put them on the musical map

    So Percussion, their second disc, with David Lang’s The So-Called Laws of Nature

    Amid The Noise, a mesmerizing, abstract ‘pop’ album, with glitchy colors and an equally hypnotic film on DVD

    Threads, a major work in Paul Lansky’s return to chamber music

    It is Time, a smart, fascinating piece from Steven Mackey, again with accompanying DVD

    Caprichos Enfaticos, a colorful, dramatic piece from Martin Bresnick, with Lisa Moore playing piano

    Bad Mango, part of Dave Douglas’ Portable series; So joins the trumpeter in tunes of his, like “One More News” and “Witness,” and come off more comfortable in his idiom than he is in theirs



Author: gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.