a great playlist of early-70s psychedelia from 3rd Eye Sounds
Composer Julia Wolfe’s Big Beautiful Dark and Scary was written in response to her experience witnessing the 9-11 tragedy, standing two blocks away from the Twin Towers as the planes hit them along with her two young children. The piece was written in 2002 for amplified sextet: clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion, piano, electric guitar, cello and double bass. Gargantuan slabs of tone clusters hover and fuss, then begin their brutal climb, ascending in pitch, intensity and volume. Continue reading Julia Wolfe :: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary
On January 27, 1965, composer Steve Reich premiered his piece It’s Gonna Rain in San Francisco. The piece consists of the manipulation of a taped recording of Brother Walter, a charismatic Pentecostal preacher in Union Square. Brother Walter’s fire and brimstone sermon begins to mutate into echoes of itself forming a constantly changing, pulsing canon made of human speech woven into an interlocking rhythm. Continue reading Steve Reich :: It’s Gonna Rain
A fantastic 4 hour program of tunes ranging from Bluegrass to Southern Gospel produced by the SBBradio Network.
America. You’re soaking in it. via Mixcloud
We lost Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) yesterday. Saluting and waving goodbye to a talented and influential musician, composer & producer who helped shape an era in rock and popular music.
Here is a clip from the documentary The Wrecking Crew in which Leon’s early days as a session player are remembered:
Leon as part of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen band, 1969 -70
An excerpt from the Homewood Sessions, 1971
Leon & Elton John, performing a song from their album, The Union Pt2, 2012
According to a statement on his website, Leon died in his sleep at his Nashville home November 13, 2016, at the age of 74. He was convalescing from heart surgery in July.
from his 1996 album, Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues
Daniel Bachman, the self-titled new album from the 26 year-old guitar virtuoso firmly plants itself in the grand tradition of the legendary american primitive masters, John Fahey, Jack Rose, Glenn Jones and Robbie Basho. Drones and free-meter, ambient tableaus slowly dematerialize into the sharp-focused, pumping, lock-step guitar patterns woven with shimmering, razor-sharp precision that generally characterize his previous offerings. On DB, Bachman’s experiments with structure and sound incorporate drones and sustained harmonic sonorities into these new pieces, incorporating raga-like passages into his american folk-roots sound. DB is a beautiful and fascinating collectionof pieces which expand upon, and perhaps arguably defy the more straightforward traditionally pretty sound of his previous release, Rivers. Daniel Bachman will be performing at Trans Pecos, in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC on November 22.