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Composer: Braxton, Tyondai

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Period20th century
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Brooklyn Festival in Los Angeles a mixed bag

The Brooklyn Festival, a week-long celebration of the new music scene from New York City’s “most dynamic borough”, was launched on Tuesday 16 April with a Green Umbrella concert at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.Interestingly enough, the festival came hard on the heels of another festival which ended Sunday, the Hear Now Music Festival.
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Alarm Will Sound bring eclectic new works to Carnegie's Zankel Hall

Alarm Will Sound  ©  Carl Socolow
Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band whose name has become synonymous with new and emerging contemporary classical work. Whether the music is playful of spiteful, dramatic or lighthearted, Alarm Will Sound nails the performance – just as they did Saturday night in Zankel Hall.Opening with Journeyman, a New York première by John Orfe, Alarm Will Sound immediately made their presence known.
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Bang on a Can: Field Recordings at the Barbican

Bang on a Can All-Stars  ©  Stephanie Berger
Bang on a Can were gentle with their London audience last night, giving the UK première of their Field Recordings project, a sequence of nine new compositions which all involved recorded sound or video samples.
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Kronos Quartet at the Hackney Empire

Kronos Quartet Barbican Residency / Hackney Empire  ©  Mark Allan
Cool venue – cool ensemble – cool concert! The Kronos quartet are successful where so many fail in bringing the often-too-distinct worlds of pop/rock and classical together. This concert highlighted their commitment to forging their own performance aesthetic by only programming music that has been written specifically for them.
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