Terry Riley: Obsessed and Passionate About All Music

Terry RileyDrawing by Melissa Richard Terry Riley in conversation with Frank J. Oteri@ the Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX February 16, 2001 Transcribed by Julia Lu Earliest Musical Experiences Studying Composition and Discovering Jazz The Birth of Minimalism and In C Studying Indian Music Solo Keyboard Improvisations Just Intonation String Quartets & Other Chamber Music […]

The Asian Connection

Iris BrooksPhoto by Kevin Misevis, courtesy Iris Brooks As both a musician and writer I have been drawn to Asia like a magnet for many years. It is not merely the exotic sounds of the hypnotic instruments that lure me in, but a more all-pervasive aesthetic, incorporating space and grace in the sounds and intent […]

Soundtracks: June 2001

For various periods of time since high school, I have found myself trying to “be” Asian, as silly as that may sound. I suppose that having grown up “above average” (to use Garrison Keillor’s words) and white in the ‘burbs, there is nothing unusual about that; many of my closest friends have been (and continue […]

Can American-born musicians learn to play your music?

Obo Addy“…There are some people who just learn a couple of phrases from somebody and then start telling people that they are playing Ghanaian music…” Ali Akbar Khan“In the history of America, people never had a chance to learn or hear Indian music, so this has been a completely new thing for them…” Jin Hi […]

What Makes You Attend A Concert, Part II

Back in the September 2000 issue of NewMusicBox (not yet, as of this writing, converted to the archive), under Hymn & Fuguing Tune, we had a thread going called ‘What Makes You Attend A Concert,’ which was kind of a prelude to the ‘Iz You In Napster?’ thread. (The old thread is still on the […]

Does the Orchestra Have A Future?

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have long-term partnerships with several outstanding orchestral conductors who have commissioned, performed and recorded my music. This has had a profound influence on my work. Several of my best pieces are for orchestra. And I think in essentially orchestral colors and textures. Still, lately I’ve been moving away […]

Hell Cafe

Nick Didkovsky demonstrates Hell CafePhoto courtesy of the composer Hell Cafe is constructed in a hierarchy. On the bottom level of the hierarchy are sound samples, pre-recorded using a drum machine and live musicians: Tyrone Henderson (voice), Anne LaBerge (flute), and Didkovsky himself (electric guitar). These pre-recorded samples were stored as .wav or .aiff files […]

Tribute to John Lewis by Gunther Schuller

(This tribute was originally delivered by Mr. Schuller at the Memorial Service held for Mr. Lewis at Riverside Church in Manhattan on April 17, 2001) It was on a winter evening in 1947, on a day when New York City was visited by one of the greatest blizzards in its entire history, that I met […]

James Sinclair

James SinclairPhoto by Wes Thomas James Sinclair’s information-packed catalogue of the music of Charles Ives contains 728 entries covering all of the prolific composer’ s works. The book presents new information produced by recent Ives scholarship and generous commentary on each of Ives’ s compositions. It completes the work begun by musicologist John Kirkpatrick in […]