LaMonte Young and his Masterpiece
New music composer LaMonte Young, routinely named in the company of Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Terry Riley as one of the fathers of American minimalism, may have outdone them all in terms of sheer scope, demand for concentration, and potential for profound revelation in his six-hour plus masterpiece The Well Tuned Piano. Tom Service offers this encouraging and helpful guide to what he calls “one of the great achievements of 20th-century music.” (Also, read about how the paths of Young and Eric Dolphy crossed.)
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Musicians in Mali Fight for their Right to Make Music
Amid the internal conflicts that have shaken Mali, the country’s musicians are battling what they see as grave threats to the country’s rich and deep musical tradition. Soon, musicians from Mali will bring their message to the US. Jim Fusilli’s account focuses on the coalition of musicians in Mali fighting to defend their music against Islamic fundamentalists seeking to suppress music within Mali; he also sheds valuable light on the music they’re fighting to preserve.
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