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Philip Glass Speaks Out

It’s been two years since we produced a concert here in Berkeley to celebrate Philip Glass’s birthday, featuring his frequent collaborators Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. Today there’s a nice article today in the New York Times about Philip Glass, examining the perspective of this seminal minimalist as his composing career reaches the 50-year […]

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MUSIC IN AMERICA: Little Walter

The great singer and harmonica blues legend Little Walter is discussed just 18 months after his death in Chicago at age 37 and presented by Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz. Louisiana-born Marion Walter Jacobs (1930-1968) came to be known as the Charlie Parker or Jimi Hendrix of his instrument, the harmonica. He revolutionized its use […]

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“The Pressure” is on at the SF Chronicle

Check out Leah Garchik’s SF Chronicle write up about Brian Baumbusch’s new “horroratorio” The Pressure. The Pressure is a tale of gothic horror told in music, harking back to world of German expressionist silent film­­–a story straight from the Twilight Zone. A snake oil peddler comes to town – a town suffering from painful barometric pressure […]

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The Heaven Ladder & other works for piano by Terry Riley; Gloria Cheng & Terry Riley

Grammy Award winning pianist Gloria Cheng teams up with the father of minimalism, Terry Riley, for a recital of Riley’s music. Gloria Cheng has a decades long relationship with Terry Riley’s music. In 1995 she gave the west coast premiere of his masterpiece, The Heaven Ladder, Book VII, and made the world premiere recording shortly […]

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