Folks: I respect you all very much. Really. But you don’t know jack about the upcoming Sequenza21 concerts. By way of fixing this (your) problem, we at the site will be offering you penetrating, deep glimpses into the inner lives of the composers and performers involved in This. The Mother Of All Concerts. The Concerts The New York Times Does Not Want You To Know About (else, why haven’t they covered it yet? Huh? Huh?).
First up: Jeremy Podgursky. Composer. (Or just a poser??? You decide.)
Did you learn anything in music school? Or does the phrase “circle of fifths” mean nothing to you?
I learned not to throw stones in ivory towers. I also learned that the first seventeen years of my life were lazy, unfocused, and unforgivable. Music school taught me how to look fun in the eye and say, “bite me!”. And what’s this “circle of fifths” stuff? I went to music school in Louisville, KY and the only fifths we knew of were filled with bourbon.
What’s your favorite “bad” piece of music? And briefly justify your crappy taste.
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Either that or “November Rain” by GNR. Bonnie Tyler’s histrionics have earned her the title of Mrs. Meatloaf. Slash’s guitar solo out in front of the church is all-the-more stunning due to the fact that his guitar isn’t plugged in.
Your five-composition-long playlist for Schoenberg would contain:
1. Anything by Scelsi – “hey Arnold, you digging that tone center?”
2. Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
3. Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed
4. Coptic Light by Morton Feldman
5. that “Do-Re-Mi” number from The Sound of Music
Congress calls on you to draw up a bailout plan for contemporary music! What do you do?
First, I guess I would get my suit dry cleaned. Second, I would burn a CD of Sousa marches in case they wanted examples of contemporary music. Third, I would institute a draft for all performers graduating from music school to serve a four year tour-of-duty in one of many government subsidized regional orchestras and chamber groups. These ensembles would perform and record only contemporary music five days a week, five hours a day. LAST BUT NOT LEAST: I would insist upon the removal of Alaska from the U.S. and replace it with Iceland (sorry, but I couldn’t help myself).