Listening for Heterophony

Book Review of Fumi Okiji, Jazz As Critique: Adorno and Black Expression Revisited (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018) A key insight from Walter Benjamin’s “The Storyteller: Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskov” is what Andrew Benjamin has termed “iterative reworking.” A story is a “plural event,” each retelling both augmentative and constituted by it; […]

The Kirill Gerstein Moment

Album Review of Thomas Adès: In Seven Days (Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Adès, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra) The Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein has established himself as one of the leading pianists of the present. His new album, Thomas Adès: In Seven Days, shows Gerstein at the height of his achievements, as he joins forces with the […]

Musicology, Performance Studies, and Performing Antiquity

Book Review of Samuel N. Dorf, Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance from Paris to Delphi, 1890-1930 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018) Performance studies is unsettled, open, discursive, and multiple in its methods, themes, objects of study, and persons. It is a field without fences. It is “inter” […]. Being “inter” is exploring […]

Dramaturgy of Sound: Bauhaus, Music, Technology

(This blog post is an introduction to the music and sound of the Bauhaus, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Please refer to the accompanying playlist on Apple Music and Spotify. I presented on this material at the international symposium “Bauhaus Beyond Borders: Exploring the Legacy in the 21st Century,” held at Northwestern University […]


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