Various Announcements

I hope that the music world has been focusing plenty of attention on Sarah Cahill’s recent concert at San Quentin of works Henry Cowell wrote while he was incarcerated there. The more I read about it, the more historic it sounds, not only in terms of an understanding of Cowell’s life, but also in terms of touching the musically talented inmates held there now. Apparently there’s a long tradition of music as an outlet for prisoners there, Cowell being only the most celebrated (if that is the proper word yet) example.

Minimalists in the news: The Society for Minimalist Music now has a Facebook page, where the Society’s events will be publicized along with various performances and analyses of minimalist music. (I am on Facebook under an assumed name, so you won’t know me when you see me there.) The buzz at the moment is about Tom Johnson’s series of radio programs about composers of his generation, Music by My Friends. Not mentioned on the Facebook page yet, though it should be, is a festival this weekend at Wright State University, “Steve Reich and the Heritage of Minimalism.”


  1. Lucy Mattingly says

    It was an extraordinary experience, Kyle, to be there as a witness, and to be a part of an audience crossing more boundaries than I’d imagined to be possible. Henry Cowell was a hit. As, of course, was the inimitable Sarah Cahill! Lots of clamoring for her autograph.

  2. says

    Regarding performing in prisons, a notable U.K. composer who was also a trombonist, told me many years ago he had depped in a Royal Marine band for a prison concert. The band master, renowned for saying the wrong thing in the wrong situation, at the end of the concert thanked the inmates for being such a wonderful audience, and he “hoped to see them all again when the band returned next year”.

  3. mclaren says

    And of course those of us not on Facebook are f**ked, stuck, ‘n outa luck.

    When did serious people decide that if you’re not part of some online cult, you don’t deserve to get any information?

    What happened to plain old ordinary web pages?

    KG replies: I don’t think anyone in the SfMM over 45 was very enthusiastic about the Facebook idea, but we became convinced that we would miss out on a lot of younger interested people if we neglected to implement a page. We’ll still, in addition, be putting out information the old-fashioned way, via blog and website. (Also, my anonymous Facebook page cost me nothing and contains no personal information at all.)