A thoughtful, discerning, and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of May in New York City.
I dont think its possible to gauge even the approximate extent to which we take electricity for granted. Many of us take vacations where we unplug from the digital world, but still have lights to turn on. We can go camping, and even do so with our phones turned off (do we actually leave them behind?), or any GPS device. But the last time civilization as a whole contemplated a world without electricity was during the murmuring panic about Y2K, which was a dud everywhere except for our bizarre imaginations.
You could say that Noah Creshevsky sits at the crossroads of the world. He lives in a comfortable apartmentwhere he keeps his composition studioa short walk from Times Square, and his music and compositional career are an intersection for several important directions for music, old and new, high and low, traditional and technological.
10 Listens is a music review series where Michael Durek listens to an album at least 10 times, taking notes along the way: the aim is to give a comprehensive picture of an album.
Whether or not you can get past the florid language, Kunderas point is to question musics place in the noise-filled modern world. Of course, the same noise of modernity that Kundera laments has inspired countless composers, who have sought to make of it a music for their own time.
What really does happen when a sewing machine encounters an umbrella on an operating table? I cant say for sure though I have my ideas. But I can tell you what happens when a sewing machine encounters a piano and violin in a performance space.