This is a record, embedded below (or downloadable here), of my January month of listening. It's not everything I heard, but it is all the new and recently released recordings that I listened to. Everything on this list passed by my ears at least once, and there are several things I listened to many times; … Continue reading A Month of Listening: January 2016
American Mavericks is in full swing here in New York City. I have some mixed feelings about Monday's San Francisco Symphony concert -- I'm not sure what John Adams was thinking when he made Absolute Jest, and it's hard to square Jessye Norman's substantial career with a performance of John Cage's Song Books -- the … Continue reading Maverick Media
We Americans may not know much about history, but we love it nonetheless. Without a basis in facts, that love boils down to the same messy, insoluble arguments people have about things they like. History becomes nothng more than a matter of competing tastes -- some of the major genres are The Founding Fathers, the … Continue reading We're An American Band
This has been slow to get started due to WordPress issues, but it's now taking off: I am the Critic-in-Residence at Galapagos Art Space. What that is and means is something I'm going to be shaping, and that journey starts here, with thinking about Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Gabriel Kahane, New Amsterdam in da house … Continue reading News Unfit to Print
Because it was a good year, another Baker's Dozen ...
If it's difficult at all to think of what to memorialize this Memorial Day, then start with Walt Whitman - today is the poet's birthday. The holiday began as Decoration Day, specifically to honor the Union dead in the American Civil War. Whitman, who tended to so many wounded and dying soldiers, and created an … Continue reading Speak, Memory
Well . . . I minored in history. Not that I was going to be an historian, but I felt at the time a little understood desire to have some context for the things I hoped to look at and listen to in life. It’s made things more interesting and fulfilling for me, given experiences … Continue reading Man And Ives At Yale
The American Composers Orchestra brought a handful of firsts into Zankel Hall on Tuesday evening; their first concert of the season, their first time under the baton of Stefan Lano, how himself was making his Carnegie debut. And the program featured four first pieces; the New York premiere of one work and the world premieres … Continue reading Real Americans