“Vladimir Jurowski has once again demonstrated not only that he is a great conductor, but also that he refuses to conform. This sets him apart from other well-known Russian conductors and is so important now in our cold spring of 2014, in a country obsessed with searching out its enemies and in the grip of paranoid homophobia.”
"How long is your game?" That used to be the tough one. That used to be the question a video game creator could hardly give an answer to without birthing a scandal.
The diversity question that keeps getting asked these days can be simplified to “how diverse is your game?”
In light of the recent uproar of Facebook tweaking users’ feeds to show them customized News Feeds in the name of social experimentation, I’ve (belatedly) realized something - you know that thing when you load Facebook on your computer or phone and you glimpse a news item that piques your interest, only to have the feed instantly shuffle itself to what you’re “supposed” to be seeing, and that news item you wanted is now gone, and you can’t even go looking for it because you didn’t catch the name of whomever posted it?…
…that was basically a fleeting glimpse of The Matrix. Ignore what you saw and go about your business.
"The Monk and His Cat is a relaxing piece that brings the listener to a climax in measure twenty-two…"
Yup - new favorite tumblr. (Paging contrefacta…)
Nico Muhly’s sentences splinter, his speech fast and fractured. The composer might touch on the practice of diary-keeping among people in the Mormon Church, the history of polygamy in the United States or TLC reality shows. And then – boom – it’s on to another idea, with a few short-circuited starts and maybe an out-there joke that makes one wonder how, exactly, his brain is wired. “Anyway, what was I saying? What were you saying? What was the question?” he said following a rant about record stores, among other topics, in an interview earlier this year. Mr. Muhly, who lives in Manhattan, has written music for organizations and artists such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, violinist Hilary Hahn, visual artist Maira Kalman and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.
“Knowing how to read, and knowing how to interpret and knowing how to write critically are so connected to writing music – and being able to think about music effortlessly and as a language, rather than as this tortured botany,” he said. “A lot of people…think it’s like you have to go into the woods and make this kind of magical mushroom soup.”
The Bang On A Can co-founder talks about his new album, the challenges of his students’ generation, and finding new ways of listening.
"Maybe because I was originally supposed to go to medical school, I hate the notion that writing music is about sitting around and being kissed by the muse. It’s not. We composers work hard and take our jobs seriously. We’re working musicians out in the world, professionals who are supposed to accomplish something specific, even if that task is emotional or spiritual. Composers are problem solvers."
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