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Long-lost BSU festival of new music posts… (1)

Trying to write about an event that you’re working always turns out hard for me. Rather than let the event pass with only one measly post, I’m going for a post-post-mortem review or two. Friday night’s concert might have been the most whiplash-inducing mix of styles I ever experienced. It certainly encourages some thought about […]

There will be Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood, guitarist with Radiohead, has been garnering some solo attention recently. He’s the composer for the soundtrack to There Will Be Blood. The movie has garnered Oscar attention (and nominations), although not for the music. Time magazine had a brief, positive blurp about the music. The BBC review of the soundtrack (pre-movie release) was […]

Marin Alsop, Gender and Race Politics in Music

Alex Ross has written about Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony, in The New Yorker. The hire has been hailed as the first woman to conduct a major orchestra in the United States (with “major orchestra” meaning one that plays year-round). Alsop is a big supporter of new music. Ross writes that “in […]

Reading List 1

Yes, everyone has playlists. How about a good, old-fashioned book list? Yesterday I gave a talk to our local composition seminar, I offered to post some information about my reading list of music- and culture-related books. Here are three to start with: Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsNot a music book, but an important […]