Concerts celebrating Steve Reich’s seventieth birthday are being staged around the globe this year so I thought it would be fitting for western Michigan to contribute to the party. But first, a field trip to set the tone.
In recent years, Portland has earned a reputation as one of the capitals of indie rock, but the city also reverberates to a surprisingly robust “new music” / postclassical music undercurrent.
South of the Poconos, west of Philly, and way east of the Iron City: To those more accustomed to large urban hubs, it might feel like the middle of nowhere, but music fans have a wide range of options here in Central PA.
Robert Kyr enjoys a windfall of premieres and performances that tests the 54-year-old composer’s self-asserted ability to get by on a couple hours of sleep per night.
Martin Bresnick’s Pine Eyes whittles away at the saccharine Walt Disney version of Pinocchio, exposing a darker, unadorned version of the classic story. No lie.
A new coalition of 17 different new music ensembles and organizations join forces in the Windy City.
Slomo Video, the brainchild of video artist Ryan Junell, is made up of one-minute videos, all very slow, made by a total of 85 artists from all over the country.
A seminal Alvin Lucier sound installation triggers complaints of nausea by museum staffers.
Two pillars of the local music scene, Wayne Horvitz and Tom Baker, are cooking up new projects that bring improvisers into the concert hall.