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Philip Glass, early protagonist of the Minimalist movement, studied with Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger. His first job, assisting Ravi Shankar on a film soundtrack, heralded the start of his own successful cinema career, and to date he has scored over fifty movies. Early works tended to be abstract, but from the mid-1970s his attention shifted towards the stage. His first operatic triumph, Einstein on the Beach, did much to reinvigorate the international contemporary opera scene. Profoundly interested in traditional cultures, Glass often draws on Eastern traditions, as in Monsters of Grace (1997), a multimedia collaboration based on the writings of Rumi


Article: Radio & Podcasts

On Minimalism: Kerry O'Brien and William Robin in Conversation

Read "On Minimalism: Kerry O'Brien and William Robin in Conversation" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On Kerry O'Brien and William Robin, co-authors of the book On Minimalism: Documenting a Musical Movement (University of California Press).Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and LaMonte Young are stereotypically described as the “Big Four" of minimalism in music. While On Minimalism does nothing to undermine or belittle their pioneering ...


Article: Book Review

On Minimalism: Documenting A Musical Movement

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On Minimalism: Documenting A Musical Movement Kerry O'Brien and William Robin 449 Pages ISBN: 9780520382084 University of California Press 2023 Much like jazz, the origin story of minimalism is messy and hard to pin down to a date. And like jazz, definitions of minimalism can be rather slippery or ...


Article: Album Review

Brian Eno: Foreverandevermore

Read "Foreverandevermore" reviewed by Scott Gudell

The shiny silver disc of Brian Eno's CD is encased in a simple outer shell of cardboard, accompanied by an equally unassuming booklet with over a half-dozen spherical images. In all probability, this modest packaging and those spheres, many supported by skeletal broadcast tower-like shafts, is a cryptic puzzle being used by Eno to help him ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

The Richness of Reich's Repetition

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Almost as in deference to the minimalist approach of composer Steve Reich, these two discs distill their titles down to simply Reich / Richter on one and Steve Reich on the other. It's a hint on what's about to come. Reich/Richter Ensemble Intercontemporain Nonesuch Records 2022 Steve Reich, ...


Article: Album Review

Cédric Theys: Légèreté De L'Être

Read "Légèreté De L'Être" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cédric Theys is a touch guitarist, composer and producer. Since taking up the touch guitar, much of his recorded output has taken the form of experimental music such as soundscapes and instant compositions. He has had several collaborations, including a regular one with his brother, drummer Alban Theys. But this album includes no touch guitar playing, ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

3x3: Piano Trios: July 2022

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: July 2022" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Florian Hoefner Trio Desert Bloom Alma Records 2022 If the title of First Spring appropriately represented the Florian Hoefner Trio's first emergence, Desert Bloom is the picture of a colorful summer to follow--warmer, more vibrant, and at the same time more settled. As on their debut, the trio shows off an ...


Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

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Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May

The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

Article: Opinion

Sam Sadigursky e i suoi Solomon Diaries

Read "Sam Sadigursky e i suoi Solomon Diaries" reviewed by Gianni Morelenbaum Gualberto

L'estate a New York è sempre stata umida e soffocante. E così l'avvertivano Abraham e Molly Brickman, da poco emigrati dalla Russia. Era il 1908, dopo pochi anni i due coniugi decisero che la metropoli non faceva per loro. Acquistarono un appezzamento di terra a poco prezzo a South Fallsburg, nella contea di Sullivan (detta anche ...


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