Early Audition: Steven Mackey and Jason Treuting, Orpheus Unsung

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Listen to an exclusive full-album stream of Orpheus Unsung, a new instrumental opera by electric guitarist Steven Mackey and drummer Jason Treuting, due Oct. 6 on New Amsterdam Records.

Deerhoof: Communal Composition, Lyrical Abstraction, and Creative Survival

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For 23 years, the members of mercurial quartet Deerhoof have shaped their angular art-rock into a singular sound, a living organism running strong on compositional collaboration and sheer willpower. The band’s latest LP, Mountain Moves, poses many questions about what life in America looks like post-November 2016.

Annea Lockwood: Sound in Nature and the Nature of Sound

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Annea Lockwood would rather leave interpretations of her music up to other people. “I’m always preoccupied with making the latest piece,” she says. She’ll be introducing a new work, Bayou-Borne, for Pauline, at Issue Project Room on Sept. 29, the first night of the two-evening FOR/WITH mini-festival.

In Review: Basilica Soundscape: With Careful Curation Comes Logic in Listening

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The sixth annual Basilica Soundscape festival marked a cross-disciplinary merging of visual art, spoken word and musical performance at a 19th-century glue factory-turned performance space, an exploratory center for thoughtfully curated work at the vanguard of experimentation and confrontation

Edward Yim: Symphonic Dreams at the American Composers Orchestra

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Edward Yim, recently named president of the American Composers Orchestra following prominent roles at the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York City Opera, discusses the ACO's new season and institutional aspirations.

So Percussion: David Lang, Music, Mentorship and Emotional Rescue

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Developing a career as an artist carries a certain pressure to project inevitability. So Percussion is in the fortunate position of now having a stable career and an established vision. Writing now, I can’t think of how any of this would have happened without David Lang.

Vijay Iyer: Taking Stock of the Ojai Music Festival Experience

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"My approach was that, instead of genre, we should talk about community," Vijay Iyer told a near-capacity crowd that filled a local community center in Ojai, California, on a hazy but pleasant Thursday afternoon in early June. The audience had gathered to get to know Iyer: a celebrated composer, improviser, pianist, and bandleader, and the music director of the 2017 Ojai Music Festival. What distinguished a community, he explained, is that it is intergenerational, and continually renewing. The resulting aesthetic, he said, might be one of "openness, welcome, and tolerance."

In Review: Mass MoCA’s Solid Sound Festival Keeps Fans Headed for the Hills With Music, Art and Community

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The idea of a communal gathering has been branded and monetized, while the term “experiential” more often than not refers to a successful interaction an attendee might have with a branding or sponsorship presence at any given festival. MASS MoCA has proven an ideal environment for Wilco to curb this trend and create a small utopia every other year because they share the same belief that thinking as a fan first reaps a holistic engagement and interaction all its own.