September 9, 2013 |
Charles Thompson, known to Pixies fans by his pseudonyms Frank Black and Black Francis, has some ideas about the band he co-founded in 1986. They're pretty basic. "I believe in my heart that the agenda for the Pixies has always been, from the beginning, to be a rock band," he said on the phone from Boston a few weeks ago, in advance of a string of concerts. "And by being a rock band, what I mean is 'a collective of people that goes to a nightclub and performs a concert, and then also books recording sessions at studios.' And that's about it. " If only it were that simple.
January 12, 1994 |
Hearing hefty doses of music by the celebrated but too often neglected American composer Elliott Carter is a rare enough treat, at a time when contemporary music gets token attention at best. Hearing a full plate of Carter works, spanning more than 40 years of the composer's output, and performed by the Carter-friendly California EAR Unit, was a multiple pleasure.
October 25, 1988 |
Czechoslovakia's Talich String Quartet provided a fine opening to the 30th season of chamber concerts presented by the Fullerton Friends of Music on Sunday at Sunny Hills High School. Polish and refinement characterized the quartet's playing, along with solid technical command and sure control. Control, in fact, seemed to be a high priority for the four musicians, who took few risks and approached the music from a rather objective angle.
December 17, 1994
Everyone who attends concerts in Los Angeles likes feeling safe. But Steve Hochman's article "Palladium Security Reflects the Reality of Rock 'n' Roll" (Dec. 14) didn't exactly address the question: How much security is too much? I was there for the mentioned Hole show. It was the same story that concert-goers now encounter at virtually every local venue--overzealous security measures bordering on the absurd. Pat-downs have been going on for years, and no one objects to metal detectors.
June 3, 1996 |
The most interesting feature of the best rock en espan~ol is the way Latin rockers draw upon so many sources of musical inspiration. Argentina's Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Mexico's Cafe Tacuba--who shared billing for the first time Friday night at the Universal Amphitheatre--are perhaps the two bands in the field that have most effectively blended Anglo influences with their countless Latin American roots.
July 22, 1988
The Da Camera Society of Los Angeles will return to Orange County during its 1988-89 chamber music season with a "Springtime in Historic Orange County Mini-Festival," to take place March 19, producing director MaryAnn Bonino announced this week. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will play at the Santa Ana Courthouse, and an evening concert will feature Hispanic music by I Cantori at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah on Bush Street in Santa Ana.
January 10, 1994 |
Widely lavished with the imprimatur "dean of American composers," Elliott Carter wears his eminence softly, like a crown visible only to those who appreciate the composer's uncompromising, fashion-resistant brand of genius. Few composers have Carter's gift for devising knotty, complex, post-tonal music that flows so conversationally. That point was brought home Saturday at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
January 24, 1989 |
In other cities, it's not unusual for the symphony orchestra to present its more accomplished players in chamber music concerts. In Los Angeles, even Andre Previn, the L.A. Philharmonic's music director, might have keyboard duty at such musical offerings. The San Diego Symphony, however, has neither music director nor chamber music series, and opportunities to hear its soloists depend upon other local institutions.