Archive for June, 2008

Calm Ivan

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Ivan Colon (myspace) is a singer/songwriter type of the folky/Sufjian Stevens mold. If you like Stevens (and I suspect you do), Colon should do something for you as well. I know little of the man except that he’s from Redlands, California and likes to eat large quantities of cherries. Oh yeah, and he has an […]

Reasons Why I Like Camille

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Why do I like Camille (official website), French songstress…let me count the ways: 1. Camille is f-ing good. She has that nice ingenue voice that Mariah Carey perfected. 2. Camille is French. That’s not necessarily something good since my perception of French pop is that if it isn’t danceable or ambient or classic, then it’s […]

Two to Tango

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Astor Piazzolla is the guy most associated with the musical style Tango. As with much of musical exploration, my exposure to him came from watching film, in my case the Carlos Saura film Tango. Piazzolla’s music is featured in the movie as well as original music by a pianist composer who played with Piazzolla, Lalo […]

Dammit!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

24 Season Two: The Musical is from the guys who brought us Silence: The Musical.  Now, I’m not necessarily a musical theatre person, but this hilarious send-up of 24 is irresistible to anyone familiar with the show, especially season two. Composers Jon & Al Kaplan even make use of the show’s themes composed by Sean […]

Los Angeles Philharmonic 2008/2009

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Every year the LA Phil commissions new works, which is one of the most important aspects of keeping musical tradition alive. No new works=fossilization of old ones. Let’s take a look at some of the new commissions from their next season. January 10: Arvo Part premiering a new work for string orchestra. That’s fitting since […]