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Janus Trio on WPRB

Our friend Marvin Rosen will be hosting the Brooklyn-based trio Janus on his “Classical Discoveries” radio program tomorrow (Wednesday) morning from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. If you don’t live near Princeton, NJ, or if you’re like me and you only consume actual radio waves when you’re in the car, you should be able to catch […]

Positive Silence

When I was a kid, my family did a lot of hiking and camping, and on those trips at mealtime or for a cup of tea during a rest my dad would do the cooking.  He would break out a little camp stove, fill a pot with water, and turn on the gas, igniting it […]

A Long Ride in A Complicated Machine: Who We Imitate, and Why

The consistently thought-provoking Kyle Gann has a complaint: “I think young composers might want to think about diversifying the composers they base their styles on beyond John Coolidge Adams.”   He gets a lot more promotional CDs than I do from record labels and young composers hoping to lure him out of music-critic retirement to provide […]

12-Step Program

Kyle Gann reports that more than twice as many students have signed up for his 12-tone Analysis seminar than for his Beethoven class, and then in the comments he expresses concern that some of those students may think the course is a 12-Step program. Coincidentally, our crack musicological research team has recently uncovered the following […]

The Two Best Things I’ve Heard in Weeks

1. Kyle Gann recently posted Carolyn Yarnell’s piano piece The Same Sky on his blog. (Click here and scroll down for the link to the recording) He calls it “one of the most fantastic keyboard works anyone’s written in the last 20 years” and I have to agree.  Kathleen Supové is the pianist, and she […]

Glass on Colbert

Last night on The Colbert Report, Steven Colbert brought in Philip Glass to assist him in a parody of. . . Philip Glass. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c We Are at War – Philip Glass www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Economy It’s clearly a spoof of Einstein on the […]

Introducing Syzygy

In a city like New York, with so many first-rate musicians moving to town every year to try to “make it,” promising new chamber ensembles spring up all the time, and I think this is a great thing.  One of 2009’s most promising new groups was the Syzygy New Music Collective, which gave their debut […]

A Visit from J. S. Bach

I hesitate to repost this again, but I find that the links that Google turns up are mostly dead, and some of you seem to like it.  So, with best wishes for a happy holdiay season, and without further ado, I give you: A Visit From J.S. Bach By Galen H. Brown, (With apologies to […]

Who Interviewed Amanda Palmer?

Amanda Palmer (photo by Martin Foster) Amanda Palmer is a bona fide rock star.  She first made her name as half of The Dresden Dolls, and has since struck out on her own with a solo album called “Who Killed Amanda Palmer.”  In June of 2008 she teamed up with the Boston Pops for two […]

Tuning in to Gravity at Galapagos

Last Friday I finally made it down to the new DUMBO location of Galapagos Art Space to see the release party/performance of Mikel Rouse’s haunting new album Gravity Radio. But let’s back up for a moment before we get to Rouse. DUMBO, for you non-New Yorkers, is one of the myriad New York City neighborhood […]