Louis Andriessen is a Dutch composer and pianist based in Amsterdam. He is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, he was recipient of the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 1959. Andriessen was born in Utrecht into a musical family, the son of the composer Hendrik Andriessen, brother of composers Jurriaan Andriessen and Caecilia Andriessen, nephew of Willem Andriessen. Andriessen studied with his father and Kees van Baaren at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, before embarking upon two years of study with Italian composer Luciano Berio in Milan and Berlin, he joined the faculty of the Royal Conservatory. See: List of music students by teacher: A to B#Louis Andriessen. In 1969 Andriessen co-founded STEIM in Amsterdam, he helped found the instrumental groups Orkest de Volharding and Hoketus, both of which performed compositions of the same names. He became involved in the ongoing Schonberg and Asko ensembles and inspired the formation of the British ensemble Icebreaker. Andriessen, a widower, was married to guitarist Jeanette Yanikian.
They were a couple for over 40 years and were married in 1996. Andriessen's early works show experimentation with various contemporary trends: post war serialism and tape, his reaction to what he perceived as the conservatism of much of the Dutch contemporary music scene moved him to form a radically alternative musical aesthetic of his own. Since the early 1970s he has refused to write for conventional symphony orchestras and has instead opted to write for his own idiosyncratic instrumental combinations, which retain some traditional orchestral instruments alongside electric guitars, electric basses, congas. Andriessen's mature music combines the influences of jazz, American minimalism, Igor Stravinsky and Claude Vivier, his harmonic writing eschews the consonant modality of much minimalism, preferring post war European dissonance crystallised into large blocks of sound. Large scale pieces such as De Staat, for example, are influenced by the energy of the big band music of Count Basie and Stan Kenton and the repetitive procedures of Steve Reich, both combined with bright, clashing dissonances.
Andriessen's music is thus anti-Germanic and anti-Romantic, marks a departure from post war European serialism and its offshoots. He has played a role in providing alternatives to traditional performance practice techniques specifying forceful, rhythmic articulations, amplified, non-vibrato, singing. Other notable works include Workers Union, a melodically indeterminate piece "for any loud sounding group of instruments"; the 2011 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for the multimedia opera La Commedia. Rondo Barbaro for piano Sonata for flute and piano Elegy for cello and piano Elegy for double bass and piano Nuit d'été for piano four hands Quartet in two movements for string quartet Séries for 2 pianos Nocturnen for 2 sopranos, orchestra Percosse for flute, trumpet and percussion Prospettive e Retrospettive for piano Trois Pièces for piano left hand Aanloop en sprongen for flute and clarinet in Bb Ittrospezione I for piano 4 hands Joli commentaire for piano 4 hands Paintings for one flutist and one pianist Étude pour les timbres for piano Triplum for guitar Canzone 3 for voice and piano Constructions for a Ballet for orchestra, including Ondine, timbres voor orkest Plain-chant for flute and harp Ittrospezione II for large orchestra Sweet for alto recorder Registers for piano A flower song II for oboe solo A flower song III for violoncello solo Ittrospezione III for 2 pianos and 3 instrumental groups Double for clarinet and piano Ittrospezione III – Fragment tenor saxophone ad libitum, 2 pianos Beatles Songs for female voice and piano Souvenirs d'enfance for piano.
Including amongst others: Nocturne, Allegro Marcato, As you like it, Strawinsky, Rondo opus 1, Étude pour les timbres, dotted quarter note = 70 Rage, rage against the dying of the light for 4 trombones Anachronie I for large orchestra The Garden of Ryoan-gi for 3 electronic organs Worum es ging und worum es geht for orchestra Contra tempus for large ensemble Choralvorspiele for barrel organ Anachronie II for oboe, small orchestra Hoe het is for 52 strings and live electronics Sonate op
Sam Amidon, born Samuel Tear Amidon is an American folk artist. His parents are Mary Alice Amidon, his younger brother, Stefan Amidon, is a professional drummer who performs with The Sweetback Sisters among other groups. Amidon attended The Putney School in Vermont for one year. In 2001, Amidon self-released an album of traditional Irish fiddle instrumentals. Amidon's first album of songs, But This Chicken Proved False Hearted, was made with longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett and was released on the Los Angeles-based electronic label Plug Research, it was reissued on LP in 2015 by Omnivore Recordings. His second album, All Is Well, was produced and mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studios in Iceland and featured orchestral arrangements by Nico Muhly, his third album, I See the Sign, was produced by Sigurðsson and featured multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and orchestral arrangements by Muhly, with guest vocals by Beth Orton. Both albums were released on the Icelandic label/collective Bedroom Community and met with critical acclaim from sources such as Pitchfork, Stylus Magazine and the New York Times, which chose I See the Sign as a top-ten album of 2010.
Amidon's fourth album, Bright Sunny South, produced by Bartlett and Jerry Boys, was released 14 May 2013, his first on Nonesuch Records. His next album, Lily-O, recorded with a band consisting of Ismaily, Bill Frisell, Chris Vatalaro, was released on the same label on 30 September 2014. "A hauntingly beautiful new album" according to the New York Times, PopMatters called it "a thing of beauty and wonder and strong". Amidon's next album, The Following Mountain, will be released in May 2017, again on Nonesuch Records, it will be his first album of original compositions, contrary to his previous work, which reworked existing music. Amidon has appeared as a guest artist on albums by Tune-Yards, Glen Hansard, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Olof Arnalds, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The National’s Grateful Dead Tribute Day Of The Dead, others, he has self-published a book, Notes On The Twitterographer. Amidon tours extensively throughout the US & Canada, Europe and Japan, has appeared at festivals such as End of the Road, Green Man, Lowlands, Solid Sound, Big Ears, Celebrate Brooklyn, The Sydney Festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival, others.
He has become known for freewheeling concert performances with Vatalaro and Ismaily. In 2007 he premiered Muhly's The Only Tune at Carnegie Hall as part of John Adams's In Your Ear festival, he has performed the piece at London’s Roundhouse and Barbican, as well as at Cork’s Safe Harbour festival in collaboration with the Crash Ensemble. Writing about the recorded version of The Only Tune, which appeared on Muhly’s 2008 album Mothertongue, Greil Marcus said, "It’s incalculably spooky, the way the action comes out of nowhere, the way Amidon has prepared you to expect nothing." Between 2002 and 2006, Amidon devised a multimedia program called "Home Alone Inside My Head," consisting of "self-inflicted field recordings," drawn comics, short videos and improvisation. He excerpted the project online and performed it in full at experimental music and art spaces around New York City and Brooklyn and beyond, including NYC’s The Kitchen and MAD Museum, Monkeytown in Brooklyn, the AVA gallery on NYC’s Lower East Side, Cincinnati’s CAC, the Kuhturm Gallery in Leipzig, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.
Amidon has performed as part of the Bedroom Community Whale Watching Tour at The Barbican and Reykjavik’s Harpa concert hall. He has appeared in 2015 and 2016 at the Bon Iver-curated Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin, performing his own music and appearing onstage as guest vocalist with Bon Iver, Richard Reed Parry, parading the grounds of the festival leading a pop-up "Guitarkestra." In September 2016, Amidon hosted a multi-artist tribute to Pete Seeger at Ireland’s National Concert Hall in Dublin, featuring Irish and American artists such as Tommy Sands, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, The Voice Squad, Bell X1 and others. Amidon has done collaborative concerts and mini-tours with artists such as Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Jason Moran, Marc Ribot. In February 2017 he toured as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Pekka Kuusisto, including performances at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Recital Hall, concerts throughout the country. Amidon's parents were members of Bread and Puppet Theater in the 1970s, touring with the group in Europe and living on the Bread and Puppet Farm in Glover, Vermont.
They appeared on the 1977 Nonesuch recording Rivers of Delight with the Word of Mouth Chorus, a classic recording of shape-note / Sacred Harp folk hymns by early American composers. Amidon grew up in Brattleboro, where he sang in the family band with his parents and played fiddle from the age of 3. By 13 he was playing professionally with pianist Thomas Bartlett, a childhood friend, with his brother Stefan, in the contradance band Popcorn Behavior. Inspired by groups such as Wild Asparagus and Nightingale, as well as the traditional Irish fiddlers Martin Hayes and Tommy Peoples, Popcorn Behavior released their first album in 1994 when Amidon and Bartlett were 14 and 13 and Stefan was 10. Keith Murphy joined the group for their third album and the band toured throughout the country, released five albums, were interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered", all while the band members were still in high school; as a teenager, Amidon discovered artists such as Tony Conrad, Albert Ayler, Yo La Tengo, Miles Davis and Don Cherry, as well as reissues of field recordings of the Old Weird Americ such as the Harry Smith Anthology, the Alan
David Byrne is a Scottish-American singer, musician, record producer, actor and filmmaker, a founding member, principal songwriter and lead singer and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads. Byrne has released solo recordings and worked with various media including film, opera and non-fiction, he has received Academy and Golden Globe Awards, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. David Byrne was born on 14 May 1952 in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, the elder of two children born to parents Tom and Emma. Two years after his birth, his parents moved to Canada, settling in Ontario, they moved to the United States, making their home in Arbutus, when Byrne was eight or nine years old. His father worked as an electronics engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, his mother became a teacher. The family had left Scotland in part because work for his father's engineering skills was in short supply, in part because of the tensions in the wider family caused by his parents' "mixed marriage", his father being Catholic and his mother being Presbyterian.
Byrne recounted these events when he appeared on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 on 18 March 2018. Before high school, Byrne knew how to play the guitar and violin, he was rejected from his middle school's choir because they claimed he was "off-key and too withdrawn". From a young age, he had a strong interest in music, his parents say that he would play his phonograph from age three, he learned how to play the harmonica at age five. In his journals, he says, "I was a peculiar young man—borderline Asperger's, I would guess." His father used his electrical engineering skills to modify a reel-to-reel tape recorder so that Byrne could make multi-track recordings. Byrne graduated from Lansdowne High School in southwest Baltimore County, he started his musical career in a high school band called Revelation between 1971 and 1972, he was one half of a duo named Bizadi with Marc Kehoe. Their repertoire consisted of songs such as "April Showers", "96 Tears", "Dancing on the Ceiling" and Frank Sinatra songs.
Byrne attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art before dropping out. He returned to Providence in 1973 and formed a band called the Artistics with fellow RISD student Chris Frantz; the band dissolved in 1974. Byrne moved to New York City in May that year and was joined by Frantz and his girlfriend Tina Weymouth in September. Unable to find a bass player in New York and Byrne persuaded Weymouth to learn to play the bass guitar. Byrne gave her lessons. While working day jobs in late 1974, they were contemplating a band. By January 1975, they were playing together, while still working normal day jobs, they had their first gig in June. Byrne quit his day job in May 1976 and the three-piece band signed to Sire Records in November. Multi-instrumentalist Jerry Harrison joined the band in 1977; the band released eight studio albums before going into hiatus in 1988. Byrne desired to go solo, but it took three years until 1991 to announce that the band was breaking up.
A brief reunion for a single "Sax and Violins" in 1991 occurred before dissolving again. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, when they reunited to play four tracks, including "Psycho Killer" and "Burning Down the House". During his time in the band, Byrne took on outside projects, collaborating with Brian Eno during 1979 and 1981 on the album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, which attracted considerable critical acclaim due to its early use of analogue sampling and found sounds. Following this record, Byrne focused his attention on Talking Heads. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts was re-released for its 25th anniversary in early 2006, with new bonus tracks. In keeping with the spirit of the original album, stems for two of the songs' component tracks were released under Creative Commons licenses and a remix contest site was launched. Rei Momo was the first solo album by Byrne after leaving Talking Heads, features Afro-Cuban, Afro-Hispanic, Brazilian song styles including popular dances including merengue, son cubano, mambo, cha-cha-chá, bomba and charanga.
His third solo album, Uh-Oh, featured a brass section and was driven by catchy tracks such as "Girls on My Mind" and "The Cowboy Mambo". His fourth solo album, titled David Byrne, was a more proper rock record, with Byrne playing most of the instruments on it, leaving percussion for session musicians. "Angels" and "Back in the Box" were the two main singles released from the album. The first one entered the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, reaching No. 24. For his fifth studio effort the emotional Feelings, Byrne employed a brass orchestra called Black Cat Orchestra, his sixth Look into the Eyeball continued the same musical exploration of Feelings, but was compiled of more upbeat tracks, like those found on Uh-Oh. Grown Backwards, released by Nonesuch Records, used orchestral string arrangements, includes two operatic arias as well as a rework of X-Press 2 collaboration "Lazy", he launched a North American and Australian tour with the Tosca Strings. This tour ended with Los Angeles, San Diego and New York shows in August 2005.
He has collaborated with Selena for her 1995 album Dreaming of You with "God's Child" in 1995. Byrne and Eno reunited for his eighth album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, he assembled a band to tour worldwide for the album for a six-month period from late 2008 th
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The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Patrick Carney; the duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson. Friends since childhood and Carney founded the group after dropping out of college. After signing with indie label Alive, they released their debut album, The Big Come Up, which earned them a new deal with Fat Possum Records. Over the next decade, the Black Keys built an underground fanbase through extensive touring of small clubs, frequent album releases and music festival appearances, substantial licensing of their songs, their third album, Rubber Factory, received critical acclaim and boosted the band's profile leading to a record deal with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006.
After self-producing and recording their first four records in makeshift studios, the duo completed Attack & Release in a professional studio and hired producer Danger Mouse, who subsequently became a frequent collaborator with the band. The group's commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which along with its popular single "Tighten Up", won three Grammy Awards, their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band's career, the El Camino Tour. The album and its hit single. In 2014, they released their eighth album, Turn Blue, their first number-one record in the US, Australia. Guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney first met when they were eight or nine years old while living in the same neighborhood of Akron, Ohio. Auerbach and Carney both come from musical backgrounds. Auerbach is the cousin of guitarist Robert Quine, a "veteran of New York's avant-rock scene."
Carney is the nephew of saxophonist Ralph Carney. While attending Firestone High School, they became friends, though they were part of different crowds—Auerbach was captain of the high school soccer team, while Carney was a social outcast. Encouraged by their brothers, the duo began jamming together in 1996, as Auerbach was learning guitar at the time and Carney owned a four-track recorder and a drum set. After graduating, both attended the University of Akron before dropping out. Auerbach attempted to make a living from performing at small bars in town, but realized he would not be able to book shows in other cities without a demo. To record one, he asked for help from Carney, who agreed to provide recording equipment and allow his basement to be used if Auerbach recruited the other musicians. However, none of Auerbach's backing band showed up on the recording date. Instead and Auerbach jammed leading to the duo forming a band in mid-2001. Together, they recorded a six-song demo consisting of "old blues rip-offs and words made up on the spot" with minimal equipment.
After sending the demo to a dozen record labels, they received and accepted an offer in 2002 from a small indie label in Los Angeles called Alive, as it was "the only label that would sign without having to see first". According to an interview on NPR's Fresh Air, the group's name "the Black Keys" came from an artist diagnosed with schizophrenia, Alfred McMoore, that the pair knew. On March 20, 2002, the duo played their first live show at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom and Tavern to an audience of eight people; the band's debut album, The Big Come Up, was recorded in Carney's basement on an 8-track tape recorder in lo-fi and was released in May 2002, three months after they signed to Alive. The album, a mix of eight original tracks and five cover songs, forged a raw blues rock sound for the group. Two tracks, covers of the traditional blues standard "Leavin' Trunk" and The Beatles' song "She Said, She Said", were released as a single on Isota Records; the track "I'll Be Your Man" would be used as the theme song for the HBO series Hung.
In order to help fund a tour and Carney took jobs mowing lawns for a landlord. Despite modest sales for The Big Come Up, it gained a cult following and attracted attention from critics landing the group a record deal with Fat Possum Records. Within days of signing to Fat Possum, the Black Keys completed Thickfreakness, it was recorded in Carney's basement in a single 14-hour session in December 2002, an approach necessitated because the group spent its small advance payment from Fat Possum on rent. The group had recorded sessions with producer Jeff Saltzman in San Francisco but aborted them, as they were unhappy that the results sounded too much like "modern-rock radio". In March 2003, the group played at one of its first music festivals, South by Southwest in Austin, after driving for nearly 24 hours from Akron. Much as they did for the festival and Auerbach spent their early tour days driving themselves from show to show in a 1994 Chrysler van they nicknamed the "Gray Ghost". Thickfreakness received positive reviews from critics.
The record spawned three singles: "Set You Free", "Hard Row", a cover of Richard Berry's "Have Love, Will T
Shawn Colvin is an American singer-songwriter and musician. While Colvin has been a solo recording artist for nearly 30 years, she is best known for her 1997 Grammy-winning song, "Sunny Came Home". Colvin was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, spent her youth in Carbondale and London, Canada, she is the second of four children. She learned to play guitar at the age of 10 and grew up listening to her father's collection of music, which included artists such as Pete Seeger and the Kingston Trio. Colvin moved to Austin, Texas in the mid 1970s and joined a Western swing band called the Dixie Diesels, she entered "the folk circuit in Illinois and Berkeley", California before straining her vocal cords and taking a sabbatical at the age of 24. Colvin relocated to New York City, joining the Buddy Miller Band in 1980 and became involved in the Fast Folk cooperative of Greenwich Village. While participating in off-Broadway shows such as Pump Boys and Dinettes she was featured in Fast Folk magazine, in 1987, producer Steve Addabbo hired her to sing backup vocals on the song "Luka" by Suzanne Vega.
After touring with Vega, Colvin signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and released her debut album Steady On in 1989. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Colvin's second album Fat City was released in 1992 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording, her song "I Don't Know Why" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Pop Vocal category. In 1993 she moved back to Austin and in 1994 released the album Cover Girl. In 1995 Colvin released her album Live 88 a collection of live recordings from 1988. In 1996, Colvin released her album A Few Small Repairs and in 1997 the success of her single "Sunny Came Home" catapulted her into the mainstream after spending four weeks at the number one spot on the Adult Contemporary chart; the song won the 1998 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year. Colvin released the album Holiday Songs and Lullabies in 1998 and in 2001 released another album called Whole New You. In 2004, she released. In 2006, Colvin left Columbia Records and released a 15-song album called These Four Walls on her new label, Nonesuch Records, which featured contributions by Patti Griffin and Teddy Thompson.
In 2009 she released Live, recorded at the jazz club Yoshi's in San Francisco, California. Colvin's eighth studio album, All Fall Down, was released in 2012 and was produced by Buddy Miller at his home studio in Nashville, Tennessee; the album featured guest appearances by Alison Krauss and Jakob Dylan. Colvin published her memoir Diamond in the Rough in 2012. In 2016 she recorded an album with Steve Earle called and Earle. A Few Small Repairs was reissued in 2017, including its first pressing on vinyl, for its twentieth anniversary. Colvin has made vocal contributions to songs by James Taylor, Béla Fleck, Edwin McCain, Shawn Mullins and Elliott Murphy and collaborated with Sting on the song "One Day She'll Love Me". Colvin voiced Rachel Jordan, Ned Flanders' love interest after Maude is killed, in the Simpsons episode "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" on February 13th, 2000. and lent her vocals to Mary Chapin Carpenter's 1992 recordings, "The Hard Way" and "Come On Come On". Colvin has been married twice, first to Simon Tassano in 1993 whom she divorced in 1995, to photographer Mario Erwin, whom she married in 1997 and divorced in 2002.
She gave birth to daughter Caledonia in July 1998. Colvin resides in Texas. Steady On Fat City Cover Girl A Few Small Repairs Holiday Songs and Lullabies Whole New You These Four Walls Shawn Colvin Live All Fall Down Uncovered Colvin and Earle with Steve Earle The Starlighter Music In High Places - Live In Bora Bora Polaroids: A Video Collection Official website
John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer, music theorist and philosopher. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, he was instrumental in the development of modern dance through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, Cage's romantic partner for most of their lives. Cage is best known for his 1952 composition 4′33″, performed in the absence of deliberate sound; the content of the composition is not "four minutes and 33 seconds of silence," as is assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance. The work's challenge to assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience made it a popular and controversial topic both in musicology and the broader aesthetics of art and performance. Cage was a pioneer of the prepared piano, for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces.
The best known of these is Interludes. His teachers included Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951; the I Ching, an ancient Chinese classic text on changing events, became Cage's standard composition tool for the rest of his life. In a 1957 lecture, Experimental Music, he described music as "a purposeless play", "an affirmation of life – not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but a way of waking up to the life we're living". Cage was born September 1912, at Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown Los Angeles, his father, John Milton Cage Sr. was an inventor, his mother, Lucretia Harvey, worked intermittently as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times. The family's roots were American: in a 1976 interview, Cage mentioned that George Washington was assisted by an ancestor named John Cage in the task of surveying the Colony of Virginia.
Cage described his mother as a woman with "a sense of society", "never happy", while his father is best characterized by his inventions: sometimes idealistic, such as a diesel-fueled submarine that gave off exhaust bubbles, the senior Cage being uninterested in an undetectable submarine. John Milton Sr. taught his son that "if someone says'can't' that shows you what to do." In 1944 -- 45 Cage wrote two small character pieces dedicated to his parents: Dad. The latter is a short lively piece that ends abruptly, while "Crete" is a longer melodic contrapuntal work. Cage's first experiences with music were from private piano teachers in the Greater Los Angeles area and several relatives his aunt Phoebe Harvey James who introduced him to the piano music of the 19th century, he received first piano lessons when he was in the fourth grade at school, but although he liked music, he expressed more interest in sight reading than in developing virtuoso piano technique, was not thinking of composition. During high school, one of his music teachers was Fannie Charles Dillon.
By 1928, Cage was convinced that he wanted to be a writer. He graduated that year from Los Angeles High School as a valedictorian, having in the spring given a prize-winning speech at the Hollywood Bowl proposing a day of quiet for all Americans. "By being hushed and silent, he said,'we should have the opportunity to hear what other people think'," anticipating 4′33″ by more than thirty years. Cage enrolled at Pomona College in Claremont as a theology major in 1928. Crossing disciplines again, though, he encountered at Pomona the work of artist Marcel Duchamp via professor José Pijoan, of writer James Joyce via Don Sample, of philosopher Ananda Coomaraswamy and of Cowell. In 1930 he dropped out, having come to believe that "college was of no use to a writer" after an incident described in the 1991 autobiographical statement: I was shocked at college to see one hundred of my classmates in the library all reading copies of the same book. Instead of doing as they did, I went into the stacks and read the first book written by an author whose name began with Z.
I received the highest grade in the class. That convinced me. I left. Cage persuaded his parents that a trip to Europe would be more beneficial to a future writer than college studies, he subsequently sailed to Le Havre, where he took a train to Paris. Cage stayed in Europe for some 18 months. First he studied Gothic and Greek architecture, but decided he was not interested enough in architecture to dedicate his life to it, he took up painting and music. It was in Europe that, encouraged by his teacher Lazare Lévy, he first heard the music of contemporary composers and got to know the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, which he had not experienced before. After several months in Paris, Cage's enthusiasm for America was revived after he read Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass – he wante
Tyondai Adaien Braxton is an American composer and musician. He has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively under various group titles and collectives since the mid-1990s, including in the art rock group Battles from its formation in 2002 until his departure from the group in 2010. Raised in Connecticut and Northern California, Braxton studied composition at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut with Robert Carl, Ingram Marshall, Ken Steen. In late 2002, Braxton co-founded Battles, in which, until 2010, he performed as guitarist and singer; the group received worldwide acclaim for their debut album Mirrored, among other honors and awards, was hailed by Time and Pitchfork Media as one of the ten best records of the year. The 16-month tour for the record brought the band to such venues as The Cartier Foundation Museum in Paris, The Fuji Rock Festival in Northern Japan, the Sydney Opera House in Australia for Brian Enoʼs Luminous Festival.
Braxton's Central Market was released worldwide by Warp Records in September 2009. The album, Braxton's second full length as a solo artist, features a large-scale orchestral score with performances by The Wordless Music Orchestra; the album's name is both a nod at Stravinsky's Petrushka, as well as the worldwide market crash of 2008. Central Market was premiered by Braxton and The Wordless Music Orchestra in the U. S at Lincoln Center, followed by performances at the Library of The Walker Arts Museum, it premiered in the U. K at Steve Reich's Reverberation Festival, Barbican Centre, in 2011 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing and was adapted for ballet by Baryshnikov Art Center resident choreographer John Heginbotham. In 2011, Braxton expanded his focus on an array of other commissions and performances, including a return to Alice Tully Hall to premiere of TREMS, a new 2 movement work for Bang on a Can All Stars, the Barbican premiere of Uffe’s Woodshop for string quartet performed by the Kronos Quartet, a duo with seminal composer Philip Glass for the New York edition of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2012.
Central Market was performed by the London Sinfonietta and Wordless Music Group at Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. In 2013, Alarm Will Sound premiered Braxton’s piece for chamber orchestra and electronics, Fly by Wire, commissioned by and performed at Carnegie Hall. Central Market was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall and the world premiere of HIVE the multimedia composition for 2 modular synthesizers players and 3 percussionists on 5 large wooden pods, premiered at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC and commissioned by Works & Process at The Guggenheim. HIVE was premiered in Europe in Kraków, Poland at the Sacrum Profanum festival. In early 2014, Braxton collaborated with the electronic music pioneers Mouse on Mars, performing a new version of In C by the American composer Terry Riley as a part of the Stargaze festival in Berlin, Germany at the Volksbühne. HIVE premiered in Australia at MONA FOMA in Hobart, Tasmania and at The Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia, as a part of Sydney Festival.
In the summer of 2014, Drum Corps International's Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps included Braxton's compositions Uffe's Woodshop and Platinum Rows in their second place musical program, TILT. In 2015, Braxton released HIVE1, his first solo album in six years and his first on Nonesuch Records. Written and recorded throughout 2013 and 2014, the recording comprises eight pieces that were conceived for a performance work called HIVE that debuted at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2013. Oranged Out E. P, comprising music from the HIVE1 recordings, followed in 2016. In 2017, Braxton recorded with Dirty Projectors on their self-titled album. Death Slug 2000 – with Jonathan Matis History That Has No Effect, JMZ Rise, Rise, Narnack – split LP with Parts & Labor Central Market, Warp HIVE1, Nonesuch Oranged Out E. P, Beatink Records EP C B EP EPC EP C/B EP Mirrored Lives Tonto+ Warp20 Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST Dirty Projectors Rubric Remix New Composers Davidson Review March 2011 New York Magazine on the "New New York School" of Composers Tyondai Braxton discography at MusicBrainz Temp Hides Fun, Fulfilling Life From Rest Of Office Satirical Onion piece, featuring Ty as an intern 2014 Bomb Magazine interview of Tyondai Braxton by Ben Vida