Ever listened to the music in a restaurant and wondered, 'Who picked this?' Musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto certainly has. Read more about the history and concept of what makes for good 'dinner music.'
Sarah Davachi is an L.A.-based composer who defies categorization. Her latest album, "Gave in Rest," is influenced by both church music and electronic machinery, as well as more traditional acoustic sounds.
Brian Eno made his primary fame in rock music, but to consider him simply a "rock producer" is one of the biggest mistakes you could make. His influence on subsequent generations of musical free-thinkers in classical, jazz, electronic, and avant-garde music has been incalculable.
William Bolcom has never allowed expectations about words such as "composer" or "classical" get in the way of writing the music that interests him. Join us as we celebrate the variety and color of Bolcom's musical world as he turns 80.
Tony Banks rose to prominence as the co-founding keyboardist of the British progressive rock group Genesis. But these days, you'll find him firmly planted in the classical world, with the recent release of his third all-orchestral album.
The video is an homage, by Chicago composer and video artist Patrick Lidell, to composer Alvin Lucier's 1969 piece I Am Sitting in a Room. Lucier's original piece uses two tape recorders and, as his "instrument," the room in which he sat. The composer recorded a short narration and then played that back from one tape recorder to another. Each repetition resulted in a slow and steady degradation until the only sound left was the haunting natural resonance of the room.
John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16. Composing just takes longer these days.