January 9, 2013 |
Though he's kept busy with a variety of film and art projects, Devendra Banhart hasn't put out a new studio album since 2009's "What Will We Be" -- a relative eternity for the once-prolific freak-folk prince, who recently moved from Los Angeles to New York. That's set to change March 12 with the release of Mala," Banhart's debut for Nonesuch Records following a brief stint at Reprise. (The title means "small" in Serbian, a nod to the heritage of his fiancée, Ana Kras.) Working with guitarist Noah Georgeson, the singer laid down the 14-track set at his former home here, using a vintage Tascam recorder he found in a pawn shop.
November 12, 2010 |
Margarethe von Trotta, who helped lead the New German Cinema movement and has been considered one of the world's premiere feminist filmmakers ever since directing (with then-husband Volker Schlöndorff) 1975's "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum," sheds light ? literally and figuratively ? on another exceptional woman, 12th century Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen, in the superbly rendered and deeply absorbing religious drama "Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen. " Reuniting once again with luminous German actress Barbara Sukowa (seen in the director's "Rosa Luxemburg" and "Rosenstrasse," among others)
August 9, 1998 |
What do you do for an icon on her 900th birthday? You interpret her--and then, to liven things up, you argue about it. This year is the big 9-0-0 for Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century abbess who has become a '90s cult figure. She is undoubtedly our only celebrity composer with a short-form bio that also reads "mystic, theologian, naturalist, herbalist, poet and advisor to emperors."
March 22, 1992
"M ore Talk, Less Bach," last Sunday's story on KUSC-FM by Patrick Mott, has prompted an outpouring from readers . Those critical of the station's revamped format outnumbered supporters by more than 2 to 1. A sampling of their views: So KUSC and the Smith-Grices have run afoul of Ernest Fleischmann and his cronies, who have absolutely no room to talk about treating Los Angeles' classical music audience as "halfway morons." It was their insistence on dictating and controlling the classical scene that cost us Andre Previn and will probably cost us Esa-Pekka Salonen when he realizes the malaise that afflicts classical music in Los Angeles.
July 9, 1998
What's happening this summer: * "The Peony Pavilion" ran into problems with Shanghai censors, but the three-week Lincoln Center Festival of cutting-edge arts events goes on through July 26 with a new production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" by the Tony Award-winning team of Nicholas Hytner and Bob Crowley ("Carousel"), early music group Sequentia's production of Hildegard von Bingen's "Ordo Virtutum" (arguably the world's first opera) and the Hamburg Ballet's "Bernstein Dances" with costumes
March 11, 2013 |
A Devendra Banhart album is akin to an art exhibit of miniatures, the rewards contingent on the viewer's/listener's commitment to exploring each tiny detail in his microcosmic mise-en-scènes. Those rewards here more often are moments of smiling "ahhhhs" than of wide-eyed "A-has!" The indie folk darling's brand of Latin- and electronic-tinged pop yields a broad range of musical and sonic textures here. The lyrics range from snippets of ideas, such as the title track's brief rumination on acceptance of a missed opportunity to a slightly more elucidated homage to a musical hero ("Fur Hildegard von Bingen")