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Boulez is really good. That is true. I don’t know, that really is a hard question. I personally like melody and harmony, and today’s composers seem to disagree with my feelings haha It’s hard for me to listen to a lot of music that’s coming out today and enjoy it as much as a great melody. I really like Gorecki, from Poland. I haven’t heard as much stuff from him as I’d like, but what I have heard I’ve really enjoyed.
Who do you think is the greatest living composer- in any genre?
Early music is really pretty amazing. I like Palestrina a lot. It’s harder for me to get into the Serialists or the Twelve Tone guys, but I’m working on it. haha
Yeah, as soon as I graduate down here in the Spring of ’08, I’ll be moving to Jersey so I can commute into the city to work. I’m just trying to see if I’ll possibly know anybody else up there.
The piece is going alright. Unfornately I’m having to work on it while taking classes this summer, so it’s not going as great as it could be. I really enjoy the Romantic/Late Romantic composers the most. Mahler, Richard Strauss and actually Leonard Bernstein are probably my top 3 favorites. Yourself?
I hear ya. Sometimes it’s nice to put Mahler down and listen to a little Hendrix or something haha
I think it definitely would. People are always looking for more ways to get their music out there.
I actually just found them while I was browsing around ON Myspace haha My favorite band ever is The Frames (they’re the biggest band in Ireland right now), so I was searching for some other great bands in Europe and I guess I stumbled upon all these groups. Most of them are friends with each other, which is pretty interesting. What about you? Any favorite groups or anything?
That would be awesome to have a way to share our projects. Maybe they can figure out a way to do so?
1) Wibutee- (pronounced wee-booty) They blend Electronica and Jazz pretty well. They also use some interesting instrumentation (they use Melodica a lot)
2) Kobert- these guys are very jazz influenced but I can’t even explain their style. It’s just really cool, check it out.
3) Fattigfolket – they’re from all kinds of different places including Norway. They stick to a mostly jazzy style, but again; it’s all about atmosphere, mood and tension and release. Very cool sax playing.
4) Damp – they are mostly experimental, but it does have a healthy jazz element as well.
My favorites are definitely In the Country and Kobert. Hope you enjoy!
So far I’ve only begun work on setting "Slow Lament". It’s really got some interesting text, and within the text I find there are a lot of natural rhythms and cadences. It should be a lot of fun! I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the 2nd poem of the 3-poem set, but I know for a fact I will close the piece with Number 17 from the collection "Morning". It’s incredible work.
I haven’t listened to him a WHOLE lot, but from what I have listened to it’s been easy to understand how he influenced a whole generation of players. You can definitely hear his influence on everybody from Chris Potter to Kenny Garrett and everyone in between. From what I’ve heard, he was also a great guy; the total package. The jazz community will definitely miss him.