Bluefat January Issue

From Bluefat:

Matthew Shipp: A Crack in the Jazz Egg
Well yeah, go ahead and call Matthew Shipp a jazz pianist, because that in a way is precisely what he is. But, good god, he strides far outside whatever done-to-death images that expression is going to conjur, and clearly, clearly it’s time to do a little probing on that score. The NYC-based musician, who’s also worked in several decidedly non-trad jazz collaborative contexts (David S. Ware, El-P, DJ Spooky, the Maneri Ensemble, Spring Heel Jack, Roscoe Mitchell‘s Note Factory, the William Parker Quartet, among numerous varied others), now comes with the latest in a lengthy series of tightrope walks high above craggy chasms… (Read more)

Like a Rainbow in Curved Air: Terry Riley
Along with his former Berkeley classmate La Monte Young, Terry Riley is the big daddy of the school of composing formerly known as Minimalist, and best known for groundbreaking works such as In C (1968), A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969), Persian Surgery Dervishes (1971) and Cadenza on the Night Plain (2006). Riley’s curious path has led him from the outer reaches of modern jazz to Euro serialism/musique concrète/electronics, and has found him drawing deeply as well on “West Coast” ideas of indeterminacy via John Cage and the alternative-tonality worlds of Harry Partch and Lou Harrison. (Read more)

New Moods for Moderns
A conversation with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington is a native of Portland, Oregon, who grew up in Seattle and founded his ensemble there in 1973. For him, that time and place were crucial in setting the open-eared course of his globe-trotting Kronos, who have carved a unique niche for themselves as the most broad-minded and modernist string quartet in the entire world; their thrillingly eclectic endeavors have found them interpreting works by a vast and disparate range of composers and musicians including Anton Webern, Taraf de Haidouks, Tom Waits, Café Tacuba, John Zorn, Osvaldo Golijov, Harry Partch, Terry Riley and Henryk Gorecki. (Read more)

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