Archive for January, 2007

Steve Reich’s Variations

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

You Are Variations is now one of my favorite Steve Reich pieces. Reich has been moving more and more towards pieces that say something explicitly. And what You Are has to say really gets to me. The words to the first part of the piece are “You Are Where Your Thoughts Are,” which to me […]

Reich in Los Angeles

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I’ve been listening a lot to Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. Well, that’s not exactly a new thing since it was the soundtrack to my life a couple years back. I’ve probably spent more time listening to it than any other single piece of music. And like any great piece of music, it returns […]

Organ Intervention

Friday, January 26th, 2007

The new Arcade Fire stuff sounds really great. The five tracks that I’ve heard are pretty stellar and varied. I highly doubt I won’t like the album. Saw them at Coachella two years ago and suddenly it seems like a good idea to go this year and see them again. Intervention could be their new […]

Green Umbrella: John Adams

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

It is often said that John Adams is the most beloved contemporary composer in America. Well, it’s especially true in LA, where he is a regular at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He curated last year’s Minimalist Jukebox series. He wrote his Naive and Sentimental Music dedicated to and premiered by Esa Pekka Salonen, the LA […]

Save the Date

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Sometimes life isn’t fair. All last year I’ve been waiting to go see Inara George’s new group The Bird and The Bee. I made a mental note that she was playing the Troubadour with Mike Andrews. Great, among my favorite local artists who are starting to have some national presence. Bird and the Bees – The Bird […]