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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Listen: American Mavericks playlists

Posted By on 03.13.12 at 02:30 PM

Tyondai Braxton
  • Tyondai Braxton
This week I wrote a preview for the March 21 concert by the San Francisco Symphony at Symphony Center. The performance is part of Michael Tilson Thomas's American Mavericks tour, which features the music of some the country's most original and enduring composers, many of whom were seen as outcasts for much if not all of their careers. The orchestra makes only one stop in Chicago, but Carnegie Hall in New York is hosting events associated with American Mavericks for most of March.

The San Francisco Symphony plays three New York concerts at the end of the month, and over the next few weeks Alarm Will Sound, Jennifer Koh, Jack Quartet, So Percussion, and other acts perform around the city. Anthology Film Archives presents screenings of films about composers including John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Conlon Nancarrow, and the Kitchen offers concerts by artists who blur genre lines, among them William Basinski, Tristan Perich, and Mary Halvorson. You can find the whole schedule here.

New York classical station WQXR has been cheerleading for American Mavericks, and among its coolest endeavors is a series of "Maverick Playlists" assembled by artists currently at work on the fringes of pop, classical, and experimental music: Padma Newsome (Clogs), So Percussion, David Byrne, Dave Douglas, and more. My personal fave thus far is the playlist provided by former Battles member Tyondai Braxton, who includes works by Nancarrow, Harrison, Glenn Branca, George Antheil, Morton Subotnick, and his brilliant dad, Anthony Braxton. At the station's website you can listen to all of the playlists, but for convenience's sake I've added Braxton's below.

Today's playlist:

Brothers Unlimited, Who's for the Young (Fallout)
Music Music Music, What's a Good Boss Anyway? (Hoob Jazz)
Erik M, Stème (Room 40)
The Core, Party (Moserobie)
Stina Nordenstam, Memories of a Color (Telegram/Caprice)

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