Whether it’s music we listen to while waiting for the subway or reading at home, here’s what NCP musicians are currently listening to. Add these to your iPod now!
This is the first in our ‘LISTEN!’ series, music recommendations by our friends.
“To be honest… I’m listening to ‘yacht rock’ style music at the moment.”
Whenever I Call You Friend by Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nick
Nabucco by Verdi
“Can’t get enough of Fela Kuti’s V.I.P. live in Berlin. The longest afrobeat song I’ve heard so far at about 40 minutes straight. Ridiculous.”
V.I.P. (Vegabounds In Power) by Fela Kuti Jacob Ter Veldhuis
– Domenica Fossati
“I got to listen to him go WRYYYYYYYY for a couple hours but i’m getting faster at these papers :)”
In Front by Keith Jarrett
– Patti Kilroy
“Most soulful thing you’ll ever hear.”
Giving Up by Donny Hathaway from his self-titled 1971 album
– Mariel Roberts
“His music is always badass and groovy.”
Ohko by Xenakis
L’Ascension by Messiaen
3rd movement of Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto
“Simple and sunny.”
Just You and Me by Zee Avi
Mercy by Duffy
– Isabel Kim
“He expresses so much with minimal lyrics and I love how he’s somehow meshed the sounds of R&B I used to hear when I was a kid with modern, electronic techniques. And his voice has got so much soul. I was right in front of the stage at his LPR concert this past Thursday!”
James Blake (album) by James Blake
– Sugar Vendil
I just got an article from JC Report in my inbox about how small, eclectic, independent shops are popping up in exchange for huge, commercial, cookie-cutter retailers, offering more personal and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences. As I read the article I instantly thought about how we like to have our concerts (which are coming soon! We’ve been spending time planning) in small, intimate venues, and how all sorts of indie music groups and collectives are sprouting up all over the city. Lo and behold, towards the end of the article, owner of independent shop Occulter, Derrick R. Cruz paralled this change in shopping to the music business: “The big music monsters fell and supposedly the music business died,” he observes. “Funny thing happened though: a thousand little independent bands came out of nowhere and made a thousand little movements and new genres…So, one could argue that, creatively, music is more successful than ever…” (Read the full article here.)
Granted, he was talking about pop or rock, but there are parallels to be seen here in classical and new music as well. In music, our small ‘shops’ include (le) Poisson Rouge and Galapagos, who regularly feature independently run composer collectives and music groups that dominate the new music scene. Perhaps because of the economic downturn, many of us have become less dependent on winning grants, competitions, or waiting for something to happen. As far as Nouveau Classical goes, it’s hard for us to get placed in a grant category (the fashion part throws it off) and we’d rather just figure things out on our own sometimes! It really forces us to think about what would make an impact on our audience–the ones who attend our shows–and not just classical music aficionados, who naturally are the ones who make the decisions.
Tell us about your favorite indie music group in the comments (any genre of course), and your thoughts on indie classical/new music groups.
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various types of music determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own music is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. AKA conservatory (joking!)
3. syndrome developed when pop music engages more people than your music and is more commercially viable
We don’t have anything to say in particular, but just wanted to give a quick hello to all of you and let you know we’re around! Just posted pictures from our latest event, VISIONS here, with photos by Frank Wang. While we are too lazy to leave our air-conditioned workspace, we are not too lazy to plan our next season, which has quite a few spiffy things baking in the oven (more like burning nicely crisping in this weather). Also, our very own Sugar Vendil has just won a guest curator spot in the concert series of a very cool contemporary music festival in New York…we’ll dish the details soon! In the meantime, try making some homemade micheladas while you listen to some good music. And since you’re most likely in front of a computer, why not check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. There you’ll receive our updates, along with the occasional cocktail/music/fashion suggestion!