Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL continues up to Saturday’s ‘Best of the Fest’ finale. ROBERT ASKINS’ HAND TO GOD opens at the Western Stage. FILM ACTOR JEFF BRIDGES brings his music to Monterey. CABRILLO FESTIVAL presents new music by upcoming composers and conductors next Tuesday. SWEET JAZZ @ EMBASSY Sunday in Seaside. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR

THE LANGUAGE OF LIGHT

A TWO-SESSION WORKSHOP on how to light a performance event will be held at the World Theater on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay this Thursday, a collaboration of World Theater, the Digital Media Foundation, and ETC. For information and registration click HERE 

HOW ALGORITHMS ARE CHANGING AUDIENCE TASTE

BOTH EXCITING and disturbing. Click HERE 

SAINT JUNÍPERO SERRA

THE POPE’S ELEVATION TO SAINTHOOD made Serra’s Carmel Mission Basilica resting place a pilgrim destination, meaning more income for it and, at long last, cushioned seating to soften; the penitentially hard benches. Is “thank God” the right etiquette? At least Bach Festival audiences can now sit in relative comfort.

IN MARYLAND IT MUST BE THE WATER

MARIN ASLSOP’S Baltimore Symphony is on the verge of bankruptcy and Bethesda’s National Philharmonic just went out of business. Yet one of the most prestigious music schools in the nation, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, continues to crank out great composers and performing musicians several of whom have appeared at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

MEET ORLIŃSKI

THE NEW YORKER has a story of how the Polish tenor Jakub Józef Orliński became an overnight YouTube phenomenon, with 3.6 million hits for his debut video. Apparently he never expected to be filmed and turned up hung over and supercasual.

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

THE SOUND OF SCIENCE presents eight exciting and unique pieces of music by seven celebrated composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, each performed by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, longtime member of Kronos Quartet, cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson, among others. From West African storytelling and collaborations with Herbie Hancock to radioactive medical procedures, each composer involved is celebrated for their unfettered originality. The composers self-selected an array of scientific minds which intrigued them musically, and which represent a range of research that has shaped humanity as a whole. All eight new works are inspired by and reflective of the scientist’s practice, and in some cases, even incorporate sounds sourced directly from their research. Representing neuroscientist Kristen Harris, Graham Reynolds’ The Brain uses an A-B-A form that opens with the cello playing a hysterical series of arpeggios at high speed only to give way to pulsing electronica and a haunting, slower-paced cello cantilena middle section. Physicist Marie Curie is represented by Sarah Lipstate’sRadiation in Moderation, a basso ostinato that flatters the cello with its variations. Botanist George Washington Carver is represented by Salumba by Foday Musa Suso, a celebrated griot musician from Gambia; his piece, also A-B-A, the cello’s familiar acoustic voice but then morphs it into a sizzling electronic climax in the B section all above a folk-like pizzicato dancing figure. Astronomer Jill Tarter is represented by Felipe Pérez Santaigo’sQuest; chemist Signe Kjelstrup by Maja SK Ratjke’s mysteriousA Highway in State Space; climatologist Andrew Kruckzkiewicz by Paola Prestini’sFrom the Bones to the Fossils that includes the sounds of splashing water; mathematician Katherine Johnson by Yuka Honda’s obscure Her Confirmation and finally biologist Barry Chernoff by Graham Reynolds Pastaza. The average playing time for these works is about nine minutes. The CD is was recently released at a exceptionally low price on behalf of National Sawdust Tracks, anon-profit in Brooklyn that promotes new music. If you like the adventure of new music as much as I do, go for this one. SM

THE PRETENDER

JACKSON BROWNE in 1976

 

FRESH REVIEWS

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL ‘Main’ Monday and Wednesday concerts. CBF “Songs of the Night.” Click HERE

GOD OF CARNAGE and THE WOLVES. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

CABRILLO FESTIVAL presents NOTORIOUS, featuring the world premiere of Kristin Kuster’s tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsberg and other works by women composers.CONTRASTS, including the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s DANCE for cello and orchestra (see video, top of the page) and music by Du Yun, Jake Heggie and Dan Dediuand, and ROOMFUL OF TEETH, the Grammy-winning vocal octet.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor