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Diary of a Mad Composer

When I was at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, there were times when I went to my composition lesson with Conrad Susa, we would sit down, and Conrad would look at me and say, “don’t you just get sick of music?”

Highly Selective Listings

Brooklyn Rail Highly Selective Music Events

A thoughtful, discerning, and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of November in New York City.

In Conversation

CARLOS FORSTER with Adam Klein

Carlos Forster creates arresting, visceral music in the tradition of songwriters who’ve gone mad—he is frequently compared to Nick Drake and Brian Wilson.

Timur and the Dime Museum at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

For three consecutive nights in September, BAM showcased the Los Angeles band Timur and the Dime Museum as part of the Fall 2015 Next Wave Festival. The group was presenting the New York debut of its hour-long concert program Collapse, which came with the intimidating subtitle “A Post-Ecological Requiem.”

Blueblut’s Hurts So Gut

If Clara Rockmore was the Yo-Yo Ma of the theremin, then Pamelia Stickney is its Jimi Hendrix.

The Shape of Jazz's Past to Come: Kamasi Washington's The Epic

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The Hypnotic Harmonies of Low

On the same late-September evening that Pope Francis arrived in New York City, the Minnesota-based indie rock band Low made an appearance at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of its newest album, Ones and Sixes, released earlier in the month on Sub Pop.


I’ve helped fuel my bad reputation that I hate vocalists and prefer singers. When asked what I mean, I give the Billie/Ella equation, or explain: Bessie Smith’s a singer, Sarah Vaughn’s a vocalist.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2015

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