View From the East: Pieces of the Elephant

Greg Sandow As I was watching Mercy—Meredith Monk‘s deeply touching music-theater piece, created in collaboration with Ann Hamilton, and performed at BAM—I suddenly realized how wrong I’d been about something I’d thought for years. I’ve loved Meredith’s work, but always thought it sat in some off-center new music niche. Pierre Boulez, by contrast, lives and […]

John Adams’ Atomic Opera

Last week, the San Francisco Opera announced that John Adams has been commissioned for a full-length opera called Doctor Atomic based on the life of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, developer of the atomic bomb.

OBITUARY: Jazz Pianist Mal Waldron, 1925-2002

Mal Waldron News came from across the Atlantic that jazz pianist and composer Mal Waldron died on December 2, 2002, in a hospital in Brussels. Waldron had been diagnosed with cancer in September and died of related complications. Writing from Belgium, Hugo de Craen noted that despite Waldron’s illness, which had worsened, “Mal remained optimistic […]

OBITUARY: Jazz Saxophonist Bob Berg, 1951-2002

Bob BergPhoto by Sarkis Boyadjian The music community mourns the loss of saxophonist Bob Berg who died in an automobile accident on December 5, 2002 on Long Island, NY. Due to poor driving conditions caused by a snowstorm, the car he was driving was struck by a cement truck and he died upon impact. He […]