‘Stick together. Do as many different things as you feel like. Don’t worry about big organizations. Make it happen yourself.’
Jayson Greene of Pitchfork Media surveys New York’s ‘indie classical’ milieu, as the legacy of the Downtown scene: READ IT HERE
Good, positive and authoritative insights, along with interesting album/playlist recommendations, as you’d expect. Moreover, unlike with the conclusions of most journalists who tackle this scene, Greene’s occasional reservations are ones that I certainly share:
‘On my best days, I see the kind of development I desperately yearned for while attending another orchestral concert where the energy flickered like a dying bulb: a Petri dish of eclectic interests, swarming with potential.
‘On my more cynical days, I see a group of talented musicians who are endlessly congratulating themselves for existing, turning out fairly interchangeable, faceless music that often dissolves into dulcet murmuring on contact.’
Referencing an earlier interview with scene stalwart Julia Wolfe, Greene suggests that these young musicians might need to find some new source of creative ‘friction’ or ‘tension’, given the laissez-faire attitude that has come to prevail. In my opinion, this quality might be regained by turning away from the possibilities of what music can be, and looking instead at the possibilities of what music can do.
ON ANOTHER NOTE, for all y’alls in London, tickets for Carmen Elektra: Opera Underground’s upcoming event TIMBERBRIT (23.03.12) are available as of today!!
Grab them here for only £6, and meanwhile get a little insight into why the biting point has been on such a hiatus these last few months…