Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Good Morning Noisemaker 

Wednesday, Apr 14 2010
Comments
New Yorker music critic Alex Ross made an auspicious, much-applauded book debut a couple of years ago with The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. Now, he turns that kaleidoscopic chronicle of a century’s music — surveying the still-present influence of atonal chords, avant-garde sounds, minimalism, and more — into an illuminating, ear-pleasing live event that brings together readings and musical performances. Ross offers portraits of legendary contemporary composers, from Mahler and Strauss at the end of the 19th century to Olivier Messiaen in the early-to-mid-20th-century. Ethan Iverson, best known as the pianist from postmodern trio the Bad Plus, plays piano interludes relevant to the subject in question. Bound, like the book, to send dozens of crazy-eyed music fans on a frenzied pilgrimage to the classical section of their local record shops, elevate many a musical reference level, and put the “noise” of 20th-century music into invaluable context.
Sat., April 24, 10 a.m., 2010

About The Author

Evan James

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Slideshows

  • Jack White at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    Jack White and his band performed at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights in front of sold out audiences. Jack entertained his fans with music that included songs from his days with The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs, as well as hits from his solo albums; Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Photography by Sugarwolf.
  • San Francisco Street Food Festival 2014
    The San Francisco Street Food Festival was another success this year. Dozens of vendors with original, unheard-of creations, such as deep fried mac and cheese on a stick, black pea paste pancakes, and Korean quesadillas. Then there was the comfort foods we've grown accustomed to, like creme bruleé, shrimp rolls, and pound cake. Photographs by Mabel Jimenez.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular