February 8, 1998 |
Any list of prominent new music guardians in Los Angeles would have to include the man called Lucky. In 1970, Stephen "Lucky" Mosko arrived at the then-new California Institute of the Arts as a graduate student and teaching assistant, and gradually proceeded to get a grip on the reins of the contemporary music scene. He never really let go. From Ojai to San Diego, from the California EAR Unit to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, his influence has been felt.
May 15, 1991 |
Stephen Mosko and his expert San Francisco Contemporary Music Players closed what Monday Evening Concerts called a "San Francisco in L.A." mini-festival at the Bing Theater of the Los Angeles County Art Museum Monday night. Bravely, Mosko chose to run with a program in which four of the five entries were written within the past two years.
March 17, 1985 |
Poignant, witty, articulate, crafty and economical--the music of Mel Powell seems oddly separated from its times, though its times are ours. Seen in perspective March 8, when the festival returned to the Valencia campus, six of these works, poetic and abstract at once, seem to be part of a stream, not disjunct entities.
March 19, 1986 |
A fascination with astrology is common to a number of contemporary composers. The latest Monday Evening Concert in Bing Theater at the County Museum of Art displayed some of the musical results for Karlheinz Stockhausen and Roberto Gerhard in a program called "Music for the Zodiac." Gerhard seems to have taken it fairly seriously. In the years before his death in 1970, the expatriate Catalan composed a number of works bearing the names of zodiacal signs.
February 6, 1992 |
The composer who names a piece "Song of Penance" is taking a real risk on some easy jokes. Tod Machover, however, would seem to have little need to make reparations for his new viola concerto, as committed before a large and eager crowd Monday at the Japan America Theatre, by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and soloist Kim Kashkashian. Long on energy, varied in influences and firmly directed in one sweeping movement, "Song of Penance" made a big sonic impact on its first hearing.
May 10, 1989 |
In a period when dance historians are industriously re-creating significant "lost" works, CalArts forces have made an oblique contribution with the restoration of "Ballet Mecanique," the landmark Dada film by Dudley Murphy, Fernand Leger and Man Ray, with music by George Antheil. The results of the cinematic effort, led by William Moritz, were shown for the first time Monday, as part of a Green Umbrella concert at the Japan America Theatre by the ever-intrepid New CalArts 20th-Century Players.