View From Even Further East: The Importance of Being Europe

Daniel Felsenfeld Waiting in the Iberia terminal of New York’s JFK airport, I am more nervous than usual. The flight, much delayed, will soon spirit me away to Madrid, Spain; after a few connections I will ultimately end up in Gijon, Asturias, a small city on the north coast. There, at the jejune-but-mighty Piano España […]

View From the West: Learning from All that is Right with Disney Hall

Alan Rich The red carpet has been rolled up, the hors d’oeuvres eaten, and the champagne stored until the next gala event—which, this being Los Angeles, is sure to happen soon. Last week the city breathed a collective sigh of relief and opened the grand glass doors to its latest cultural amenity, the Walt Disney […]

Making Marx in the Music: A HyperHistory of New Music and Politics

No one can doubt that music has a big role to play in the world of political protest. The controversial musicians we read about in the papers, though, are mostly from the pop and folk genres. It’s not only that those musicians are more visible, though that’s certainly true as well. Classical music and jazz seem to have a more long-term, measured, even sublimated approach to political protest, slower to react and more deeply embedded in the structure of the music itself.