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Legendary composer Philip Glass enthralls a sold-out audience in Emerson Hall [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 30 Sep 2013, ArtsATL

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Composer and pianist Philip Glass concluded a three-day residency at Emory University on Friday evening with a sold-out recital with violinist Tim Fain in Emerson Concert Hall at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Glass opened the program on solo piano with “Mad Rush”…
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AUTHOR’S NOTE: For nearly a decade I was a contributing writer for Creative Loafing, before moving on to writing for ArtsATL. One of my contributing colleagues there was Chad Radford, who is now CL’s music editor. EarRelevant readers will enjoy reading his recent interview of Philip Glass online at Creative Loafing-Atlanta. —Mark Gresham

Robert Spano gives ‘Lecture on Nothing’ the silent treatment

by Mark Gresham | 29 Mar 2011, Creative Loafing

“I am here and there is nothing to say,” begins John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing, which was performed Friday night by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano at Emerson Concert Hall in Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. • READ MORE in Creative Loafing

Photo: Robert Spano performs John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing
Photo credit: Mark Gresham

Soulbird hopes to build a safe nest for Iraqi artists [Creative Loafing]

Atlanta musician goes to Kurdistan to make music amid chaos

by Mark Gresham

TAKING FLIGHT: Tim Brady (middle) with two music students last summer in Iraq.

TAKING FLIGHT: Tim Brady (middle) with two music students last summer in Iraq. (courtesy R. Timothy Brady)

R. Timothy Brady is a soft-spoken young man whose immersion in the arts and sense of moral imperative has taken him on a mission to Iraq. Last Saturday, the composer/activist left Atlanta for Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, to establish an English-language academy where he will teach music, all under the auspices of the nonprofit Soulbird Inc., of which Brady is founder and executive director. … • READ MORE on Creative Loafing-Atlanta

Sony Walkman turns 30 [Creative Loafing]

The Sony Walkman

The Sony Walkman

On July 1, 1979, thirty years ago today, the original Sony Walkman made its public debut as the world’s first portable music player, making delivery of pre-recorded music on-the-go truly practical for the first time, and freeing listeners to take their tunes with them wherever they liked, essentially hands-free. … • READ MORE on Creative Loafing-Atlanta

Moonwalking before Michael Jackson? [Creative Loafing]

by Mark Gresham

Michael Jackson made the moonwalk world-famous during his performance in the 1983 TV special, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. But who inspired the King of Pop to make it his signature step? Here’s a glove full of earlier moonwalkers who could have influenced him in one way or another:

Jeffrey Daniel, a dancer/choreographer who worked with him on the “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal” videos, claimed in a recent NPR interview that he taught Jackson the move. … &Bull READ MORE on Creative Loafing-Atlanta

Jenny Lin – April 1 [Creative Loafing]

by Mark Gresham

Jenny Lin

Jenny Lin

Atlanta composer Jason Freeman’s “Piano Etudes” are among the adventurous modern repertoire performed by pianist JENNY LIN, a charismatic performer with spectacular keyboard technique. Music by Unsuk Chin, Dai Fujikura, György Ligeti, Gabriela Ortiz and more. Free. 7:30 p.m. Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. … • READ MORE in Creative Loafing-Atlanta

Spelman Collge Glee Club – March 21

by Mark Gresham

Spelman Glee Club (courtesy Spelman College)

Spelman Glee Club (courtesy Spelman College)

Sisters in music, the 65-voice group Radcliffe Choral Society from Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, one of the leading collegiate women’s choirs in the nation, joins forces with musical compatriots from Atlanta’s own esteemed Spelman College. Free. 8 p.m. Sisters Chapel, Spelman College, 350 Spelman Lane. 404-681-3643. www.spelman.edu. … • READ MORE on Creative Loafing-Atlanta

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards & Band of the Cold Stream Guards – March 10 [Creative Loafing]

by Mark Gresham

(courtesy CAMI, Inc.)

Here comes the Calvary! Scotland’s only Regiment of Cavalry, and famed for the stirring sounds of their bagpipes and drums, the ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS topped UK music charts with their rendition of “Amazing Grace.” BAND OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS has been in existence for more than 200 years, making it one of the world’s oldest military brass bands and the British Army’s longest surviving Calvary of the Line. Both play the Fox Mon., MARCH 10. $27-$38. 8:00 p.m. 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. • READ MORE on Creative Loafing-Atlanta

Fringe: Smooth around the edges

Event puts a new spin on the old classics

by Mark Gresham

CLASSIC MIX: DJ Little Jen is also a classical trombonist. (credit: Cat Norman)

CLASSIC MIX: DJ Little Jen is also a classical trombonist. (credit: Cat Norman)

The wide rift between classical music and American pop culture has long been a matter of debate. But no matter how old that rift may be, the history hardly matters to today’s under-30 crowd. … • READ MORE on Creative Loafing-Atlanta