Conlon Nancarrow was born in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1912, played jazz trumpet as a youngster, studied music with with Roger Sessions, Walter Piston and Nicolas Slonimsky, joined the communist party, fought against Franco in the […]
Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh’s release with guitarist Greg Tuohey, No Filter, has been getting some serious airtime in Barn of late. Jerome and I recently shared an email exchange wherein I asked Jerome if he would […]
[I am very pleased to be able to share dCS Classical Choices Curated by Charlotte Gardner. I first came across this wonderful selection of music accompanied by equally wonderful words on the dCS Facebook page. […]
Of all the personal discoveries made during my multi-year quest through the Tower Records Contemporary Classical department, two composers stand out from the rest: Morton Feldman and Giacinto Scelsi. If I saw something new from […]
If you enjoyed Schnittke’s wild ride, fasten your seat belts.
In 1587, Johann Spies published a chapbook based on a mythologized and fantastical version of a real man’s life who lived in the early 16th century titled Doctor Faustus. It spread like wildfire throughout Europe. […]
Back when I lived in NYC, I did not own a TV and the Internet, as we know it, didn’t exist. What ever did I do with all that time?
According to me, The Blues was a musical genre that encompassed many styles of roots music beginning in the late 1800s, ending in the 1950s. Anyone who started playing ‘the blues’ after the 1950s, especially […]
I know many of you already know you have to have Ron Carter’s Where? but what you may not know is you really need to have the Bonus Track Version. Let me tell you why.
Recorded live at the Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin) on the nights of April 4-7, 1985.
The granddaddy of outsider art, Adolf Wölfli (1864 – 1930), lived out his adult life inside Waldau Clinic in Bern after a series of failed child molestation attempts (Wölfli was abused as a child, orphaned […]