Chicago improvisers Tim Daisy and Matt Piet have responded to the challenges of COVID by learning new ways to record alone.
Tag: Morton Feldman
John Cage’s treasures are hiding in plain sight
The largest single archive devoted to influential experimental composer John Cage lives in a library at Northwestern—and it goes a lot deeper than its famous Beatles lyric sheets.
Two Chicago pianists perform a pair of rarely heard masterpieces by Morton Feldman
Despite its profound and ongoing influence across a wide spectrum of musicians, the work of composer Morton Feldman is rarely performed in Chicago. That dearth can be explained in part by the durational intensity of many of his greatest works—which often clock in at more than an hour, and demand intense concentration and focus from […]
David Grubbs on the meaning of records
David Grubbs on why the experimental music of the 1960s was so rarely recorded at the time—and what changes when we listen to it today.
In Rotation: Composer Marcos Balter on contemporary-classical covers of Kreayshawn and Kesha
Current musical obsessions of composer Marcos Balter and Ensemble dal Niente saxophonist Ryan Muncy
A new box set gives experimental composer David Tudor his due
A new box set recognizes experimental composer David Tudor’s pioneering work with electronics and indeterminacy.
Discovering the early avant-garde sounds of eclectic composer Joseph Byrd
A terrific new collection of early works by the eclectic American composer Joseph Byrd, who founded the late 60s psychedelic rock band United States of America, has been released by New World Records.
Eighth Blackbird does less and more
Eighth Blackbird celebrates musical minimalism and maximalism this weekend at the MCA.
A new direction for Viennese electronica kingpin Patrick Pulsinger
A live quartet recording featuring Austrian electronica whiz Patrick Pulsinger pays tribute to Morton Feldman
The ascent of the International Contemporary Ensemble
Chicago-born group brings youthful energy and genre-bending sensibilities to classical music
Best of 2008, part two
My 40 favorite albums of 2008, continued: number 30 through number 21.