September 7, 2012 |
Wednesday was the 100th anniversary of John Cage's birth, and the world celebrated in ways large and small. The New Yorker magazine declared the 20th century "the John Cage century. " Washington, D.C., got into full Cagean swing with an eight-day festival. New York took notice. So did Berlin, Vienna, Paris and London. Los Angeles was somewhat less stirred about its homeboy who revolutionized the way we hear music and approach art. Wednesday, the music department of Pomona College, Cage's alma mater, cut a cake.
May 10, 2012 |
For the mad month of May, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has embarked on a wildly ambitious, slightly mad operatic mission. It includes a Walt Disney Concert Hall staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" next week and the world premiere of John Adams' large-scale opera-oratorio, "The Gospel According to the Other Mary," at month's end. The adventure began Tuesday night with a rare and important performance of Luciano Berio's elaborately operatic study...
April 8, 2012 |
The score for Oscar Bettison's chamber concerto "Livre des Sauvages" ("The Book of Savages") should come with an IKEA-like warning: Some Assembly Required. The half-hour work, which will be given its premiere Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella new music series, employs a toy piano, hotel desk bells, melodicas (with foot pumps), tuned cowbells, tuning forks, conch shells and a "wrenchophone. " The concert, to be conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, also will feature works by Stockhausen and Cage.
March 25, 2012 |
Jennifer Higdon, who won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2010, says her desire to write classical music as hospitable as a Southern dinner stems from a childhood trauma: seeing performance art in the 1960s. She blames her father, a "hippie before the hippie movement," who took her and her younger brother to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta when they were kids. One "art happening," Higdon says, featured an artist, dressed in black, covered with rubber cement, strapped to a black canvas.
March 21, 2012 |
Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain is a master of his homeland's classical music and perhaps the genre's most recognizable artist. But he's also somewhat of an evangelist when it comes to exposing new audiences to the ancient musical craft. The enthusiastic tabla player has reached a new demographic as a frequent collaborator with stars such as jazz fusionist John McLaughlin (they led the groundbreaking Indian-jazz group Shakti) and George Harrison, not to mention his long-term series of explorations with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
February 6, 2012 |
Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero came to this beach resort seeking a fresh start after realizing that their Mexico City metal band was a dismal failure. More than a decade later, Ixtapa is again a haven for them - this time from the rigors of soaring success. The couple, known as Rodrigo y Gabriela, have lived a story that could have sprouted in Hollywood: The pair swap electric guitars for acoustic ones, move to Ireland to play street corners and develop a distinctive style.