Deceptive Cadence helps celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original D.I.Y. music collaboration, Bang On A Can.
Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.
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Josh Jackson hosts The Checkout at WBGO, Jazz 88, Newark
“A vibraphonist from down the turnpike in Baltimore; a guitarist from across the pond in Norway. Both have dedicated themselves to hard-swinging jazz of the highest order, and both journey to downtown Manhattan to lead bands in the next installment of The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. ET, The Checkout: Live series pairs the bands of Lage Lund and Warren Wolf in a double bill, in performance at 92Y Tribeca. The concert will be broadcast on air via WBGO and in an online video webcast at this page on NPR Music, with a live online chat. For more information about this series and the full concert archive, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.
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Piano Jazz has been one of the mainstay programs at NPR since 1979.
“Marian McPartland, the jazz pianist, is stepping down as the host of the “Piano Jazz” after more than three decades on the air, said a spokeswoman for NPR, Anna Christopher…[she] will stay on as the artistic director of the show…For now, the baton will be passed to Mr. [Jon] Weber, a jazz pianist from Chicago. He has recorded 13 new shows which will begin airing in the first week of January. Mr. Weber’s program will no longer be called “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” but will be re-titled “Piano Jazz Rising Stars.” Mr. Weber will perform duets with guests and then interview them, just as Ms. McPartland has done with aplomb for years.”
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by Patrick Jarenwattananon
November 2, 2011
“When he leads a band playing his own tunes, the New York-based tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry makes uncommon, beautiful music. Call it modern jazz if you must; it can get a bit abstract, a little loose. But “modern jazz” often connotes something hypertechnical, or noodly, or lost in advanced harmony, and this isn’t exactly that. It’s often slow, or at least deliberately spacious, and aspiring to something pretty and aching. And it’s finished by a player who gets a meaty, lustrous sound from the horn.
Later this month, Bill McHenry will release a new album’s worth of this music — his third with his current quartet — called Ghosts of the Sun. But before that, he’ll play a week at the Village Vanguard with a completely different lineup, including the great seasoned drummer Andrew Cyrille. NPR Music and WBGO will present a live video webcast and radio broadcast of the Bill McHenry Quartet from the club on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Visit this page for the live presentation, as well as a recording afterwards.”
by Tom Huizenga
Many westerners (me included) had never heard of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff until the early 1980s when pianist Keith Jarrett released Sacred Hymns [Triangle audio cassette boxed set], a rather austere but beautiful album devoted to Gurdjieff’s music.
The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, Levon Eskenian Music of Georges I Gurdjieff
ECM 2236 October 2011
A new album, directed by Levon Eskenian, sets music by the spiritual leader and composer G. I. Gurdjieff for traditional Eastern instruments.
After I first heard those Eastern-tinged melodies, a little research revealed that Gurdjieff was much more than a composer. He was in fact a major spiritual leader, philosopher, author and traveler who was born sometime around 1866 in the Russian city Alexandropol, which is now Gyumri, Armenia.”
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But, if you really want to study about G.I. Gurdjieff, there are many books devoted to his life and work, and you are going to need to procure some and really read them. Charlatan or giant, this is a figure larger than life.
The current acknowledged standard of excellence for the music of Gurdjieff is The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann (6 CD Boxed Set) [Box set]
recorded by Cecil Lytle on Celestial Harmonies (1997)
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October 16, 2011
Musicians who have worked with Reich, NPR staffers and others reflect on his compositions.
“American composer Steve Reich turned 75 this week. The so-called minimalist credits jazz, African drumming and Balinese gamelan for inspiring his signature style. His music, from experimental tape loops to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet, has inspired the generations of composers who followed.
In the early 1960s, when Reich was beginning his composition career, the contemporary classical music scene was dominated by atonal music like the works of Pierre Boulez.
‘It fell to my generation to basically say, Basta! Enough!’ Reich says.
Composer David Lang says he first heard Reich’s It’s Gonna Rain on an LP he came across at the record store where he worked.
‘I had never been prepared to hear anything like this,’ Lang says. ‘It didn’t have a melody; it didn’t have harmony, at least the way I had been prepared to understand it; it didn’t have a way of progressing. And I remember thinking, This is the coolest thing I ever heard in my life. I was 17 years old. I started thinking, the role of the composer is to experiment and explore and to find something new.’
Reich’s music became hugely influential, and not just for Lang. Artists such as Brian Eno, David Bowie and The National’s Bryce Dessner, as well as practitioners of hip-hop and house music, all owe something to the composer.
‘For a lot of musicians like myself, I think Steve Reich’s appeal is quite broad, and in a way just to open this big space for musicians to move in,’ says Dessner, who is also a classical guitarist and composer.
But Washington Post critic Tim Page says it’s not just Reich’s past music that intrigues his fans.
‘One of the things that’s really sort of extraordinary about Steve Reich is that he’s 75, and yet he’s still to whom everybody looks with great interest to see what he’ll do next,’ Page says. ‘And that’s a rarity — especially a rarity with a very radical composer.’
Reich himself is always looking forward. He says his 75th-birthday wish has already come true.
‘That young musicians around the world want to and actually do play my music very well,’ he says, ‘and to go around and hear that, in reality, is the best present a composer could ask for.’
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