Myra’s Way

Trio M's Myra Melford is crazy for projects

April 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Pianist Myra Melford takes on more projects than the Army Corps of Engineers. Most of them are unusual, ambitious undertakings that involve a variety of cultural inspirations, a mix of artistic disciplines and media; innovative instrumentation, and distinguished instrumentalists.

There’s her five, sometimes six-piece ensemble Be Bread in which she plays…

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Musical Networking

Cornetist's acoustic plug-in

April 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Are artists creating symbols and new representations of our technologically-enhanced culture? Certainly they’re employing technology to make art, in the form of computer generated images, synthesized audio and enhanced videos. But where are the symbols, even if made using traditional methods, for the way contemporary society shares, relates and communicates?…

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The Messenger

Gil-Scott Heron memoir gives us half a story.

April 6th, 2012 · No Comments

When Gil Scott-Heron died last May at the age of 62 nearly all the obituaries saluted him as “the Godfather of Rap.” It was a title he modestly denied when I interviewed him in 1995, shortly after his recording Spirits had come out. Poet, novelist, R&B musician and social activist, Scott-Heron…

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