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Moderno Gustavo

May 4, 2010

Just back from the last Green Umbrella concert of the season at Disney Hall. All vigorous pieces by white males born between 1967-79. I’m proud of the LA Phil for supporting young composers–there have been pieces by composers 40 and younger on most of their new music concerts. For me, none of the pieces were […]

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I loved Glass’ work in Koyaanisqatsi. Music is foreground; hand in glove with the imagery. Some of his other film scores seemed, to me, heavy handed: imposing themselves on the scenes rather than providing underscore. Philip Glass’ score for THE ILLUSIONIST is his best yet. The harmonies are fresh; the melodies are new; the textures […]

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J & M ignored my Scrooge attitude about Christmas and gifted me the complete set of remixed and remastered Beatles in stereo. Daniel got the flash drive version. I opened each beautifully-made fold-out CD, ripped it onto my computer and watched the little 3-5 minute video that comes with each disc. The music sounds terrific. […]

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I watched the two-hour documentary on Philip Glass this weekend called GLASS: Portrait in 12 parts. It’s a terrific look inside one of America’s most successful composers. The amount of work he has done in his life is stunning: operas, symphonies, film scores, concertos, chamber music, piano music. He confesses to getting up early in […]

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I have a confession to make: I didn’t care much for Rufus Wainwright’s last album “Release the Stars.” With some time between and some Rufus vacation, I returned to the music, able to listen again with fresh ears. Much of the RELEASE music is on the live album, “Milwaukee at Last” just released as a […]

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WeeDS music for Season 4

August 13, 2009

Despite having the same composer duo as seasons 1-3, someone’s wings got clipped in season 4. As I study the credits on IMDB.com, the music figure gone after season three seems to be the music supervisor, Gary Calamar. Was it actually Calamar’s vision that made seasons 2 and 3 so terrific? I don’t know the […]

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I have become “hooked” on the TV series, WEEDS from Showtime. (I have enjoyed the extended viewing afforded by renting the DVDs.) All of us old folkies grinned hearing the show’s adapted theme song, “Little Boxes” sung, not by Pete Seeger, from whom we heard it first, […]

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A raw, angry, and provocative must-see interview from XXXXX, music critic of many publications, who has seen the need for and income from his reviews plummet. Bloggers (I guess, like me, although I have no plans of replacing a music critic: they’d have to pay me to do that) are doing it for free. It’s […]

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Culture and catching up

April 19, 2009

On Wednesday I went to the opening of BELOVED UPON A TIME, a full length musical at Royce Hall with music by one our our graduate students, Adam Gilberti, who rose to the occasion a produced a wonderful set of songs. Having trouble sitting for long periods of times these days I only stayed for […]

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Cirque-Beatles: LOVE

January 12, 2009

This past weekend, Daniel and I sat in the front row of Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production of LOVE – an acrobatic fantasy based around the music of the Beatles. I was in heaven: I sang along with every shred of music that went by. The 50-something guy sitting next to me drank Scotch […]

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