Consumer Reports

Once again, keeping an eye on the bargains for you ... Here's a great deal on a Hank Mobley box set coming out next week: The Classic Blue Note Collection 1955-1961—five CDs that include true classic albums like Hank, Peckin' Time, Soul Station, and Workout. Elegant blues and understated funk as only Mobley could do … Continue reading Consumer Reports

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I Aggregate Myself

Snips and smatterings of my mind, two months now of reviews at the New York Classical Review, augmented at Sequenza21, having me feeling ambivalence and not a little angst about the business of classical music, the cycles of recordings, tours, concerts, debuts. I explore it some in my latest Diary of a Mad Composer, but … Continue reading I Aggregate Myself

Maverick Media

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

Comedy And Madness

If it wasn’t for comedy and madness, would opera exist? What is it that could drive people away from speech and towards singing in such a way that would not only be acceptable as a premise but natural? It takes a certain level of absurdity . . .

Feldman String Quartet #2

I tweeted from the event itself, Ne(x)tworks inaugurating the new Issue Project Room space with the six hour Morton Feldman String Quartet No. 2.  If you missed it, or missed the live audio, Q2 has the stream up now.  Just let time stop . . .