January 9, 1986 |
Something of the 18th century hangs in the air around avant-garde composer Steve Reich. Like the composers of that earlier era, he has been the best performer of his music and the man who has taken full responsibility for bringing it to its audience. Until recently, to have heard a piece of Reich's was to have heard Reich and his ensemble. But music's dependence on its composer-performer poses serious problems for an artist who thinks beyond his own life, and Reich, his 50th birthday looming next fall, is obviously thinking long thoughts about how his works will survive and fit into the grand flow of 20th-century music.
July 17, 1996 |
Left winger Trent Klatt is expected to sign a new contract with the Flyers, possibly today. "We're close to signing," Klatt's agent, Jeff Solomon, said yesterday from Carlsbad, Calif. Solomon could have filed for arbitration Monday, but general manager Bob Clarke said yesterday that he thought Klatt would accept the new deal. Klatt earned $437,500 last season. Acquired in a mid-December trade with Dallas for Brent Fedyk, Klatt saw a lot of time on the club's third line with center Joel Otto and left wing Shjon Podein.
April 3, 1990 |
The sense of play in Steve Reich's music is liberating and life- affirmative. Odd, then, that its practitioners look so serious as they tap and beat their way across these soothingly rhythmic scores - and that much of the audience at Sunday's concert by Steve Reich and Musicians also looked intense. Maybe a quarter of those attending had the courage to let their shoulders or ankles move with the gladsome material. Is this American, this sit-straight attitude to enjoyment that surrounds new-music concerts, as opposed to rock or jazz?
April 8, 1988 |
When pianist Peter Serkin last guested with the Philadelphia Orchestra two years ago, he played a Mozart concerto and a Stravinsky work for piano and orchestra. He'll be repeating the feat under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, in Academy performances at 2 p.m. today plus 8 p.m. tomorrow and Monday. This time, the works are the Mozart Concerto No. 16 and the Stravinsky "Movements. " It's surprising that the delightful Mozart is receiving an orchestra first performance, but not the pointillistic, atonal and brief (nine minutes)
May 26, 2013 |
Like Mother Nature - where would we all be without DNA? - Gertrude Stein was fond of repetition. As she wrote in her novel The Making of Americans , "Repeating is the whole of living and by repeating comes understanding. " Well, I wonder. Or I did until I watched a good portion of a nearly hour-long film called Fase at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The film, by Belgian Thierry De Mey, focuses on two female dancers as they execute a series of synchronized spins and movements that suggest vigorous calisthenics.
September 7, 1996 |
Flyers free-agent defenseman Petr Svoboda could become the club's first holdout of 1996. "We have significant differences of opinion all around," Svoboda's agent, Steve Reich, said yesterday from his office in Pittsburgh. So much so, that Reich instructed Svoboda to return to his off-season home in Malibu, Calif., this week rather than report to Flyers training camp which opens Thursday. Svoboda and his family returned to New Jersey recently to re-enroll their children in school.
February 25, 1994 |
By new-music standards, In C is positively ancient. Terry Riley's seminal work, the catalyst that set minimalism in motion, turns 30 this year. Strangely, nothing about the piece sounds dated, a phenomenon that speaks as much to the work's vigor as to a lack of progress in the minimalist movement. Yet the work is still a child of its time, written for however many musicians are available or feel like playing at the moment. The traditionally inflexible structure of a classical music group was moved one step closer to that of popular music by allowing this freedom.
July 21, 1989 |
This may be the weekend for a drive out of town and some provocative chamber music. The Kronos Quartet needs little introduction, although its programs sometimes do. Typically, the programs are an atypical assortment of 20th-century classical scores, avant-garde sounds, jazz and pop arrangements. Tonight's offerings include New Yorker John Zorn's encyclopedia of cartoon music, Cat O' Nine Tails, a quartet by tango film-master Astor Piazzolla, and minimalist Steve Reich's emotive, quasi-autobiographical work, Different Trains, which was written for the Kronos last year.
October 18, 1999 |
The Field Exchange offers dancers from different cities a loose network for sharing and creating work. As a bonus, audiences get a chance to see talent from different places. Too bad more people didn't take advantage of this opportunity over the weekend, when Group Motion presented an interesting program of choreographers and dancers from Atlanta and Miami as well as Philadelphia. Atlantans opened the program at Kumquat with Sue Schroeder's half light, for two dancers. While one of them (Laney Abernethy Dabalos)
June 21, 2016 |
Can Moondog survive his own mystique? More discussed than heard, Moondog has become a paragon of outsider music. Blind since he was a teenager and influenced equally by 1950s jazz and Native American music, the Kansas-born Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999) evolved into a Viking-garbed New York City street musician who named himself after a dog that barked at the moon, and created music that felt like the unmediated, pure expression of a (possibly) holy fool. Or so we think. Bowerbird was destined to produce a Moondog retrospective concert, and did so with its just-formed Arcana New Music Ensemble on Friday at the Rotunda in University City with every seat filled.