At the first-ever retrospective of the work of sound artist Ryoji Ikeda, recently put together by the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the artist presented eight pieces concerned with the limits of perception and the edges of knowledge
Its going to be a long, hot summer for Lawrence Butch Morris, who over the next few months will be conducting an Italian symphony orchestra, a funk band, and the Chorus of Poetsall through repeated back-and-forth trips between Europe and New York, while also finishing a book about conduction.
Whether youre walkin to New Orleans, or taking the train they call the City of New Orleansaside from the harsh truth of Katrina and her aftermath, and the still-massive efforts at recovery, and the Xs marking the many spots of the victimsonce you get there its both a nonstop party and tourist trap.
Its Thursday, March 26, 2009 at the Bowery Electric in New York City, minutes before Electric Blacks first show, the show that could make or break them, and their drummer is late.
Some singers are screechers; some are crooners. Some warble, some growl. There are vocalists we admire for their confident delivery, and others we cherish because they are vulnerable, or funny, or just flat-out bad. (Theres a reason, after all, that Janis Joplin made it into the canon, and its not because she was a shoo-in for American Idol.)