Field Reports

The Field Trip to End All Field Trips

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.

Scene Scan: Bridging Streams in Portland

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.

Scene Scan: New Music in Central PA

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.

Portland: A Kyr for Insomnia

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.

San Francisco: Watch That Scene

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.