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John Cage


In 1952, David Tudor sat down in front of a piano for four minutes and thirty-three seconds and did nothing. The piece 4?33--written by John Cage, is possibly the most famous and important piece in twentieth century avant-garde. 4?33--was a distillation of years of working with found sound, noise, and alternative instruments. In one short piece, Cage broke from the history of classical composition and proposed that the primary act of musical performance was not making music, but listening. Born in Los Angeles in 1912, Cage studied for a short time at Pamona College, and later at UCLA with classical composer Arthur Schoenberg


Article: Interview

François Houle: Insider Listening that Makes You Clever

Read "François Houle: Insider Listening that Makes You Clever" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall

Canadians and local Vancouverites have been in awe at BC, Canada's prestigious regular rising star clarinetist François Houle's international ranking status. Houle creates brilliantly fascinating compositions and such clever, innovative work. He has released seven albums as a leader from 2022-2023 and has four more plus on the way. Incredibly he will have released 11 albums ...


Article: Album Review

Sun Ra: Space Is The Place (Music From The Original Soundtrack)

Read "Space Is The Place (Music From The Original Soundtrack)" reviewed by Doug Collette

The outlandish persona Sun Ra created and maintained for himself over the years may sometimes distract from the adventurous intent of the music he made. Yet it is testament to his vigorous loyalty to both the music as means of communicating his cosmic ideology and the basic tenets of his unconventional means of creativity that neither ...


Article: Album Review

Damon Smith, Peter Kowald, Joëlle Léandre & Bertram Turetzky: Bass Duos 2000​-​2007

Read "Bass Duos 2000​-​2007" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

One function of recordings is to document a performer's development. Damon Smith's Bass Duos 2000-2007 not only captures his artistic and technical evolution, his choice of duet partners represents the expanded options for the bass in creative music since the 1960s. Two of the three discs in this set were previously released, but ...


Article: In the Artist's Own Words

Not Like Before: Michael Robinson's Jazz Without Borders

Read "Not Like Before: Michael Robinson's Jazz Without Borders" reviewed by Michael Robinson

Playing my personal vision of jazz, claiming that name as part of my heritage, I endeavor feeling the rhythms of life in the present, past and future, entering into them through touch and nuance at the piano, connecting rajas, sattva and tamas; circular movement, cohesion and disintegration. I've been fortunate to know masters of improvised ...


Article: Live Review

La Jazz Campus Orchestra al Roma Jazz Festival

Read "La Jazz Campus Orchestra al Roma Jazz Festival" reviewed by Serena Antinucci

Jazz Campus Orchestra Roma Jazz Festival Auditorium Parco della Musica 13/11/2022 La Jazz Campus Orchestra è energia pura, contagiosa. Si respira un forte senso di appartenenza ad una stessa comunità, composta da giovani talenti, che di volta in volta, si armonizzano. Diretti dal Maestro Massimo Nunzi, trombettista e arrangiatore di artisti ...


Article: Live Review

Artonov 2022

Read "Artonov 2022" reviewed by Martin Longley

Artonov Brussels, Belgium October 12-15, 2022 Artonov is a Belgian festival that's committed to the commingling of creative strategies. Performances will always display at least two artistic forms, picking from a treasure trove that includes music, dance, film, poetry, painting, storytelling, video and even olfactory and culinary ...

Article: Album Review

Stomu Yamash'ta: Seasons: The Island Albums (1972-1976)

Read "Seasons: The Island Albums (1972-1976)" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Stomu Yamash'ta è un celebre percussionista giapponese, nato a Kyoto, in Giappone nel 1947. Figlio del direttore della Filarmonica di Kyoto, ha studiato musica all'Università di Kyoto e al Berklee College of Music. Ancora giovanissimo venne notato dal grande direttore d'orchestra Seiji Ozawa e si mise in evidenza come performer di assoluto valore in contesti legati ...


Article: Interview

Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension

Read "Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Even if forced to count just one of the two musical associations he's most noted for--a 35-year long relationship playing with the late Allan Holdsworth, and a 15-year long (and counting) stint in John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension--Gary Husband would still easily make many people's musician watchlist. But with both to his credit, (each on a different ...


Article: Album Review

John Cage: Hymnkus, Thoreau Drawings, Two

Read "Hymnkus,   Thoreau Drawings,   Two" reviewed by John Eyles

Another Timbre recordings featuring music by John Cage are into double figures and those featuring Apartment House now number thirty-something, so there was a certain inevitability about this album on which Apartment House perform three Cage pieces. It does not seem long since the label's box set of Apartment House playing some of Cage's number pieces ...


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