Fiesta: More New-New Music

Fiesta: More New-New Music

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Luis Cruz Azaceta's "The Journey," 1988

11/26    More New-New Music  During the last century a huge number of Western composers took a direction that divorced them from their potential audiences and entrenched them in university jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Well sheltered in their academic cocoons of so-called “avant-garde”, “experimental”, “contemporary”, or “new” music these composers carefully shepherded successive generations in strict observance of this tradition, over a hundred years old by now. Around the 1980’s however, some composers, most of them in the west side of the Atlantic, started to challenge and defy the dry orthodoxy of “contemporary music”. By the first decade of the 21th century these mavericks have, finally, opened the windows to a new breeze of music that it is not afraid of beauty, it is not afraid of its links with the traditions of western music and other world traditions and does not reject experiments either, especially successful ones, This is what I call New-New Music.

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