There is much to learn from all of the world’s musical traditions.
Terry Riley in conversation with Frank J. Oteri@ the Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX February 16, 2001 Transcribed by Julia Lu 1. Earliest Musical Experiences 2. Studying Composition and Discovering Jazz 3. The Birth of Minimalism and In C 4. Studying Indian Music 5. Solo Keyboard Improvisations 6. Just Intonation 7. String Quartets & Other […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Like Duke Ellington, John Lewis saw in that expanded vision of jazz a boundless yet disciplined music that went beyond categories and ephemeral definitions and labels. It came from a natural respect and love for other cultures, other traditions, as it was stimulated by John’s imagination and his widely varied world experiences.
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 […]