Steve Reich Performances in DC

American composer Steve Reich performing clapp...

Source: The Washington Post.

Who are the most important living composers? Philip Glass and Steve Reich are often lumped together in people’s minds as the Hertz and Avis of “minimalism,” the maverick musical style that emerged in the 1970s whose hallmark was repeating patterns of notes. But where Glass is a wildly prolific jack-of-all-trades, writing everything from film scores to piano etudes, Reich has a kind of monkish single-mindedness, pursuing his ideas with tenacious focus, so that throughout his oeuvre there is a clear through line leading from one piece to another.

Reich is 81 now, and Wednesday the Library of Congress opened its season with a sensational concert of his music by Ensemble Signal, co-produced by Washington Performing Arts and featuring the East Coast premiere of a work commissioned by a consortium that included both institutions, a piece called “Runner” (2016).

Gianni Mimmo Interview

Source: Gianni Mimmo.

In jazz, but I believe this feeling could be no doubt extended to all the music we know, there is a conservative, almost inevitable tendency towards anthologizing and style definition. A tendency which arranges events along a timeline with the aim to establish unyielding points.

It is an inadequate category, and in many ways a negative one, in particular for music that contains endlessly fertile elements, and generative ones.

In jazz, in the music I know and have studied, what is important from an artistic point of view is the turbulence among the single ideas, their echoing in time in forever diverse and intriguing ways.

From the viewpoint of conventional production, these elements represent a nuisance: jazz festivals have been increasingly subdued onto an anthological and repetitive position.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 24/2017

Gerald Cleaver, jazz drummer, picture taken in...

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Leo Records
Philosopher’s Stone: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Matt Shipp, P/ Nate Wooley, Tpt

Satoko Fujii
Live at Cortez: Satoko Fujii, P/ Keisuke Ohta, Vln, Vo/ Natsuki Tamura, Tpt/ Takashi Itani, Dr, Perc

Jason Rigby
One: Jason Rigby, Ts, Ss/ Cameron Brown, B/ Gerald Cleaver, Dr

Najwa: Leo Smith, Tpt/ Michael Gregory Jackson, G/ Henry Kaiser, G/ Brandon Ross, G/ Lamar Smith, G/ Bill Laswell, El B/ Pheeroan Aklaff, D/ Adam Rudolph, Perc

Reflections and Meditations on Monk: Leo Smith, Solo Tpt

Mark Zaleski
Days Months Years: Mark Zaleski as, Ss, Bass/ Jon Bean, Ts/ Glenn Zaleski, P/ Mark Cocheo, G/ Oscar Suchanek, Dr/ Danny Weller, B

Leo Records
Octagon: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Nate Wooley, Tpt/ Brandon Lopez, B/ Gerald Cleaver, Dr

Brussels: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Matt Shipp, P

Startlingly Fresh
Just Sayin: Poet Duke Way with Various Musicians

Eric Plaks
Sun and Shadow: Eric Plaks, P/ John Murchison, B/ Leonid Galaganov, Dr

Jeff Pearring
True Story: Jeff Pearring, as/ Connnie Crothers, P/ Ken Filiano, B/ Carlo Costa, Dr

Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg

Mike Bisio
Row for William O: Mike Bisio, B/ Kirk Knuffke, Cornet