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As previously mentioned, some pretty rad new music has been coming through my feeds/inbox/earholes this week. First up is adventurous pianist and wcfsymphony collaborator Conor Hanick with a recent performance of Stems by Alex Mincek.

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Hearing some great new tunes, will be sharing … 
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Hearing some great new tunes, will be sharing … 

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Tumblr tennis with jkottke! The other day Jason posted a video of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase, as performed by a single overdubbed percussionist [rather than a pair of pianists as is called for in the score]. Here are two more versions of the piece – the above by master music visualizer Alexander Chen, and the first-ever performance of Piano Phase by a single pianist, Rob Kovacs, from 2004:

My own recent encouter with the music of Steve Reich is here.

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Uh oh … looks like the Weinberger woodwind dynasty may be coming to an end!

[Photos from this weekend’s special outdoor edition of the wcfsymphony Instrument Petting Zoo]

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Anyone else on a Sylvan Esso bender?

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Yet another installment in Why I Despise [Most] Classical Music Agents. Consider yourself fortunate I spared you the rest of the mindless form email.

For what it’s worth I would be fine with a blunder like this if it were simply an honest mistake, but it’s clearly the result of a formulaic, depersonalized approach to ‘representing’ artists that is regrettably all too common in the biz.

Also: This email was unsolicited, I never subscribed to the agent’s email list, and there was no unsubscribe link.

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Here is something you don’t come across every day: A concert tribute to Edgar Varèse hosted by Frank Zappa. A remarkably clean archival recording of the April 17, 1981 concert was recently unearthed over at WNYC:

Was this… could this be… the legendary 1981 tribute to Varèse at New York City’s Palladium? The concert famously hosted by Frank Zappa [a longtime Varèse fanatic] and performed by Joel Thome’s Orchestra of Our Time, bootlegs of which had been circulating for decades?

Indeed it was: a complete, pristine recording of a remarkable show that has not been forgotten by those who participated or attended – a ‘curious but appropriate meeting of music and milieu,’ as the New York Times put it [mildly]. When else has there been a concert of decidedly uncompromising music been performed in a 3000-seat rock venue for an enthusiastic, young audience?

The program consisted of Ionisation, Density 21.5, Intégrales, Offrandes, and Déserts.

For a bit of perspective, turn to Alan Rich’s review for New York Magazine of what he termed a ‘ludicrous, self-serving carnival’:

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