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Joseph Keckler by Olivia Laing
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Writer and vocalist Keckler performs impersonations of obscure larger-than-life personalities he meets. In her first novel, Laing impersonates Kathy Acker.

The Phenomenon of the Opera by Alexander Kluge
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Passion overwhelms comprehension. Comprehension kills passion.

Looking Back on 2017: Music
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Featuring selections by Jem Cohen, Keith Connolly, Britton Powell, Alan Courtis, Byron Westbrook, and more.

Alexander Chee by Nicholas Mancusi
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“Stakes for women artists of the time were stakes on a much different scale. You had to be a genius just for people to accept that you might be human.”

Max Richter by Tobias Carroll
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“Everyone comes together, then they just go to sleep. It’s an anti-rave.”

Anthony Braxton by Nate Wooley
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The iconoclastic composer discusses his newest opera, the differences between American and European music culture, and space aliens.

Matthew Barney and Gaspar Noé
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“My addiction has to do with performance, with creating a very real situation and then dealing with all the physical problems surrounding it.” —Matthew Barney

BOMB Specific: Dear David: An Exchange by David Geers & Peter Rostovsky
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Great to see you as always. A few questions came to me, typically after all was said and done. I thought I’d send them over while our very interesting conversation was still fresh in my mind.

Anfang Gut. Alles Gut. Actualization of the Futurist Opera Victory Over the Sun 1913 by Veronika Vogler
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One hundred years after its first and only enactment, Victory Over the Sun has re-emerged.

David Lang by Nico Muhly
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Muhly chats with fellow composer, and Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lang about his recent work, love fail, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from December 6 to December 8.

I am an Opera: A Deconstructionist’s Dream by Cassie Peterson
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Cassie Peterson discusses deconstructions of form in Joseph Keckler’s I am an opera.

Robert Ashley by Alex Waterman
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The composer and giant of contemporary music passed away on March 4, 2014. Here he reflects on the 2012 reinterpretation—in Spanish—of his epic opera of the ordinary, Perfect Lives.

A Night at the Opera by Nick Hallett
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The once-staid atmosphere of New York City Opera has lately received a dose of downtown experimentalism. Nick Hallett discusses what he sees as a welcome intrusion.

Michael Counts by John Zorn
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Uniting three works of opera that span over 100 years, Michael Counts curates, directs, and designs his vision Monodramas for the New York City Opera. He speaks with musician John Zorn about the scale and challenges of the stage.

Joan La Barbara and Ne(x)tworks at Roulette by Nick Hallett
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Joan La Barbara staged an excerpt from her opera-in-progress Angels, Demons, and other Muses last Thursday. Nick Hallett describes the otherworldly sounds she created with the experimental music community Ne(x)tworks.

Benedict Mason by George Steel
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“My dream was a synchronized sound of present, absent, and distant musicians choreographed across the audience via the elaborate placement and movements of the performers in the whole building.”

Jesper Just by RoseLee Goldberg
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PERFORMA05 founder RoseLee Goldberg talks with Danish artist Jesper Just about his first-ever opera, True Love Is Yet to Come, which premiered this past spring in New York.

George Steel by William Wegman
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Artist William Wegman has been an early music aficionado since he was a graduate student in the mid-‘60s. when he met George Steel, the Miller Theatre’s impresario who started the encyclopedic Composer Portrait Series, they had plenty to discuss.

Laurie Anderson by Clifford Ross
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In 1999, Laurie Anderson mounted her operatic take, Stories and Songs from Moby-Dick, on Melville’s classic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Clifford Ross joined her for tea and conversation over Melville’s very own bible—marginalia included.

Sam Taylor-Wood by Bruce Ferguson
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On the crest of the new British invasion, Sam Taylor-Wood’s surprising photographs and films catch their subjects in isolated moments, dramas, arguments. Her work is reminiscent of early Warhol, with an operatic style all her own.

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