15 February 2014, I traveled into Austin, TX to see a concert at the Ballet Austin Academy. One of new music for piano, I was thoroughly impressed. Pianist R. Andrew Lee put on an impressive and thought-provoking performance, and left me syphoning through my own emotions and reactions to the sounds he produced.
The point is: he rocked.
In a time where the bell curve of new music’s popularity is favorable more and more, Andrew Lee gave us all another reason to open ourselves up to good music. I am such a late-bloomer when it comes to opening my ears to the macro-genre of “new music.” In college, I could not wait to be done listening to Pärt, Cage, Schoenberg (yes, not a minimalist, but in college he fell under my “WTF” category as well) or others who seemingly “threw” notes on a page, and called it music. (more…)
This is always fun. Here are my 12 favorite artists/album/songs/pieces of music that have helped define 2013 for me.
Another year in Texas, the first full one, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found I’m good at other things, my interests have changed dramatically, and I bought a violin. I cannot play it well. So, that.
1. Gabriel Kahane makes my list every year. Or every day. Everything, really. I had devoured his Craiglistlieder song cycle, February House musical, and his second album Where Are the Arms, among other gems along the way. I only THIS year listened to his FIRST self-titled album, from 2008. **head.desk.** (more…)