Today I Listened To …

George Antheil – Fighting The Waves, the music of George Antheil

Until I looked him up in Wikipedia I had not realised George Antheil was American, born and bred in New Jersey. I always thought his music sounded very European, but then he did spend much of his formative years in Europe. I like how he incorporated Jazz influences into his work. Ballet Mecanique is a great piece and conveys the strangeness, complexity and weirdness of modern life as it must have appeared to people living in the 1920ies.








Egberto Gismonti – Infancia

Nowadays best known as a great guitarist, Egberto Gismonti began his formal music studies at the age of six on piano. After studying classical music for 15 years, he went to Paris to study orchestration and analysis with Nadia Boulanger and Jean Barraqué, a disciple of Schoenberg and Webern. After his return to Brazil, Gismonti began to explore other musical genres. He was attracted by Ravel’s approach to orchestration and chord voicings, as well as by “choro”, a Brazilian instrumental popular music featuring various types of guitars. In order to play this music he learned to play guitar, beginning on the 6-string classical instrument and switching to a ten-stringed guitar in 1973. He spent two years experimenting with different tunings and searching for new sounds. By the early ’70s, he had developed the basics of his current style which incorporated elements drawn from musicians as wide-ranging as Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix.

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