Avant-Garde Composer Glenn Branca Recounts His Cacophonic Symphonies One-By-One

Glenn Branca performing at Hallwalls in the 1980's
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From the Village Voice, a run-down of Branca’s symphonies.

all Glenn Branca the “guitar guy” and see how fast the spiky-haired composer swears, sneers, or stalks out of the room. Though his retuned axes gave conceptual inspiration (and sidemen gigs) to Sonic Youth, and have often been the bedrocks of his pieces for 30 years, Branca’s 15 symphonies have included microtonal harpsichords, homebuilt mallet guitars, overturned trash cans, and traditional European orchestras.

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Electroacoustic Music Tonight in Eugene

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From the University of Oregon School of Music:

Acclaimed composer John Chowning will be featured at a concert by Future Music Oregon, the UO’s music technology program, at 8 p.m. in room 163 in the music building. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens, available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. Chowning’s compositions will be featured, along with interactive performance pieces by the Oregon Electronic Device Orchestra.

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A marathon weekend celebrates the 45th anniversary of the AACM

From chicagotribune.com, more on this weekend’s Chicago AACM shows:

Forty-five years ago, a group of musicians from the South Side of Chicago changed jazz — or at least started to. By forming the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, they radically altered not only how jazz was produced and how it sounded, but how it was presented, as well. The AACM originators found their own performance sites, staged their own concerts and built their own syntax for jazz improvisation and composition.

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