Jonny Greenwood never wanted to be a rock musician; he wanted to be a Renaissance man. Surrounded by his standard rock instruments like guitar, keyboards, xylophones, transistor radios, and synthesizers, Greenwood is known for his ability to play the ondes Martenot, one of the earliest electronic instruments. He is one of the fewer than one-hundred people in the world who have mastered it, which he has incorporated not only into the music of Radiohead, but in his soundtracks and pieces. Continue reading “Polymorphia and 48 Responses to Polymorphia”
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Harvard’s final Group for New Music concert of the academic year. The entire program was full of inventive and inspiring works, showcasing the raw talent of a few of the PhD candidates in composition at Harvard. The piece that struck me the most was the first piece on the program, by Sivan Cohen Elias.
Tonight’s Night Song on Garden St featured Beneficia Lucis, an ensemble of men, directed by James Busby. Night Song is a recurring event held at the First Church in Cambridge, meant to be a non-denominational invitation to join in listening and reflecting. Continue reading “Busby’s Beneficia Lucis Hits Garden St”