Archive: Kyle Gann's selected Village Voice articles
(those not included in the book Downtown Music)

The selection here skews toward early and late articles; early, because I didn't think I quite hit my stride for a couple of years and didn't include as many of those in the book; and late, because the Voice reduced my word-count after 2000, and I didn't think the shorter articles were profound enough for the book. But they're certainly good enough for the internet! I think it will be evident how much my writing style improved through 19 years of excellent editing.

1986:
"Show of Hands" - pianist Rebecca LaBreque, the NY Philharmonic faking Xenakis, December 2, 1986 - my first Voice article

1987:
"Winding Down the Avant-Garde" - musical postmodernism, August 25, 1987; my thinking about postmodernism evolved after this, and I would no longer agree with the article, but I remember the world looking this way in 1987.
"Ear and Mind" - international minimalism on recordings, September 8, 1987
"Gray Matter" - Philip Glass's Satyagraha, October 20, 1987
"I-80 Avant-Garde" - Salvatore Martirano, November 17, 1987
"Sticking It" - S.E.M. Ensemble, November 24, 1987
"The Risks of R & D" - Alvin Lucier, December 22, 1987

1988:
"Poles Apart" - John Zorn, Bobby Previte, February 2, 1988
"Waiting for the Piano" - Richard Teitelbaum, Gordon Monahan, February 9, 1988
"Fear of Symmetry" - Boston Composers Quartet and Kronos Quartet, February 23, 1988
"Lone Star Voodoo" - Jerry Hunt, March 15, 1988
"Toys Are Not Us" - The Kitchen's "Imaginary Landscapes" festival (Tyranny, Lucier, Hirsch, Collins, Weinstein), March 29, 1988
"Mottos and Models" - Morton Feldman, Rhys Chatham, Anthony Coleman, April 19, 1988
"Ancient Lullabies" - Meredith Monk, December 27, 1988

1989:
"Like Veal, Only Chewier" - New Music America '88 in Miami, January 3, 1989
"BYOB" - Experimental Intermedia's 15th anniversary, January 10, 1989
"Out of Your Mind-Set" - George Rochberg's Aesthetics of Survival, January 24, 1989
"In the Loops" - Joshua Fried, Aki Takahashi, February 14, 1989
"Fundamentalism" - La Monte Young's Romantic Symmetry, April 11, 1989
"The Roar of All Things" - Essential Music, Rhys Chatham, April 18, 1989
"Heavy Metal Thunder" - Glenn Branca's 6th, David Rosenbloom, May 30, 1989
"Your Time or Mine?" - Jonathan Kramer's The Time of Music, July 11, 1989

1990:
"Classical Clash" - two articles: interview with Rhys Chatham, and review of Robert Ashley's Morton Feldman Says, November 27, 1990

1991:
"Listening for Peace" - Pauline Oliveros, March 12, 1991

1993:
"An End to Theory" - John Ralston Saul, September 1?, 1993
"Audible Numbers" - Glenn Branca's symphonies on disc, October 26, 1993
"Handmade in Holland" - new music at Amsterdam's Steim, November 30, 1993

1997:
"Piano Rolls and Fresh Mangos" - an obituary for Conlon Nancarrow, September 2, 1997

1998:
"Symphony in Beef Major" - Herman Nitsch, October 13, 1998

1999:
"When 2+2 Isn't 4" - Philip Glass's Monsters of Grace, January 5, 1999
"Classical Trash" - P.D.Q Bach, January 26, 1999
"Words Set, Not Sung" - Melody Sumner Carnahan and her composers, February 16, 1999
"Orpheus Meets Isolde, with Ducks" - Chinese opera: The Peony Pavilion, August 3, 1999
"It's Not Just for Aliens Anymore" - thereminists Lydia Kavina and Pamelia Kurstin, August 31, 1999
"Music Turned Inside Out" - Borbetomagus, October 19, 1999
"Master of the Slow Surprise" - Phill Niblock, November 9, 1999
"In the Realm of the Senses" - Nic Collins, November 23, 1999
"The Wolf Within" - Maria DeAlvear, December 7, 1999

2000:
"How to Hear a Face" - Clarence Barlow, January 11, 2000
"How Do I Quantize Thee" - Paul Lansky, February 8, 2000
"Master of Mugham" - Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, February 22, 2000
"Opera Rad" - Robert Ashley's Dust, April 4, 2000
"Streamlining Chaos" - William Duckworth's Cathedral, April 18, 2000
"The Right Two Notes" - Bernadette Speach, May 16, 2000
"The St. Tom Passion" - Tom Johnson's Bonhoeffer Oratorio, June 6, 2000
"Hendrix from Heaven" - Trimpin's self-playing guitars, June 13, 2000
"Words Belied by Music" - Rob Reich, Corey Dargel, Martha Mooke, July 4, 2000
"One-Man Opera Machine" - new Mikel Rouse discs, July 25, 2000
"D'Dark Eyes" - D'Divaz, August 8, 2000
"Rattling the Stones" - Annie Gosfield, Phil Kline, Glenn Branca's 12th, September 12, 2000
"Lost Treasures" - Theatre of Eternal Music, September 26, 2000
"Blast from the Past" - Charlemagne Palestine, October 10, 2000
"I'll Take Paradise" - Philip Glass's 5th Symphony, October 24, 2000
"Sawing Through Italy" - Giovanni Sollima, November 7, 2000
"Eggs and Elephants" - Henry Gwiazda's video installations, November 21, 2000
"Tri-Century Man" - Sarah Cahill plays Ornstein and Antheil, December 19, 2000

2001:
"Deja Vu Again" - Bang on a Can, January 2, 2001
"Songs of the Open Road" - Rich Kassel transcribes Harry Partch, January 30, 2001
"Women on the Verge" - Joshua Fried's Headset Sextet, February 27, 2001
"Shades of Pretty" - Daniel Lentz's new record label, April 10, 2001
"Credo in Unum Tonum" - religious music by John Luther Adams, Giteck, Wiprud, Tavener, MacMillan, April 24, 2001
"East Village Buddha" - Elodie Lauten's Waking in New York, June 12, 2001
"Dueling with Symphonies" - Glenn Branca's 13th at the WTC, July 3, 2001
"Jumping the Groove" - David First, July 17, 2001
"Music Afraid to Be Heard" - Salvatore Sciarrino, July 31, 2001
"Departing from Recipe" - Philip Glass's Lincoln Center Festival, August 14, 2001
"Everybody Plays" - Downtown orchestration, September 4, 2001
"We Will, We Will Nonpop You" - Kalvos and Damian's Ought One festival, September 18, 2001
"Down but Not Out" - Downtown musicians deal with 9/11, October 2, 2001
"Hear Me Talkin' to Ya" - Walter Marchetti, Robert Ashley, November 27, 2001

2002:
"Composer, Interrupted" - Downtown homages to Ruth Crawford, January 1, 2002
"He's Always a Pop Star to Me" - Billy Joel's foray into classical composition, January 15, 2002
"Leaving Well Enough Alone" - Stuart Isacoff fawns over equal temperament, February 5, 2002
"Too Filmy to Describe" - Ingram Marshall, February 19, 2002
"Fuzzing the Familiar" - Phil Kline, March 5, 2002
"Moon Rising Fast" - Beata Moon, March 19, 2002
"For Your Ears Only" - Mikel Rouse's Dennis Cleveland, again, May 21, 2002
"Overtones of Eternity" - Toby Twining's Chrysalid Requiem, June 4, 2002
"Muscular and Misunderstood" - an obituary for Ralph Shapey, July 16, 2002
"Composing in the Air" - an obituary for Earle Brown, August6 , 2002
"Unidentified Fretted Object" - David Beardsley, October 15, 2002
"Are We Experienced Yet?" - flutist Margaret Lancaster, November 26, 2002
"Like Reich on Vodka" - new music in Moscow, December 10, 2002
"The Moving Pencil Writes" - Meredith Monk's Mercy, December 24, 2002

2003:
"How Music Survives Capitalism " - Theodor Adorno's essays on music, January 7, 2003
"Can't Help but CRI" - death of a great new-music record label, January 28, 2003
"Not Gift-Wrapped" - Frederic Rzewski's ten-disc piano set, February 11, 2003
"It's the Tune, Stupid" - an obituary for Lou Harrison, February 25, 2003
"Your Roots Are Showing" - the S.E.M. Ensemble playing Lauten, Roscoe Mitchell, March 11, 2003
"Micro-Monuments" - American Festival of Microtonal Music, March 25, 2003
"Tuning Your Brain" - David First post-9/11, April 15, 2003
"Where the River Ends" - Robert Ashley's Celestial Excursions, April 29, 2003
"Erasing the Lines" - John Luther Adams, June 24, 2003
"Slice 'N' Dice" - Noah Creshevsky, July 6, 2003
"Global Recipe" - William Duckworth's Cathedral, August 26, 2003
"Pinned Down by the Piano" - Young's The Well-Tuned Piano on DVD, September 10, 2003
"A Sonata Obsessed" - Andrew Violette's three-hour piano sonata, September 24, 2003
"Pursued by Chords" - Daniele Lombardi with 21 pianos, October 15, 2003
"Meet Carl Arff" - Kirk Nurock's Natural Sound Ensemble, November 19, 2003
"Once Upon a Time" - the ONCE festival on records, December 17, 2003

2004:
"Norwegian minimalist raises Beethoven molto adagio bar" - Lief Inge's slowed-down Ninth Symphony, February 18, 2004
"Let X Not Equal X" - Amy X. Neuburg, March 23, 2004
"Call It Spectral" - Spectral music, May 3, 2004
"Felling the Wall" - an obituary for Jonathan Kramer, June 15, 2004
"Hall of Mirrors" - Anthony De Ritis's DJ Concerto, October 12, 2004
"Extreme Makeover" - Mel Marvin's Buwalski, October 25, 2004
"Voice Geek" - Pamela Z, November 29, 2004

2005:
"200 Billion Years Ago" - Sequitur ensemble playing Beglarian, January 25, 2005
"Disorient Express" - the return of Eric Richards, February 23, 2005
"The World in Little Bits" - Charles Amirkhanian, Paul Epstein, May 24, 2005
"Photographs of Songs" - Corey Dargel, Eve Beglarian, July 12, 2005
"Reconstructing the Universe" - Johnny Reinhard's Ives Universe Symphony, September 9, 2005
"Rock Happens" - Barbara Benary, December 5, 2005 (my final Voice article)

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