Cowell’s Piano Concerto at Symphony Mavericks Festival Reviewed

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From San Jose Mercury News:

Cowell completed the concerto in 1928, but didn’t live to see its first complete performance in the United States; that took place in 1978. It’s a wild work, with much of the solo part built around tone clusters — slabs of contiguous notes, generally hewing to the piece’s larger dimensions, its harmonic contours. Look it up on YouTube or CD; existing performances aren’t all that gratifying, often sounding like harsh, paint-splashed clobberings.

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Umbrella Music Through April 1

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Mar 14
Blonk/Bishop/Mallozzi/Rosaly
The Hideout

Mar 15
Blonk/Bishop/Jackson/Roebke
Elastic

Mar 18
SET I: Blaser/Avey Duo
SET II: Nick Mazzarella Quartet
Hungry Brain

Mar 21
Throne of the House of Good and Evil
The Hideout

Mar 22
Jason Roebke Octet
Elastic

Mar 25
SET I:
SET II: Jason Stein Quartet
Hungry Brain

Mar 28
Baker/Abrams/Ra
The Hideout

Mar 29
Hill/Ward/Vinsel/Sirota
Elastic

Apr 01
Ballister
Hungry Brain