Time Spans Festival Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

Along with the master provocateur John Cage, Earle Brown (1926-2002) was a member of the mid-20th-century composers’ collective known as the New York School. Yet while Cage was scabrous about the value of recorded music, preferring to issue books that could accompany his written scores, Brown dove with gusto into the world of LP production, releasing 18 experimental titles on his Contemporary Sound Series, from 1960 to 1973. (The complete set has been reissued on CD by the Wergo label over the last decade.)

Brown’s own music appeared on just three of the Contemporary Sound albums, a signal of his interest in providing other artists with opportunities to be heard. This same generous, exploratory spirit survives him — and was alive in New York last week, during Time Spans, a festival curated by the Earle Brown Music Foundation. Over five nights, it offered pieces by 14 musicians, eight of them relatively young composers who recently participated in the foundation’s tuition-free summer academy.