Whatever Happened to Minimalism? Past and Present Merge at the L.A. Philharmonic : San Francisco Classical Voice
The Los Angeles Philharmonic does another deep dive into contemporary American music with its Minimalist Jukebox festival.
Nils Frahm - Improvisation For Coughs And A Cell Phone, from Spaces
Nonesuch celebrates Kronos Quartet, long known as interpreters of music from around the world, in its 40th anniversary year with two releases: Kronos Explorer Series, a box set of five classic albums from five different parts of the world, and A Thousand Thoughts, a new album that looks at Kronos’s geographically wide-ranging sources, featuring music from 14 different countries. Both are out today in North America (international release April 21). Kronos continues its anniversary celebration at the Switchboard Music Festival in its hometown of San Francisco this Saturday.
More John Adams news: as Creative Chair of LA Phil, Adams has compiled the Minimalist Jukebox festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with a fabulous lineup featuring Kraftwerk in March, and performances of works by John Adams, Steve Reich, David Lang, Terry Riley, Missy Mazzoli and many more in April.
Ongoing this week!
03/28 /14 Kronos Quartet played a packed Carnegie Hall to celebrate its 40th anniversary, performing commissioned works by favorite composers and collaborators, including a world premiere and Carnegie Hall commission by Terry Riley. Jherek Bischoff, Bryce Dessner and Wu Man sat in on their pieces and they also performed works by Laurie Anderson, Clint Mansell and many more. I’m currently writing my third piece for them. Go Team Kronos! Here’s to the next 40.
Ensemble LPR and conductor André de Ridder performing a program of music by Béla Bartók, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and The National’s Bryce Dessner earlier this month. Listen to an audio recording of the concert on our blog.
Ensemble LPR will be back in action at the BRIC House Ballroom on Friday, March 28th, when they’ll join Brooklyn’s San Fermin for a special performance of the group’s self-titled album on Downtown Records.
Photo by Mark Shelby Perry.