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Lee Ranaldo discusses his 13 favorite albums

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Lee’s favorite albums include Glenn Branca, Sibylle Baier, Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and more.

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So Percussion’s ‘Where (we) live’ shows that John Cage is hard to emulate

Source: The Washington Post » Music

“My kid could do that.” It’s the stereotypical comment of the Philistine to contemporary art — like the paintings of Jackson Pollock, or the music of John Cage. The best response to that is usually, “Let’s see” — whereupon, it becomes clear that a kid cannot, in fact, do that. Pollock’s virtuosic loopy drips and splashes dominate the canvas in a way an untrained hand can’t emulate. And Cage’s chance processes and juxtaposed phenomena have a kind of ascetic purity that’s a far cry from getting up on stage and doing whatever the hell you want.

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Percussionist Ian Rosenbaum impresses at Phillips Collection

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Concert pieces for solo percussion aren’t the novelties they were 20 or so years ago, but whole solo percussion recitals are still rare. Ian Rosenbaum, only the second solo percussionist the Phillips Collection has featured in its 72 years of weekly concerts, brought a sort of repertoire overview to his program on Sunday, and its variety was impressive. To say that a piece by John Cage was the afternoon’s most conventional-sounding might put the rest of the program in perspective.

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Review: Teshigawara at Kennedy Center

Source: The Washington Post » Music

It’s with a sinking feeling that I read program notes about “conscience methodology” and “social-psychological restrictions.” When there’s also a strained, rambling poem on the page, written by the choreographer, I know I’m in for it. But with all that in hand, I still wasn’t expecting quite the level of punishment that Saburo Teshigawara/KARAS dealt out in its evening-length piece “Mirror and Music,” which the Japanese troupe performed Thursday at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.

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