“The Rite of Spring” served up 3 ways:  shaken, straight up, and blended (c/o Ojai, Pacific Symphony, and UCI)
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“The Rite of Spring” served up 3 ways: shaken, straight up, and blended (c/o Ojai, Pacific Symphony, and UCI)

At the opening talk of this year’s Ojai Music Festival last Thursday, Ara Guzelimien (Provost & Dean of The Julliard School and former Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival) astutely observed that The Rite of Spring has become big business.  What used to scare audiences now regularly packs houses.  With all of the buzz surrounding … Continue reading

And now for something completely different:  a chronological cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”
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And now for something completely different: a chronological cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”

Mad props to the esteemed Brian Lauritzen for unearthing this gem.  As he says, it’s better than the original.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with the audio — it’s supposed to be like that, you’ll see. (Oh, and if you’re wondering what the original is like, click HERE) Continue reading

An atypical pairing of good music
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An atypical pairing of good music

Saw links to the two videos below via Twitter earlier today, and I felt compelled to share both of them here.  If they seem like an unlikely match — well, what can I say, I have diverse tastes in music. The first is Ligeti’s “Hungarian Rock (Chaconne),” originally written for harpsichord but arranged here for … Continue reading

The English Beat is still ranking full stop after all these years
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The English Beat is still ranking full stop after all these years

“Iconic” is a term that can get bandied about willy-nilly, especially when it comes to artists of the various genres of popular music.  When it comes to the 1980’s 2-Tone ska movement, however, it is a word that justifiably applies to Dave Wakeling, leader of The English Beat. Together with Madness and The Specials, The … Continue reading

Twitter: where Esa-Pekka Salonen and The Rite Offspring (?!) coexist
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Twitter: where Esa-Pekka Salonen and The Rite Offspring (?!) coexist

For the longest time when it came to Twitter, I fought the power.  I thought it served best as a source of comedic fodder for late night talk shows and their friends (e.g. how could anything ever top this brilliance?  I gained a newfound respect for Josh Groban after seeing it). I finally jumped into … Continue reading

The not-quite-sure-if-it’s-public domain:  Prokofiev, Joy Division, and confusion over who can do what for how much money
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The not-quite-sure-if-it’s-public domain: Prokofiev, Joy Division, and confusion over who can do what for how much money

I recently finished jury duty, and I’ve been in a bit of a jurisprudential kinda mood ever since. Given all of the recent brouhaha about SOPA (and yes, it was definitely a brouhaha — not a kerfuffle and much bigger than a hubbub), I’m a bit surprised that there hasn’t been more discussion in the classical … Continue reading

But if you want me to go, you should just say so
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But if you want me to go, you should just say so

Got a pleasant surprise in my inbox this morning: an email from the Los Angeles Philharmonic saying that Bob Mould and some special guests, including Dave Grohl and Ben Gibbard, would be appearing at Walt Disney Concert Hall in November. Wait. Bob Mould, Dave Grohl, Ben Gibbard, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, … Continue reading

Rodrigo y Gabriela (et al) at the Hollywood Bowl
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Rodrigo y Gabriela (et al) at the Hollywood Bowl

A near-capacity crowd filled the Hollywood Bowl to the brim this past Saturday night.  Gustavo Dudamel was in the house,  along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and some other folks.  But for once, the crowd was not really there to see The Dude.  Sure, there were a few screams of “We love you, Gustavo!” but … Continue reading