Could you introduce yourself and Face the Music to our readers? My name is Vasudevan Panicker, but my friends call me Vasu. I’m a musician and native New Yorker who focuses on creating and sharing modern music. Lately, my music practice requires me to tap in and to let go—when I feel good, my music [...]
Justin Davidson, that eloquent observer of classical music culture and fierce advocate for healthy criticism, recently described how “opera fans have strong opinions, which they often express in incendiary terms. It’s an art of exaggeration, and it provokes rhetorical extremes.” One has only to take a quick peek at any of the discussions on NewMusicBox, Sequenza21, Adaptistration, or ...
CDs are not live music. CDs have to compete for our attention in ways that concerts never do. They not only have to draw us away from the myriad attention-demanding devices that proliferate our lives but also have to hold that attention, even if peripherally, for an hour. What may work brilliantly in a performance [...]
A few days ago, Vaclav Richter from Czech Radio recorded Pierre-Arnaud's first public words about his upcoming debut album. Discover what they spoke about!
So Percussion’s International Night Of (Awesomeness) For one incredible night at LPR in New York City, So Percussion brings together multiple generations of percussionists to celebrate our community. The event features headlining ensembles Nexus Percussion Ensemble from Canada (original members of Steve Reich and Musicians), and Amadinda Percussion Group (Budapest, Hungary). Other groups ...
“In 1967, a young astronomer detected in the heavens a rapidly varying radio signal, in the form of periodic impulses 1.3 seconds apart. The discovery caused a sensation. The impulses were so regular that for a while they were taken to be signals coming from extraterrestrial civilisations. Then astrophysicists revealed a truth that was just [...]
Theory and aesthetics in new music are two very, very different things. There’s what goes in to a piece of music, and there’s what comes out, and keeping the two a healthy distance apart has been the sensible option since 1908 at the latest. Music is for the listener, after all, and in a sense [...]
It’s time for me to come out…I am a Cultural Creative. Perhaps you are too? The term Cultural Creative, drawn from research and population surveys conducted over the past few decades, refers to a growing subculture of people whose values and world views are quite distinct from those that most often dominates our politics, media and [...]
It’s not often that I am at a loss for words. It’s even less often that events leave me at a loss for emotion. Yet I found myself in such a state on the evening of May 18, 2012. On that brisk spring night, I reached an intersection of euphoria and anguish.
Readers of this blog have been aware for sometime that I have been working on a new commissioned work for the Atlanta Ballet. The past ...