Can American-born musicians learn to play your music? 1

Ali Akbar KhanPhoto courtesy The Ali Akbar School of Music 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. I was the first man to introduce Indian classical ragas to America in 1955. Slowly, slowly people have had […]

1st American Composers Invitational at Cliburn Competition

Van Cliburn Foundation Original works by four American composers – C. Curtis-Smith, Lowell Liebermann, James Mobberley, and Judith Lang Zaimont – have been chosen by the competitors for possible performance during the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Each of the 12 contestants chosen for the semifinal round will be required to play one of […]

Can American-born musicians learn to play your music? Obo Addy

Obo AddyPhoto courtesy Susan Addy Ghanaian-born master drummer, teacher and composerBased in Portland OR Ghanaian music takes a long time to learn. Americans can learn to play this music, but only if they have a very good teacher and if they are willing to take the time to do it. There are some people who […]

View from the West: Recent Trends and Events

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki That the West is a haven for musical iconoclasts and has a dynamic new music community is made manifest when one takes a close look at some of the activities of musicians as well as the organizations which support, present and otherwise champion contemporary work. The San Francisco Bay Area […]

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 […]