This week, The New York Philharmonic premieres their second commission by composer Julia Adolphe. The first, 2016’s Unearth, Release, was a warmly received viola concerto for Philharmonic Principal Violist Cynthia Phelps. The latest, White Stone, will be premiered July 26th as part of the orchestra’s Bravo! Vail series in Colorado. I recently had a chance to catch up with Adolphe about both of these collaborations,Continue reading “Interview: Julia Adolphe”
WMI Magazine, an annual publication by Carnegie Hall, includes my article on music mentorship. Featuring interviews with three artists, including jazz pianist Fred Hersch, it can be read for free online via Issuu.
Erasure has just released “I Need You Now,” a “bonus track” from their World Be Gone EP. Here’s one of the remixes from the EP: And tour details: ERASURE TOUR DATES July 25 – Berlin, Germany – Waldbühne * July 26 – Berlin, Germany – Waldbühne * July 29 – Stockholm, Sweden – Tele2 Arena *Continue reading “Erasure: “I Need You””
Book Review: Experimental Music Since 1970 By Jennie Gottschalk Bloomsbury, 2016 284 pp. From the very beginning of Experimental Music Since 1970, author Jennie Gottschalk lets us know that her perspective is that of a “maker,” a composer. This is instructive as to the book’s approach and to its inclusion and, in some cases, exclusion,Continue reading “Required Reading: Experimental Music Since 1970”
György Kurtág Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir Asko | Schönberg and Netherlands Radio Choir; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor ECM Records 3xCD 2505-07 Composer György Kurtág was born in Transylvania, but his many years of association with the Budapest conservatory have identified him as one of the foremost composers of Hungary, heir to Ligeti’sContinue reading “György Kurtág on ECM”
One of jazz’s inimitable giants, John Coltrane, passed away fifty years today. Below, film of a 1965 gig in Belgium.
Offa Rex, a collaboration between alt-folk vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney and indie rock stalwarts the Decemberists, released their debut LP, Queen of Hearts, today via Nonesuch Records. Check out a video for the title track below.
Out this Friday (7/14) via Ghostly International, Patricia’s full length album Several Shades of the Same Color invites the listener into a warmly hued, artfully constructed minimal soundscape. Patricia is the recording name of Max Ravitz, a techno synthesist who has recorded three LPs under the moniker. His advice for listeners is similar to that of minimalist composers such as PhilipContinue reading “Patricia – “Speed Wagon Night Bride” (SoundCloud)”
On Academia, I have uploaded a new version, updated for 2017, of my paper, “Dialogues: Conflicts and Colloquy in Carter’s late Concerti.” I originally gave the paper at IRCAM on Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday in 2008. A version in French has since been published in a proceedings volume by Editions Delatour.
Pierre Henry, the father of musique concrete, and the grandfather of all of us in the electroacoustic music field, has died at the age of 89. William Grimes has more about Henry’s life and visionary status in an obituary published in the New York Times.