Magnus Lindberg and Philharmonic at Symphony Space

Magnus Lindberg
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No doubt some in the audience were drawn by the specific program, which intriguingly paired a new work by Magnus Lindberg, the Philharmonic’s composer in residence, written in homage to his influential teacher, the French composer Gérard Grisey, with a major score by Grisey, who died of a stroke at 52 in 1998.

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Interview with Darcy James Argue

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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From Burning Ambulance:

Pianist/composer Darcy James Argue and his big band, the Secret Society, have been gathering up awards and critical recognition for several years. Their sole studio CD to date, 2009’s Infernal Machines, is pretty amazing; if you’re anticipating the blaring horns and churning swing of the 1940s, forget it.

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Wadada Leo Smith at the Library of Congress

Vision Festival
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From the the Washington Post:

Mississippi-born jazz composer Wadada Leo Smith has mastered the art of omission, splicing his most dazzling phrases with dramatic pauses and mysterious silences. The 68-year-old’s performance at the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium on Saturday night was elegant, the signature stop-and-go nature of his playing feeling more meditative than herky-jerky.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Vomir – Renonce
Manuscripts Don’t Burn – The Breathing House
Pontiak – Living
Mugstar – Lime
Cyclobe – Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window
Muslimgauze – Uzi Mahmood
Four Flies – Choking on Your Own Blood and Spit
Regard Us Sadly – Self Titled
Alex Durlak – Catalyst
Horchata – Acytota