Saturday, January 04, 2003


Next week I will be unveiling a broad selection of live listening possibilities for the early part of 2003. In the meantime the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM) continues to catalogue the best in concert performance on a monthly basis in its excellent New Notes. This includes, for January, the traditional season starters from the accomplished young hopefuls of the Park Lane Group. And don’t forget the forthcoming Mark-Anthony Turnage weekend at London’s Barbican Centre from 17-19 January. Leonard Slatkin, Evelyn Glennie, John Scofield and Pete Erskine are among his stellar collaborators. There are sound samples at the BBC Symphony site, and if you ring the Barbican you can even land yourself a free CD.


Regular visitors to NewFrontEars will notice that the permanent links in the left hand column, mostly (but not exclusively) derived from articles in this log, have been expanded considerably over the past couple of days. There are now 105 in place, alphabetized for ease of reference. In addition to featured composers and performers there are a number of contemporary classical and jazz portal sites, out-rock ensembles, and a sprinkling of trusted record companies and retailers. More will be added regularly, and in some cases elements of a listed site (like SPNM's very good link portal) will be indexed in their own right to assist researchers. In the main body of the log periodic indexes will continue to occur to supplement the weekly archives (NFE is published 5 - 7 times a week now). The article serial numbers [this one is 38.2] were for internal reference but are being published in 2003 to avoid confusion. In its first six months NFE has had over 800 different primary visitors (400 in the last month) and many more page views from at least 14 different countries.

[38.1] QUOTA

"You can't have progress without deviation from the norm. Somebody has to take the chance to go outside the normsand build the next thing." - Frank Zappa

“…art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony.” - Viktor Shklovsky

"You don't have to be a genius or an eccentric to like jazz. It's the difference between liking music where you know exactly what's going to happen - that's Kylie's audience, or even Madonna's - and music where you don't know what's going to happen - that's jazz." Bill Bruford

"I don't think of myself as confined to any rules for composition laid down by anyone that went before me. Art is subservient to genius." - William Billings

“Art should not try to be popular. The public should strive to make itself artistic.” - Oscar Wilde

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