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Taking Partch Taking Partch Twenty-five years after experimental composer and instrument builder Harry Partch died, his music and ideas have found a living legacy in the Bay Area August 25, 1999

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Music, Making Up Their Minds

Making Up Their Minds

People consider that composers are, for the most part, dead," says New York composer/performer Annie Gosfield. "So the fact that festivals give people the opportunity to see that composers are in fact living, breathing, working people is certainly helpful." Gosfield…
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Music, Tenor of the Times

Tenor of the Times

Tradition for me, in jazz, is not with a capital T, and tradition also is not a backward-looking attitude," explains celebrated saxophonist Joshua Redman. "For me, tradition in jazz is a living, breathing thing. It's the language of jazz as…
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William Ørbit

William Ørbit Pieces in a Modern Style (Maverick) There is a natural desire to treat William Ørbit's Pieces in a Modern Style, a collection of classical compositions synthed up and reinterpreted for modern ambient audiences, with some degree of critical…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Anne-Sophie MutterWhen German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter burst onto the classical scene in the late 1980s, she was also bursting out of her dress -- sporting sexy strapless numbers onstage that led some critics to accuse the beauty of trying to…
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Music, Rebuilding Babylon

Rebuilding Babylon

Backstage at the War Memorial Opera House, manager of fabric props Dawn Roth shows off her handiwork: a richly textured, red velvet altar cloth for Verdi's Nabucco that is resplendent with gold trim, metal rivets, and multicolored glass jewels. "You…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Joshua BellWhile many child actors become better known in their later years for their criminal records or battles with drug addiction (take, for example, the entire cast of Diff'rent Strokes), classical music prodigies tend to make the transition into adulthood…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The Derriere GuardIs there still such a thing as the avant-garde? In a world in which musical dissonance is de rigueur, conceptual art is commonplace, and free-verse poetry is painfully prosaic, classical composer Stefania de Kenessey thinks not. In response…
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Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet Dracula (Nonesuch) Darkly mysterious in his long black cape, Bela Lugosi stands on the staircase, cocks his head slightly, and utters the immortal lines: "Listen to them -- the children of the night. What music…
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Music, Thar She Bows

Thar She Bows

In her program notes to Songs and Stories From Moby Dick, Laurie Anderson explains her fascination with Melville's literary masterpiece: "Being a somewhat dark person myself," she says, "I fell in love with the idea that what you look for…
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Music, Boxed Ears

Boxed Ears

A critic once called composer John Adams the Hamlet of contemporary classical music, accusing him of not being able to make up his mind and settle on a specific musical style. It is a charge with which the Berkeley-based Adams…
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Music, Pointed Counterpoints

Pointed Counterpoints

Timing is everything: In the early 1960s, 10 years before the renowned new music ensemble Kronos Quartet formed, minimalist composer Steve Reich was studying music at Mills College in Oakland. In the late 1970s, when Kronos was ensemble-in-residence at Mills,…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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