September 16, 2001 |
Many of the city's ensembles and presenters are holding back their flashiest programs until after the opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in December. But no halfway intrepid listener need go begging in the meantime. Especially the new-music fan. The Network for New Music, those smart and stalwart reporters from the composition front, premiere Richard Wernick's The Name of the Game with new-music guitarist David Starobin on Oct. 21 and 28. Another contemporary guitar work, this one by Christopher Rouse, gets a workout with Sharon Isbin and Orchestra 2001, Sept.
May 29, 2011 |
Like a perfect storm, three big new-music events are simultaneously converging on Philadelphia, all but unbeknownst to one another. June's unofficial new-music festival has the Opera Company of Philadelphia giving the U.S. premiere of Hans Werner Henze 's Phaedra June 3-12 at the Kimmel Center, while the company's former chorus master, Donald Nally, unfurls his Month of Moderns Festival with the Crossing choir June 5, 18, and 26 at Presbyterian Church...
June 3, 1992 |
Joseph Franklin was tasting a local beer in a cafe near the old town square and talking about how the Philadelphia ensemble of which he is artistic director could be a catalyst for change. "We're reaching out," he says of Relache, whose musicians are devoted to new music. "American musicians - Americans in general - spend too much time looking at their navels. We've got to look outward, too. There's a changing world out there. " Here in the heart of Europe, where the future is being delivered daily, the Prague Spring Music Festival is one cultural piece of that transition.
April 11, 2012 |
Discovering new music that's to your liking is simple and fun with the help of a few well-chosen applications for your smartphone. Shazam, by Shazam Entertainment Ltd., is a free app for Apple and Android that does one fine trick. Say you are out and about, and hear a song you like. Shazam will listen to a few seconds of music, identify the song, and link to all sorts of information about it. You can "tag" a song and share it on Facebook and Twitter, or send your find by e-mail to anyone or to your "Shazam friends.
February 16, 1993 |
Matthew Greenbaum, speaking to his audience Friday night, said he didn't intend "gradual eradication of the living performer. " Yet that was the general effect of his Fourth Book of Motions (1992). Played by saxophonist Marshall Taylor at the Network for New Music's concert at the Philadelphia Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square, the piece pits sounds generated by a human being against those spewed forth by a tape. As Greenbaum pointed out, the technique is nothing new. Stemming from technology first used by Pierre Schaeffer nearly 50 years ago and further developed by dozens since then, the idea is to explore the similarities and differences between electronic and acoustic sound.
February 15, 2011 |
In the post-Valentine's Day spirit, we're "speed dating" new album releases today. _ PJ Harvey, "Let England Shake" (Vagrant, A-): Polly Jean puts varied voices to missives about the downfall of Britain and aftershock of war. You scare me, girl. Gotta see you again. _ Cowboy Junkies, "Demons: The Nomad Series Volume 2" (Latent/Razor & Tie, B+): Margo and Michael Timmins ease access to the dark ruminations of the severely crippled (and now sadly departed) singer/songwriter Vic Chestnutt.
April 4, 1993 |
The Settlement Music School's Contemporary Players are a prime example of how music performance has changed over the centuries. By establishing a regular performance schedule, the ensemble and the sponsoring school are committing themselves to performance of new music in a sustained way. Two hundred years ago, every musician made a living playing new music. Had some formed a group to play music that had been popular a century earlier - by, say, Bach or Telemann - they would have been seen as strange, and in need of patronage from a similarly eccentric archduke.
May 30, 1986 |
"Trans-Sonic: A Festival of New Music" this weekend offers two nights of the experimental sounds that have come to be called "new music. " New music's pioneering use of synthesizers and other electronic hardware has yielded an intricate, abstract music whose sound ranges from the lush and densely layered to the spare and minimalistic. "Trans-Sonic" features both local and national figures prominent within the genre. Tonight, the Mikel Rouse Broken Consort makes its Philadelphia debut.
February 4, 1989 |
Composer-arranger John Zorn, whose band Naked City launches the New Music at Annenberg Center series Monday, has a personality split between at least two conflicting approaches to music. For contemporary-classical ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet, Zorn creates pieces that incorporate "found" sounds, record-scratching and rock motifs. These somewhat formally composed pieces have won him praise for redefining the boundaries of "traditional" string-quartet music. For more improvisation-oriented groups, of which the five-piece Naked City is one stripped-down representative, he works in the moment by creating an environment in which snips of narrative, sparring guitars, blood-curdling screams and dramatic movie-score melodies rip and run over agitated, funk- influenced rhythms.
February 26, 2002 |
It should not be surprising that four composers born in China and now working in America would utilize techniques of both Eastern and Western musical cultures. What is not so usual, but was apparent in Sunday's Network for New Music concert, is that all have created music of uncommon drama, introspection and spirituality. With the composers in attendance at the Settlement Music School in Queen Village, the concert began and ended with music of great momentum and coloristic variety.