Thursday, January 19, 2006

minimalist jukebox

Never before in my life have I wished I lived in Los Angeles until I read the information about the upcoming minimalism music festival set to happen in late March. Over the course of two weeks time, festival director and composer John Adams will touch on and perform works from just about every major figure in the movement. From African and Gamelan music to Glenn Branca's electric guitar orchestra to the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing pieces by Terry Riley, Steve Reich, John Cage, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon's Decasia film score, and much much more. Sure, in order to go to all these performances you might break your own bank in the process, but it'd be worth it.

In a groundbreaking first by a major orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents a wide-ranging survey of Minimalism. Under the watchful ear of Festival Director John Adams, Minimalist Jukebox reflects on where we've been, the current state of the art, and things to come. Run Minimalism's musical gamut from African drums to Branca’s electric guitars, from Riley, Glass and Reich to Andriessen, Pärt and Adams himself. Open your ears and expand your mind.

Steve Reich - Nagoya Marimbas
Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians: Section VIII


At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard for me to take minimalism serious after South Park made fun of Philip Glass and the minimalism movement....but cool to find someone who is big into it.

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes! Very true. After watching South Park I find it hard to take Jewish, gay or handicap people seriously.

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minimalist Jukebox Festival: March 18th-April 02nd

Sat. March 18th 11:59-6am: The Orb in an all night concert with visual arts and ground-breaking music.
Mon, March 20th 8pm: Featuring Jennings String Quartet and Riley In C.
Wed, March 29th 8pm: Special Event with Hallucination City
Thurs, March 30th 8pm: Piano Spheres
*Tickets only $10 on select dates.

At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

festival has been incredible - especially reich last saturday and meredith monk last night. I am going to a show everyday this week until the finale saturday night conducted by adams...I will enjoy for those who dont live in the city of angels

At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The works of art pictured are not minimalism. They are conceptual works, perhaps influenced superficially by minimalism, that were meant to critique art as commodity. They are just canvases painted black and framed, only art by virtue of being displayed and expensive. They sold like hot cakes in the'80's. I wish I could remember who made them.

And yes! South Park has refuted minimalism, and all the mountains of criticism surrounding it, not to mention undone the enormous impact it had on our culture. No wonder pictorial painting is making a come back. Those damn animators.


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