As part of Microfest there will be an evening of Ben Johnston’s music at 7:30 PM, April 25th at Chapman University in Orange, California. The concert will feature a premiere of Johnston’s “Parable”, plus the Los Angeles premiere of the String Quartet #10 performed by San Francisco’s Del Sol Quartet. Also, John Schneider’s performance of [...]
Harry Partch discusses receiving notariety using a scale of 43 separate tones and original instruments with references to his “Genesis of a Music.” There is a brief introduction to “Twelve Intrusions,” this recording which is played by five musicians under Partch’s direction. The pieces are: Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale, Study in the Ancient [...]
Vote for Kepler Quartet / Ben Johnston’s: String quartets 1, 5, 10, for BBC Music Magazine Chamber Music Album of the Year
Cast your Vote for the Kepler Quartet’s recording of Ben Johnston’s: String quartets 1, 5, 10, for the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Music Album of the Year.
It’s a great honor to be nominated, but help them win for their hard work on this amazing album!
Hurry! Voting ends 29 February 2012.
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A video I prepared for Ben’s lecture at Eastman School of Music last year:
Lots to look forward to this year: Premieres of Ben Johnston’s music, an exciting (unreleased) schedule at Microfest, new videos and recordings, lots of John Cage centenary celebrations/performances, and the Kepler Quartet rehearsing and recording the last in the cycle of Ben’s string quartets, Nos. 6, 7, 8.
Leigh Cross is a music enthusiast, scholar, and instrument builder whom Ben and I had the pleasure of meeting last year at a colloquium at Wright State. Leigh has designed and built a proportional pitch keyboard based on Ben Johnston’s fifty-three note, expanded just intonation scale as described in Ben’s paper, Scalar Order as a [...]
Here is Steve Smith’s flattering New York Times review of the new recordings by the Kepler Quartet of Ben Johnston’s String Quartets Nos. 1, 5, and 10.
And they are quite positive:
Frank Oteri’s piece for New Music Box can be found here.
Another review from the blogosphere is here.