Until I heard Alarm Will Sound perform scenes from The Hunger, your work-in-progress about the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852, my idea of traditional Irish music was the Clancy Brothers! The sean-nós (“old style”) recordings you incorporate are at once uplifting and haunting, but Rachel Calloway’s rendition of Annals of the Famine had me a [...]
Movie composer John Williams turned 81 in February, and no orchestra stepped up to celebrate the passing of his perfect nine square birthday. Perhaps they were all exhausted by the Tanglewood celebration of his 80th last year. Williams may be America’s most successful movie composer; his music revels in the film’s narrative, loudly commenting on [...]
From Pythagoras’ hammers and Boethius’ musica mundana to Beethoven’s Pastoral and Strauss’ Alpensinfonie, composers, philosophers, and theorists have long mused on the relationship between the natural world and organized sound. Yet it was only beginning in the 1990s – and particularly since An Inconvenient Truth helped make climate change front page news – that pressing [...]
Born in Seattle in 1938, Paul Chihara’s first musical experiences were in popular music forms. He has also worked extensively in film and theatre. But in the late 1960s and on to the 1970s, Chihara looked to be the heir or even rival to Toru Takemitsu and his style of Messiaen inspired Asian/Western fusion. A [...]
RUCKUS NYC is a one-day conference and concert on art and the web happening September 29 at Cooper Union. We spoke with the RUCKUS team…
What is the idea behind RUCKUS?
Artists are experimenting right now. Everyone is making up their career path as they go. Deciding how to make art, what art to make, and how to try to make money at it makes a lot less sense than it did even five years ago. Neil Gaiman said that this means that you get to just go and do whatever you want, because no one’s made up a rule to stop you yet. And that’s true. But it also means that we need to be talking each other, compare notes and trying to learn from the hard work and experimentation that our colleagues are doing.
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Complete String Quartets | Steve Reich, ACME ACME performs Steve Reich’s string quartets Different Trains, Triple Quartet, and WTC 9/11 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30 PM Tickets $30 Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street ..:: Website Turntable History/Spin Ensemble | Arnold Dreyblatt Arnold Dreyblatt’s Turntable History/Spin Ensemble and his solo work [... ...
100 Waltzes for John Cage Kevin James’ homage will be performed twice this week. To learn more about it, check out Kevin’s interview… From August 21 through 23, 7:30 PM Tickets are available on BrownPaperTickets: General $20, Students, Seniors $10 Kevin James/The [kāj] ensemble at The DiMenna Center Mary Flagler Cary Hall (lower level) ..:: Website [...]
Music I’m Buying is a series dedicated to reviewing albums that are not sent gratis to I Care if You Listen and that might be somewhat under the radar. To read more about why I felt it necessary to do this, please see my original post in the series. This particular CD I found via [...]
From August 17 to August 30, at Gallery One Twenty Eight (128 Rivington between Essex and Ludlow, New York, NY 10002) the Nouveau Classical Project will be presenting In & Around C, a participatory music and art installation. We asked 5 questions to Mad Mohre, the artist behind the installation… What is In & Around C? It’s [...]
Whenever the key parts of a sentence are the words “Brian Eno” and “new music ensemble,” I cringe a little. Usually, the sentence looks something like this – “New music ensemble X gives a whirlwind rendition of Eno’s masterwork Y” – and no matter what Eno album it is, it’s called a “masterwork” and the [...]