Monthly Archives: September 2002

Pistol-packin' Mama and the Blockbuster Redemption

SOONER OR LATER MOST OPERA COMPANIES get around to Nabucco. It has its historic place, as Verdi’s first triumph and for the “Va pensiero” chorus that became the anthem of oppressed Italy. (At the L.A. Opera the chorus was encored, and cheered both times.) Hebrews, virgins, Babylonians, the first of the great father-daughter duets that […]

Precious Stone

CARL STONE’S MUSIC IS THE FOOD OF, well, music. It feeds on found objects – a Schubert fragment, a Tokyo street noise – and raises them to a higher level. In his hands, and through his serendipitous, madcap brain, the process of recycling becomes true art. Alone at his iBook laptop, a scarcely larger 8-track […]